The Sun Squad coolers feature fruity motifs and tropical colors. Plus, they're all under $20!

By Kimberly Holland
May 28, 2020
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With Memorial Day weekend in the rearview mirror, it's time to take our quarantine outdoors — as long as it's socially distanced, of course. Whether you're grilling hamburgers in your backyard, soaking up some sun in your pool, or having a picnic in the park, you have myriad reasons to need cool drinks this summer. And if you're not in the mood to lug a hefty cooler with you, Target's new collection of Sun Squad cooler totes may be just the item you need for summer activities.

The line of coolers show a fruity motif, with pineapple, watermelon, and grapefruit featuring prominently on several of the items. But if you want a slightly more subtle take, they also have a beautiful solid teal that's reminiscent of the Caribbean's crystal-clear waters and a stripe pattern that definitely reminds me of beach umbrellas.

The cooler backpacks can hold up to 20 cans. Smaller wide-mouth coolers hold 16. The handy totes with strap hold 12, and if you're feeling it, there's even a waist cooler for refreshment on the go.

And just because they're cute doesn't mean they won't deliver on their promise to chill. Each cooler is made with high-density thermal insulation and a leak-proof lining that's easy to clean if there's ever a spill. Plus, the padded backpack straps and wide tote straps make carrying a full case of sparkling water, soda, or beer a lot more comfortable. The backpacks even have exterior pockets for stashing snacks or sunscreen.

20-Can Pineapple Backpack Cooler

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The cute green frond makes this cooler backpack look quite realistic. Reviewer SarahT wrote, "This cooler/back pack is adorable and a good size. It will hold plenty. It can be used to carry tall bottles of water and a lunch. I loved it so much I bought my daughter one."

Buy it: $20; target.com

12-Can Pineapple Tote

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Don't need to carry quite so many cans? The slightly pineapple smaller tote, which still has a nice wide strap for comfortable carrying, may be the better pick. The top unzips and expands for extra storage space, and an outside pocket can hold snacks, sunglasses, or keys.

Buy it: $10; target.com

Pineapple Waist Cooler

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If you don't have a shoulder or hand to spare, a waist cooler may just be the best summer gift you can give yourself. Though smaller, it has plenty of room for a can or two, or even small bottles of rosé.

Buy it: $8; target.com

20-Can Watermelon Backpack Cooler

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Summer days bring precious in-season watermelon, and if you can't get enough of it in any form, you can sport your love for the ruby fruit with a new cooler. "Love the watermelon cooler! Good price. Ice stayed for a while without melting too," writes reviewer Mandi.

Buy it: $20; target.com

12-Can Watermelon Tote

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The pop art-style watermelon motif is fresh and fun. The navy blue makes it a great choice for carrying beverages and a sack lunch all year. "Super cute & very functional top zip. Definitely worth the price, I expected it to be smaller," writes reviewer sunnygrl.

Buy it: $10; target.com

Watermelon Cooler Tote

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If you're planning a picnic for a small crowd, like just two people, this smaller tote will be your go-to cooler for the summer. You can keep a few drinks chilled along with your sandwiches or salads.

Buy it: $10; target.com

Grapefruit Cooler Tote

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Subtle shades of pink and yellow are effervescent and fresh. This smaller cooler tote, like the watermelon tote, is right sized for a picnic for one or two.

Buy it: $10; target.com

16-Can Striped Wide-Mouth Backpack Cooler

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Slightly smaller than the larger 20-can cooler, this one holds 16, which is still plenty for a crowd for the day. The cheery stripes feel destined for a day in some sand.

Buy it: $15; target.com

16-Can Aqua Wide-Mouth Backpack Cooler

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If you can't see the blue of an ocean this summer, you can still admire the blue of this backpack. The 16-can capacity is room for a whole day outside, or a family can pack everything you need for a picnic.

Buy it: $15; target.com

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