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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 July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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