55L Tobermory Chilly Ice Box outside in fresh snow.

Best Ways To Use Your Cooler In The Off Season!

In the Summer, we all love pulling ice cold drinks out of our Chilly Ice Box, passing a beer to your camping buddy, chilling on the dock and watching the quiet lake as the sun sets. Snap back to reality, it's November, the weather says no to all of the above. Your cooler is sitting in your garage with no purpose for 5 months, sorry eh. Not to worry, we got you covered on how you can still put it to good use.


1. Keep food hot while transporting - Yes, the "cooler" can also keep food warm for a longer period of time thanks to air tight insulation. Our coolers have 40mm of Pressure Injected Insulated Walls! This ensures that you keep your pie warm while taking it to a holiday dinner, keeping your take-out food fresh for the drive home, or transporting your famous pot-luck dish to the holiday party!

Note: Use for transporting and not for keeping foods hot overnight. Do not leave in car.


2. Ice fishing - We know some of you don't let the weather stop you from the outdoors. 

According to Gord Pyzer, "A cooler is ideal for storing and keeping dry your sonar units, tip-ups, and spare clothing.  Plus, when you use a cooler, your equipment doesn’t roll around inside the sled and break.  It is precisely why we pack all of the television gear into large insulated coolers when we’re filming in the wintertime."

"I use a smaller cooler, on the other hand, to store live minnows and especially, freshly thawed dead baits when I am ice fishing for giant northern pike.  Thanks to the thick insulation in the cooler walls and lid, my bait never freezes."

Tire tracks in fresh snow leading to a small cabin.

Read more: https://www.outdoorcanada.ca/cooler-on-ice/


3. The perfect place to hide Christmas gifts. No one would ever suspect!


4. Storage unit for winter adventures. Bring it snowmobiling, snowboarding or skiing and pack it full of dry clothes and anything else you need.


A family cross country skiing in the winter.


5. Use it as a place to store healthy snacks, such as vegetables, granola bars, fruit, sandwiches, ect...


If you don't plan on using your cooler until Summer, that's okay! You might want to consider cleaning it for your next use, here are our best tips on how to keep that cooler like-new.

  • We recommend using mild, abrasive, eco-friendly soap and warm water for the inside.
  • Ensure you cover all crevasses, lips and even the drain hole by using a detail brush (a toothbrush works!).
  • If there are left over stains you cannot get rid of, use baking soda and warm water and scrub away!
  • Rinse the inside with warm water and use the drain hole to empty the dirty water out. We recommend giving it another quick rinse after the first and draining it again to ensure all the dirty water is out. Give it a quick wipe down with a dry cloth.
  • Close the cooler and repeat the same for the outside. Make sure you close the drain valve before rinsing with water.
  • If there is an odor, use a food safe disinfectant spray containing sodium hypochlorite, let the spray dry and rinse.
  • Lastly, let the cooler air-dry with the lid open to avoid mold and mildew.

We hope this helps you get a few extra uses out of your cooler this Winter. 





            Gord Pyzer (2017), Why you need to bring a cooler (or two!) when ice fishing, Retrieved from: https://www.outdoorcanada.ca/cooler-on-ice/