Whether you're heading to the beach, boat, or mountains this summer, some of your most precious cargo goes in the cooler. Do yourself a favor and avoid the $5 styrofoam pails from the convenience store. Instead, invest in one that will last for years. Here are some of the best new coolers on the market, many of which are relatively abuse-proof and insulated to keep food and drinks cold for more than a week. They also come with buckles, locks, tie-downs, and skid plates to keep the goods inside secure.
Best for Backyard Parties
Multiple-day rager? No problem. This near-indestructible, open-top, 20.8-gal cooler holds a full-size keg or 96 cans, along with plenty of room for ice. Two inches of pressure-injected insulation will keep your brews cold through endless rounds of cornhole and croquet. [$250; yeticoolers.com]