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6 Best Ice Coolers for Essential Kitchen Needs

6 Best Ice Coolers for Essential Kitchen Needs

Searching for the best ice coolers is not an easy task. The main hurdle is a vast amount of the ice coolers available. The major factors that need to be considered while buying the ice cooler are size, durability, and rate of ice retention. The coolers and ice chests are different things so be aware of the difference while buying refrigerators.

Here are some of the best ice coolers available in the market.

OAGear- Cooler Sports Pack

This ice cooler is an excellent choice for taking on a picnic, party or to the beach. This cooler can store about 20 cans without ice and almost 12 can with ice. It is easy to carry as it is built like a backpack. It is not very heavy. It has side pockets which can be used for storing extra items such as keys etc. The material utilized in the manufacturing of the cooler is also good.

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This cooler does not have the best ice retention rate. It is enough to get you through a day. It cannot keep the drinks chilled overnight. If the cooler is kept in the sun, then drinks will be held cold for about 6 to 7 hours.

Coleman Soft Cooler With Hard Line

It is the best cooler for outdoor trips. It can hold 20 cans with ice. It is shaped like a backpack and can easily be carried around. Apart from cans, it can also carry wine bottles. The ice retention rate of the cooler is also good. It can keep the drinks chilled for at least a day. It can hold the ice for overnight sometimes as well. It has big front pockets and can be used for storing personal things.

It is a soft cooler so it cannot provide the level of protection that is provided by the hard cooler.

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AO Coolers Soft Cooler

It is a durable and stylish soft cooler. It is suitable for long trips. It is very spacious and can hold 36 can with ice. The build of the cooler is very stable. The compartments of the refrigerator are airtight. The firm lining of the cooler is durable. It has excellent insulation which is made up of high-density foam. Because of high-performance insulation it has very high ice retention rate. It can hold ice for a whole day even in extreme heat.

One of the disadvantages of this cooler is that its high insulation makes it a little bulky.

Rubbermaid Cooler

It is a straightforward and small ice cooler. It has good capacity and can hold 26 cans with ice. It is cheap and efficient cooler. It is good at keeping drinks chilled for a day. It is durable. It has a sturdy handle. It does not have any special functions.

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The ice retention rate is not very good because it is pretty simple. There are no unique features of this cooler.

Engel Ultimate Ice and Dry Box Cooler

This cooler has exceptional insulation. The insulation is made up of polystyrene and polypropylene. It can hold the ice for 2 to 3 days. It is lightweight and also waterproof up to 3 feet. It keeps the drinks and food airtight. It has good storage capacity and can hold 40 cans with ice. It is durable and perfect for outdoors.

Yeti Roadie

It is one of the best ice coolers in the market. This cooler is very lightweight but also adamant. It features foam rubber gasket which makes it unyielding. This cooler is waterproof as well. It can float if it falls into the water. The ice retention rate of this cooler is very impressive. It can hold ice for about five days. It has dense layers of insulation. It also has a design that is ergonomically perfect. It is a little expensive, but it is worth the money.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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