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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 January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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