Most people don’t consider the quality of cooler when camping or picnicking. They load in some ice and hope it stays chilled for a few hours. Pelican Products’ line of heavy-duty Elite Coolers will, however, retain water in its solid state for up to 10 days (depending on conditions), thanks to two inches of thermal insulation surrounding the storage area and a freezer-grade gasket between the lid and the box. The latches on all their models are also of the heavy-duty variety, as are the handles and other hardware, which is why Pelican Elite coolers are guaranteed for life. They’re available in a variety of sizes, from 20-250 quarts, with prices ranging from about $250-$800. Full info and dealer locations are at


Frozen water for up to 10 days