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Taking a cooler or buying one at ACE #177356
12/06/2018 10:53 PM
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So, have a great single handle Igloo playmate cooler that I first saw at ACE Hardware last time on island. Bought one when i got home.

Who brings a cooler with them? Is it easy to carry on, check it?

Or should I just buy one at ACE? Is the place fully stocked as it was pre-irma?

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Re: Taking a cooler or buying one at ACE [Re: PelicanPirate] #177359
12/06/2018 11:49 PM
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We always bring a frozen fully loaded soft cooler in our checked luggage and then use it on the beach.

Re: Taking a cooler or buying one at ACE [Re: PelicanPirate] #177362
12/07/2018 04:55 AM
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Cost U :Less have some really good practical ones in stock now. Probably a lot easier than having to carry one down as a carry on.

Re: Taking a cooler or buying one at ACE [Re: PelicanPirate] #177367
12/07/2018 07:19 AM
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We always bring a soft sided cooler compressed in our checked bag. It holds as much as my Igloo playmate and is much easier to pack. There are plenty out there including ones that you put in the freezer. We did put frozen food in one of these freezer types and it survived the trip fine in a checked bag. We really don't bring meat down anymore though....

Re: Taking a cooler or buying one at ACE [Re: PelicanPirate] #177369
12/07/2018 07:51 AM
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We bring our soft sided Polar Bear cooler and use it as a carry on. Polar Bear is offering a 2 for 1 right now.

Re: Taking a cooler or buying one at ACE [Re: PelicanPirate] #177381
12/07/2018 09:39 AM
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We also bring a soft-sided cooler and pack it in our suitcase. We take it everywhere....unless the restaurant at the beach we are at prohibits it. I remember a few places on Orient told us we were not allowed our cooler. Don't know the situation post-Irma. If we buy too many souvenirs ie Rhum (LOL) on the island we pack them in the cooler and check it as an additional bag on the way home.

Re: Taking a cooler or buying one at ACE [Re: Jaybird] #177383
12/07/2018 10:11 AM
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Can you advise where you saw the 2-4-1 sale?



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Re: Taking a cooler or buying one at ACE [Re: deputydog1157] #177384
12/07/2018 10:29 AM
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We got the email notice too of the sale for the cooler.

Re: Taking a cooler or buying one at ACE [Re: deputydog1157] #177388
12/07/2018 10:54 AM
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50% OFF WHEN YOU BUY 2 OR MORE!
Expires Dec 20, 2018
The 2 for 1 Holiday Deal is finally here! 😍😍😍

50% OFF ALL COOLERS when you buy 2 or more with coupon code "2211" at checkout. No limit on quantity - WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Less



PolarBear cooler link

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Re: Taking a cooler or buying one at ACE [Re: PelicanPirate] #177389
12/07/2018 11:03 AM
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Thanx



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Re: Taking a cooler or buying one at ACE [Re: PelicanPirate] #177395
12/07/2018 12:21 PM
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We always bring a cooler as carry-on wherever we travel. I put a duffle/gym bag at the bottom then put some clothes in a plastic bag (garbage bag) place on top then if TSA wants to look inside they can. If travel in USA when we land and rent a car for a road trip I just take the duffle out fill it with the plastic bag of clothes/shoes or whatever then stop at a wall.mart for ice, water, veggies, cheese etc and fill the cooler.

If using ti at SXM you could freeze food fill it and check it.

Re: Taking a cooler or buying one at ACE [Re: PelicanPirate] #177399
12/07/2018 01:04 PM
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Personally, we have checked a bag with food in it ONCE. And the bag took a couple of days longer to get to SXM than we did. We have a small cooler that we take as carry-on. I personally would never check food again. Your mileage may vary.

Another option, if you want, is you can rent a cooler for $10 a week from Craig at Packlight. He has a medium sized flat top cooler that we often rent. We use it as a table on the beach also.


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Re: Taking a cooler or buying one at ACE [Re: deputydog1157] #177403
12/07/2018 02:00 PM
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Originally Posted by deputydog1157
Can you advise where you saw the 2-4-1 sale?

Just a heads up on the Polar Bear Coolers. I have 3 of them and the 2 newer ones have a totally different lining than the original which makes the capacity several cans (or whatever you are packing) less. It is a much stiffer lining and will not "give" at all like the original. Supposedly it is an anti-microbial lining but it really limits the packing as it is so stiff. The old "12 pack cooler" I have would easily hold 16+ cans and ice and did a great job. I have yet to get even close to 12 cans in the new "12 pack cooler" from Polar Bear. They do a great job for a soft sided cooler but the improved/new lining limits capacity. I would suggest ordering a size bigger than what you think you will need. With this special, it is a very good time to consider one.


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Re: Taking a cooler or buying one at ACE [Re: PelicanPirate] #177410
12/07/2018 02:45 PM
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We pack our soft sided cooler in our suitcase and fill it with our liquids.

Re: Taking a cooler or buying one at ACE [Re: PelicanPirate] #177417
12/07/2018 06:07 PM
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we found a great backpack cooler at Costco a couple of years ago. I use it as a carryon



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Re: Taking a cooler or buying one at ACE [Re: PelicanPirate] #177425
12/07/2018 09:04 PM
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Many people bring small coolers and check them or carry in luggage. You can also buy coolers at Ace if that is more convenient.


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Re: Taking a cooler or buying one at ACE [Re: PelicanPirate] #177467
12/08/2018 01:17 PM
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Like a lot of you said, a soft or collapsible cooler works great. We've used one for years. It's also terrific for putting your liquids in such as sun tan lotions. I also fill it up with cans of tuna, energy bars and anything else that could fit in it. There's plenty of room for it in my checked bag. If you don't want to fill it, just fold it up.

Re: Taking a cooler or buying one at ACE [Re: PelicanPirate] #177478
12/08/2018 03:17 PM
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Soft sided cooler also works well in checked luggage to brine back your booze to. Gives good padding.


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