|Hey, why not?|
OK, so this is a pretty lousy "cooler", I admit. But it has two great redeeming features:
1. It's free.
2. It's just about the same interior size as a "proper" 24-pack soft cooler. Such as, the Polar Bear 24-pack soft cooler I've been eying as a means to take lunch to the park.
I was uncertain if the 24-pack was too small, too large, or just right for this. This cheapie surrogate lets me try it out without spending $75 for the privilege.
Here's a sort-of pack for a hot dog / hamburger lunch for 4. It's rough but it's just stuff I had lying about that I would probably take. I would put the hot dogs or patties in a separate "hot box" cooler so they don't go in here.
|Not-so-full house (yet)|
|The usual suspects|
Obviously this is missing two major items: buns and ice. However:
- Taking out the granola bars leaves room for buns in a Tupperware container
- I've fit full-size bottles and jars of condiments in there without difficulty, but I could obviously take smaller containers
- Also fit three water bottles and two 1 liter boxes of juice, which could be pre-frozen to help things stay cool
- There is still room for ice packs or loose ice
From this, I'm pretty sure the Polar Bear 24-pack is about right for my needs. The Polar Bear or AO would obviously be a little bit different, but only an inch or so either way.
|The car camping "fridge"|
I will note the Molson came with an entire 24-pack of beer inside of it - that was kind of the schtick in the store. So it's obviously a 24-pack cooler! (It did not have room for any ice or anything, making it a 24-pack in name only, but this is very typical for coolers.) It is also obviously very thin material and of virtually no use as a cooler, but will do fine for plates, cups and stuff.
For comparison, here's the Molson "cooler" and case in my new Macwagon. (It's just for size, I don't drink the stuff.)
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