Why Buying a Cooler Is the Smartest Way to Prep for Natural Disasters
As a lifelong Midwesterner I know to expect at least one storm-related power outage every year. But turns out I'm not as prepared as I thought I was. Sure, I have flashlights, batteries, and bottled water. But what I really need is a cooler.
I learned the hard way. Recently where I live was a hit with a derecho - a straight-wind storm. The winds were so powerful in some areas it would've been labeled a Category 3 hurricane. Power lines were trashed, and my household was without electricity for 50+ hours. Some areas went an entire week without power!
Since I don't own a large cooler, I had to toss hundreds of dollars-worth of food. So now I'm on the hunt for the best cooler, because when you live in the Midwest, another storm is just around the corner. And the Yeti Tundra 65 is at the top of my list.
Buy it: Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler, $350; amazon.com
Yes, the price is steep: $350 for the Tundra 65 and $450 if you size up to the Tundra 75. But the cost of one cooler over a lifetime of annual storms more than makes up for the cost of food loss. Not to mention I'll use it for fun things like camping, backyard parties, and tailgating (Someday we'll get to tailgate again, right?).
The Yeti Tundra 65 holds roughly 50 quarts or about 13 gallons. Plenty of room for essentials such as milk, cheese, yogurt, (RIP all the Chobani Flips I threw away), chicken, and eggs. And according to Yeti, it holds 42 beers, including ice. And we all know a few cold boys are essential.
Yeti's coolers come with extra-thick walls built with Permafrost insulation made from commercial-grade polyurethane foam. They've thought of everything to make sure the cold stays in. From the hinges and latches, to the gasket and Interlock lid system. But don't take my word for it.
According to one five-star review of the Tundra 65, "The beverages stayed refrigerator-cold for 5 DAYS! And there was still frozen ice in there. I couldn't believe it."
Another reviewer said, "We put dry ice on the bottom and filled with bags of ice, and our ice lasted 7 days in in mid-August. Drinks, milk, cheese, and yogurt were all kept fresh and ice cold. It really is worth the money."
SEVEN DAYS? Sold.
I guess now the only thing I have to decide is what size cooler is best for me. Bring it, Midwestern storms.