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Best Backpack Coolers With Storage Compartments

Updated on April 4, 2013

Take Lunch Anywhere You Go

My first experience with a cooler backpack was on a canoe trip, it was loaned to me by a friend. She handed me this backpack when I asked to borrow a cooler, kinda thought she was crazy. I looked at it and was sure there was no way I could get everything in there needed for two people for a eight mile lazy canoe trip.

After I laid everything out it was very easy to pack everything plus have a little extra room. The only real difference was that is was not packed in a lot of ice and I could not just throw things in like I might a regular boxed cooler.

I still have not got my own (although I have borrowed it more then once) but I was defiantly impressed by how much it stored and that I did not have to lug a big cooler around like everyone else. On our hike to and from the canoe site we was able to enjoy the walk there and too while others where having a hard time.


Great For Camping and Hunting

A backpack style cooler is the way to go when you do not want to spend your day lugging around an awkward thing with lots of ice in it. No need to carry a lot of different bags, other non-perishable items can be carried in non-cooler departments.

Cathy's Concepts Tailgate Backpack Cooler Chair
Cathy's Concepts Tailgate Backpack Cooler Chair

A chair, backpack and cooler all rolled into one.

Igloo Real Tree Softside Hunting Cooler Backpack
Igloo Real Tree Softside Hunting Cooler Backpack

Roomy with lots of pockets to store other things needed on a hunting or hiking trip. For those camo loving campers, also great to take on a hunt.

Picnic Time Zuma Insulated Cooler Backpack & Mini Tool Box (ml)
Picnic Time Zuma Insulated Cooler Backpack & Mini Tool Box (ml)

Extra large with lots of pockets, comes with cool little tool box.


Made Just For Mom and Babies

This is the momma of all backpack for moms of small kids. A definite must for moms on the go from short trips to long trips. This is not the type of Diaper bag where you throw everything in then dig it all out when you need to find something like a regular backpack. This diaper bag style backpack opens like a refrigerate to reveal cooler department, storage area and even has front storage for a portable DVD player.

Travel Baby Depot Bag / Travel Diaper Backpack in Cranberry Red
Travel Baby Depot Bag / Travel Diaper Backpack in Cranberry Red

* Comes in black, purple, blue and red.

* Has attached diaper station with soft changing pad.

* Includes removable baby wipe dispenser

* Special storage space for up to 16 large diapers.

* Features insulated cooler department to hold baby bottles, sippy cups and snacks.

* Special vented pouch to keep to pacifiers.

* Perfect size for an airplane carry-on, measuring 19" high x 15.5" wide


Waterproof - Great For Float and Conoe Trips

While these waterproof backpacks are not just for the creek, they are great for being around water. Zip up the back tight and food cooler compartment dry and cool. Waterproof seal in the cooler also keeps your other stuff from getting soaked from ice melting in cooler.

Take Me To The Amusment Park

Not every trip requires a big backpack or cooler. Sometimes all is needed is a light weight easy to carry cooler to carry lunch, or maybe even a simple way to carry cold items back from the store.

This light weight drawstring cooler backpack is light enough to fold into purse or glove department until it is needed.

Insulated Drawstring Backpack Cooler Bag, Red by BAGS FOR LESS
Insulated Drawstring Backpack Cooler Bag, Red by BAGS FOR LESS

Made with EVA material to keep your items fresh for hours.


A Sporting Events Must Have

Sporting events, especially youth games require a lot of planning when bringing a family along. Many times you need to pack medication, snacks, maybe lunch, extra socks, another mouth guard just in case and water for the family. To avoid a backpack and a cooler, these backpacks with cooler compartments can help keep things simple.

Picnic Time PTX Insulated Backpack Cooler, Red
Picnic Time PTX Insulated Backpack Cooler, Red

This one would be great if packing for a whole family for a all day event.


Just for Toddlers on the Go

When a toddler gets to be about two they start to want as much independence as they can have. Many young kids will pack anything in there backpack including luch rather they have a cooler in their bag or not. These bags gives young kids and toddlers a way to carry their own things in their bag.

Olive Kids Robots 12 Inch Backpack
Olive Kids Robots 12 Inch Backpack

Cool blue robot print with roomy place for lunch.


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