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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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