Ten of the Best Cool Bags to keep your Food and Drink Fresh and Cold

Picnic weather is just around the corner and no one wants a limp sandwich or warm fizz. So buying the right cool bag is essential if you want to enjoy eating al fresco. But there are so many to choose from! Whether you need one for a large family, a couple of hardy hikers or to keep baby food cool, we have selected a range of cool bags in all designs and prices.

The Lakeland Insulated Cool Bag, 20L: £29.99

cool bagsThis is a nice medium-sized cool bag with plenty of space for a family of four. We suggest taking an additional cooler for cold drinks but this bag will be fine for the food. It will keep stuff cold even in direct sunlight so you don’t have to be fussy about where you put it. This is due to the efficient Flectalon’ lining developed by the NASA space research programme. Lightweight but sturdy.

Sophie Allport Peony Oilcloth Picnic Bag, 25L: £32.00

cool bagsSpend a little more and you can get this pretty looking cool bag from Sophie Allport. What we like about this cool bag is that it comes in loads of different patterns including dragonflies, bees, garden birds, ducks and horses. It also has matching accessories such as picnic blankets, plates, mugs, beakers and lunch bags. It is waterproof and thermal.

Outwell Albatross Cool Bag, Large: £34.00

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This cool bag features a removable box you can fill with water and freeze and then use as an icebox. Inside is spacious and insulated and designed to keep food and drinks cool and fresh. There is an adjustable strap and a pocket in the front.

Beau & Elliot Stripe Lunch Cooler Bag: £15.00

cool bagsOn hot days you want something to keep your lunch cool that doesn’t look like you are off on a 100-mile hike across the Amazon. This striped cool bag could easily be mistaken as a tote shopper it is so funky. It is insulated and hard-wearing and has a zipper top and keeps food cold.

Fortnum’s Canvas Cool Bag: £75.00

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Now we don’t know the capacity of this cool bag but we do know that just owning one is the perfect excuse to fill it with lovely nibbles and drinks and head off outdoors in the sun. It is fully insulated and has features such as leather handles and the Fortnum’s branded badge and zip pull. Has matching accessories including a thermos flask.

NUKOOL Large Cool Bag in Navy Stripe, 15L: Was £25.99 now £12.99

cool bagsThis is pretty handy as it comes with its own ice pack. At 15l capacity it is ideal for a couple and we like the additional pockets in the front and side for separating different items.

Airgo Garda Self-Inflating Coolbag, 30 Litre: £34.99

cool bagsThis cool bag is perfect for a larger family that likes to make a day of it. The bag keeps food and drink cool for 14 hours and uses thermal insulation. It is self-inflating so it saves space in the car and it uses water-resistant material.

John Lewis & Partners Modern Country Floral Print Lunch Cooler Tote Bag, 5L: £14.00

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A smaller cool bag here that is ideal for keeping your lunch fresh and cool or keeping drinks cold when you go camping in the heat or to take along to the beach on a hot day. It keeps food and drinks cool for up to 6 hours. The wipe-clean surface is easy to clean.

Summerhouse Java Family Cool Bag, 25L: £19.99

cool bagsWhat we like the most about this cool bag it that it is large enough for a small-sized family but tall enough to stand drinks bottles inside. Insulated inside it will keep drinks and food cold for 6 hours and cool for an extra 2.

Polar Gear Baby Cool Bag Pink: £10.99

cool bagsThis cool bag is perfect for taking everything you need to keep your baby happy on a long trip. It is insulated and comes with its own re-freezable ice pack. There’s a front pocket which is great to stash tissues or wet wipes. Also available in blue.






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