Hydro Flask's 8-liter insulated tote is the perfect size to bring lunch to work, and it's easy to clean in case anything spills
- The entire Insider Picks team loves Hydro Flask and its line of insulated water bottles and cups.
- Recently, the brand came out with a line of insulated bags designed to keep your food and drinks chilled for up to four hours. There are three sizes - 8, 20, and 35 liters - and prices start at $44.95.
- I tested the smaller 8 L lunch tote on day trips to Central Park, Brighton Beach, and even just lounging on my apartment building's rooftop. The bag kept my beers and lunch cold even in the extreme summer heat.
One of my favorite parts about living in NYC is spending my Saturday afternoons laying out on a blanket in the middle of Central Park's Great Lawn with some good friends, cold beers, and a bag of Lay's BBQ chips. On most summer weekends, there's a good chance that you'll find me heckling the outfielders playing in that day's little league games.
Dog days at the park, which are mostly just socially acceptable excuses to crack open a cold beer in the early afternoon, have become exponentially better since I started bringing my Hydro Flask lunch tote ($44.95). I've fit 12 cans of beers in the 8 L bag with no problem, and it consistently keeps them cold to the touch even under the hot sun. Pro tip though, bring along a couple of the Hydro Flask Cooler Cups to keep drinks cold once they're out of the tote.
While I've used the bag primarily to keep my Montauk Wind Chasers and Bell's Two Hearted cans chilled (don't judge, I live in Brooklyn), I've also used it to keep lunch cold on a spontaneous day trip to Brighton Beach and to bring leftovers to work too.
The beach trip was an especially telling test, because I decided to bring homemade chicken salad that included a healthy portion of mayonnaise - not something you want to leave out for an extended period of time. I threw in my mayo-heavy chicken salad with an ice pack just to be safe, and when I was ready to eat after about two hours on the beach, it was still chilled and nothing had spoiled.
Another added bonus of the bag is that it's super easy to clean, both inside and out. The waterproof exterior is a nice touch for activities like weekends at the park, but it's the inside of the tote that really matters when it comes to cleanup.
When we took the lunch tote to the beach, the lid on the Tupperware holding the chicken salad was a little loose so some juices spilled out, resulting in a goopy mess within the tote. We wiped down the inside with a soapy sponge, and voilÀ, it was as good as new.
The Hydro Flask 8 L lunch tote is a great solution for keeping lunches chilled during a long commute to work. Plus, the bag easily folds so that it can be stored under your desk or in your bag, and it won't add much weight either. If you're hoping to chill larger amounts of foods and drinks, or transport groceries, there are also 20 L or 35 L sizes.
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