What’s in My Cooler?

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What's In My Cooler

So let’s talk food…what to pack in the cooler on game days to be specific. Any mom who has spent time at a park knows the concession stand food gets tired, fast. There are only so many hot dogs, hamburgers or nachos a person can handle any given season. Plus, the cost is definitely not budget-friendly.

The 40 Quart Xtreme® 4 Marine Wheeled Cooler is what I am currently using. For larger families this is also available in the larger 50 quart model. I love the telescoping handle and the all-terrain wheels make it easy to maneuver over fields, muddy conditions and bumpy walkways. The hard plastic outer casing is not only tough and durable but really easy to clean. I usually just hose it off out in the yard. Plus I must admit, on days where we spend most of the day (and evening) at the park the cooler makes a great footrest. 

Enough about the cooler and let’s move on to the important part, the food. What I pack will vary depending on the weather, the number of games being played, and whether we are scheduled for morning or evening game times. On a typical day, I will pack the following:

Liquids: Water bottles – i freeze a few bottles as this serves two purposes. One, the water slowly melts throughout the day and this is wonderfully refreshing on those really hot summer days and two, they act as ice packs (saves space in the cooler). Capri-sun (can also freeze a few) or juice.

Sandwiches or wraps – The family can quickly get tired of sandwiches so I change things up constantly. A family favorite is the BBQ chicken wrap. Also, my son and husband love Hawaiian bread so I’ll make little ham and cheese sandwiches. Black Forest ham with Swiss on a pretzel roll is also popular. If you plan on adding veggies or toppings I recommend you cut dice them up the night before and keep them seperate (Glad container) until your going to eat the sandwich. Otherwise you will end up with a soggy sandwich. 

Fruit  & Vegetables – Depending on the time of year and what I happen to have on hand these are some of the fruits and vegetables I will pack. Grapes, cherries, cut-up watermelon, oranges (pre-peeled), apples, baby carrots, and cut-up celery. 

Cheese and crackers or pita chips and hummus make a great quick and delicious snack. You can also swap out the cheese for cheese sticks. 

For those really early morning game days yogurt, bagels and cream cheese and muffins are a great way to start the day. 

As far as snacks go I like to pack jerky, sunflower seeds (never can have enough), chips (I don’t bring the whole bag but pack some on a ziplock bag), cookies (again, just a few in a ziplock bag). 


  1. In place of silverware pack plastic cutlery and throw out after using. Less things to carry back home with you and only less thong to clean. 
  2. Freeze water bottles
  3. Cut-up fruit and vegetables the night before. Saves lots of time on game day.
  4. Use containers such as Glad, in place of sandwich bags. This way you avoid smashed food. 

Now that you know what’s in my cooler…I would love to hear  what’s in your cooler.

Have a great 2015 Season!

The Author

Hi I'm Mercedes! Born in Cuba, raised in Chicago, and eventually migrated to the suburbs. I've been married to Marc for 18 years and currently enjoying being a mom to our 18 year old son Marc. I enjoy reading, blogging, dancing, singing in the shower, cooking, a good glass of wine, attempting to be crafty, photography, traveling, gardening, and spending time with my family and friends.

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