Making an insulated cooler cover is a simple solution for extending the life of the ice in your cooler.
It’s camping and barbecue season, which means that coolers and ice chests are working overtime to chill drinks and food. Our camping friends, Peggy and Paul, created an insulated cover for their cooler that kept their ice frozen much longer.
It was such a great idea that we decided to make one ourselves. Peggy and Paul graciously gave us permission to share this cooler cover idea with you.
Construction of this cover is easy. It just requires a few supplies and takes around 20 minutes. Since not all coolers are the same size, I am not providing specific measurements.
Ice Chest Cooler Cover
Lay the insulated wrap around the cooler and figure out how you are going to cover it. The wrap we had came in sections, so we figured out the best way to section it together to cover the top and sides of the cooler.
We found it easiest to cover the sides of the cooler first, create a top, and then join them together.
Cut the insulated wrap as needed.
Tape the sections together using the foil-backed tape.
Smooth down the tape.
Adjoin the top and bottom to form the cover.
Create a handle at the top or on the sides.
Slip it over your cooler.
It’s not the prettiest thing ever, but it sure is effective. It was really hot and humid this weekend and we returned from two days of camping with all our ice in the cooler. We do have one of those coolers that keep food cold longer, but this cover extends that out a few more days.
This was a very frugal project for us because we already had some insulated foil bubble wrap on hand from another project. I just had to purchase the foil-backed tape. We will be using that tape for future camping projects.
How do you keep your food and drink cold while outside during the summer? Find more camping DIY my camping blog Let’s Camp S’more.