Coolers are great for a short day out, 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. Here’s what to look for so you can purchase the best mini fridge for your family’s needs.

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When traveling, there’s a host of essential items that you need kept cool. But what about food or beverage 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!

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If your mini fridge is going from the car to inside your stops along the way, make sure that the unit comes with both AC/DC and USB adaptors. Look for an indoor 110V (AC) for inside while a 12V (DC) plugs into your car’s lighter. Many mini fridges come with a USB cord for extra options, including the ability to plug it into your smartphone charging station.

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If you plan on cooking or have young children, look for a portable fridge with a food grade storage tank and up to 15 liters of space. Consider adjustable and removable shelves plus container baskets.They’re key for maximizing the amount of food you can fit and keep fresh.