Coolers are great for short, day trips—but for long road trips, it’s all about mini, portable refrigeration. Dealing with melted ice and watery food from a cooler isn’t ideal for medicine, breast milk, water, dairy items and more when there’s a way to keep them all freshly stored. Other benefits of the mini fridge? They save money and time so you’re not constantly stopping on your trip or finding yourself in a lurch because you can’t find something you need while in the middle of nowhere. Here’s what to look for so you can purchase the best mini fridge for your family’s needs.

Budget Friendly

This mini model holds a sixer and has a range of 32°F to 150°F. It comes with both 12V and wall outlet power cables. AstroAI

When traveling, there’s a host of essential items that you need kept cool from medicine to breast milk to water, juice and other beverages. But what about food or drink items you want kept warm? Look for a portable fridge that goes from warm to cool with a switch. In fact, hot items will stay warm for several hours even after the fridge is turned off as long as the door stays shut!

Easy Portability

Available in seven colors and styles including black, blue, pink, red and cow print. Cooluli

If your mini fridge is going from the car to inside your stops along the way, you must make sure that your unit comes with both AC/DC and USB adaptors. It’s the only way to keep your items fresh and cooled when going between the car to a house, hotel and more. Wall outlets typically run on 110V (AC), while car cigarette lighters operate on 12V (DC). Many mini fridges also come with a USB cord for extra options, including the ability to plug it into your smartphone charging station.

Worth the Splurge

This unit is larger than some others, so it has lots of room, but only weighs 9.8 pounds. Cooluli

If your road trip is long and extensive, having perishable foods on hand may be unavoidable if you plan on cooking or have young children. In that case, look for a portable fridge with a food grade storage tank and up to 15 liters of space. Something else to consider are adjustable and removable shelves, and container baskets.They’re key for maximizing the amount of food you can fit and keep fresh.