Enjoying the Beach with Coleman

Every year we go to Santa Cruz beach with some family friends on Labor Day Weekend, and every year we do the same thing. We meet on the beach, have a picnic lunch, frolic in the sand and surf (and I NEVER put so much as a toe into that icy cold water) then head over to the Boardwalk and spend the rest of the day on the rides. Nothing changes except the kids, who grow taller every year.

Except this year. This year we had the brand spanking new cooler that Coleman sent us so our family could enjoy the outdoors more. Our old Coleman cooler is wonderful, but just too small to hold lunch, snacks, and all-day drinks for a family of five. I've always been envious of our friends' Coleman wheeled cooler, and now we've got a Coleman cooler that's the hottest one on the beach.

The Basics
Coleman's 50 Quart Wheeled Xtreme 5 Party Stacker Cooler has wheels and a telescoping handle for easy transport. It holds 84 beverage cans and keeps contents cool for up to 5 days at temperatures up to 90 degrees! The lid has 4 cupholders, one at each corner, and the cooler can be stacked with other Coleman coolers for space-saving storage.

The Bongga
I feel like saying Hooooo-Ahhhhh!, because this is really a workhouse of a cooler. You can load it up inside (with food and ice) and outside (with coolers, bags, and other paraphernalia) and cart it around easily, thanks to the handle and wheels. We were even able to pull it across the sand! Note the various beach bags, blankets and chairs Alfie piled on top.

It's so big, I was able to pack lunch, drinks and snacks for the five of us, with room to spare. I tossed in a couple of ice packs and everything inside the cooler stayed ice cold the whole day, even though we left it in full sun all day. The day after our beach trip, it was no trouble at all to clean; I just hosed it down, opened the drain at the bottom and let all the water flow out. It's really the perfect family cooler!

The Blah
The lid can be difficult to open, and I would love to have a tray that fits at the top of the cooler so that we can store some items that need to stay dry and away from all the melting ice.

The Bottom Line
Coleman's 50 Quart Wheeled Xtreme 5 Party Cooler is the perfect way to keep things cold for large gatherings, whether you're in your back yard or toting a picnic lunch.

Disclosure: Coleman sent me this cooler to facilitate my review. I was not paid to review the product or give my opinions. Product information is provided by the featured company/product and is clearly indicated as such. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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