Cold weather is no reason to leave your high-end cooler at home. In fact, these YETI products can greatly enhance your enjoyment of cold-weather activities like car camping or skiing.
Coolers Warmers: Keep Liquids From Freezing
Everyone knows coolers keep food cool in summer. But a lesser-known tip is that they can keep your food (and beer) from freezing in the winter. Here’s how.
If you’re going to spend a night car camping in sub-freezing weather, load liquids like beer, soda, and eggs into your cooler (a YETI works great). The cooler provides a buffer that keeps food from freezing and canned beverages from exploding. It will also organize your food stores by meal and protect cheese and other pungent treats from rodents.
Another pro tip is to start with a warm cooler. Bring your YETI inside and open it up a day before your trip. That way you’re not going from the cold garage to the colder campsite. Once you’re at camp, minimize opening and closing the cooler to let it do its job.
A Rambler 36-ounce bottle acts as a mini cooler (or insulator) and keeps your beverages at the ideal temp. It keeps water from freezing or becoming ice cold on a snowshoe trip or hike. Plus, a great trick is to fill the bottle with hot water before bed. It’s handy when you’re thirsty at night, and it’ll still be hot in the morning for washing your face or brushing teeth.
Mountaintop Coffee Stop
Coffee before your backcountry ski trip is great. But there’s something glorious about a hot drink at the top of a mountain after earning your view. Just load your Rambler 18-ounce bottle with boiling water.
Drop a couple of Starbucks Vias in your pack along with a couple 16-ounce stackable pints and enjoy fresh coffee for two. To save weight, skip the pints and just load the Rambler with hot coffee and drink from the bottle.
Boot Change or Campfire Blanket
What signifies winter camping more than a big outdoor-grade blanket for sitting around a roaring fire? Well, maybe changing your ski boots in a snowy parking lot.
The YETI Lowlands Blanket is amazingly versatile. This functions as a perfect picnic blanket in the summer and as a snow-blocker for arranging your winter gear without losing it in the snow. Use it when booting up for a backcountry ski trip or organizing your kit before heading to a hut.
Around the campfire, the waterproof exterior works as a well-insulated ground cover for keeping your stump-sitting rear as warm as your s’mores.