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HydroFlask Food Totes Review:
Outdoor Food Storage Options

By Diane Spicer

Need a foot tote for car camping or day hikes? Hiking For Her reviews two sizes of Hydroflask insulated food totes. #foodtotes #hikingforherreview #insulatedfoodtote #Hydroflaskfoodtote

This Hiking For Her HydroFlask food totes review focuses your attention on two sizes of tote bags from a great company:

  • 8 liter tote
  • 35 liter tote

Both tote bags are insulated, and backed by a limited 5 year warranty against manufacturer defects.

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Disclosures in this HydroFlask
food totes review

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The HydroFlask insulated food totes were received free of charge in order to test their food storage usefulness from a hiker's perspective.

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Ready to chill out your food?

Let's get into the details!

HydroFlask food totes review:

You'll see a familiar pattern with Hiking For Her reviews: they always begin with the product specifications.


Because you need to see at a glance whether or not a piece of gear will fit your hiking plans and match your trail style.

In this case, these food totes may not seem like an outdoorsy woman's first choice for packing food on a hike.

Keep reading.

HydroFlask food tote specifications

Both the 8 liter and 35 liter food totes are built from a coated waterproof material.

Each insulated food tote has these features:

  • fully lined food grade BPA-free interior compartment
  • top zipper closure
  • welded seams
  • stand alone base
  • collapsible design
  • soft exterior
  • two handles
  • 1 welded exterior small zippered pocket
  • water resistant zippers with easy to pull tabs
  • 4 colors: cheerful yellow (Sunflower), pink (Grapefruit), black (Blackberry), soft brown (Mushroom)

There is also a 20 liter food tote, available in the same great colors.

What do these features give a hiker?

Fast access to chilled food in an easy to open, stand up tote bag that also stands up to dirt, moisture and warm weather.

Each tote folds down small in your gear locker, but expands to handle your hiking lunch or car camping food with ease.

35 liter insulated food tote dimensions

Sunflower color choice shown here

35 liter yellow Hydroflask food tote in this Hiking For Her reviewWide top opening with zipper closure, two sturdy handles, and a solid bottom so it stands up while you're loading and unloading your goodies

  • 15” H x 20” W x 7.75” D
  • 1.65 lb

8 liter insulated food tote specs

Grapefruit color shown here

8 liter food tote for lunches on a day hikeSlimmer footprint than larger version, same soft but sturdy handles, just the right size for lunch including a cold beverage or two

  • 12” H x 11” W x 5” D
  • 0.88 lb
  • Lower price point for lower capacity

How can a hiker use
HydroFlask food totes?

Great question!

You may be familiar with the quality, durabilty and functionality of Hydro Flask water bottles and beverage containers.

Just in case, here are some Hiking For Her reviews for you:

But food totes for hiking?

Yes, food totes!

As soon as I saw these lovely totes, I thought about day hikes and car camping.

Examples of ways you can use
HydroFlask insulated food totes
for hiking

Bring along the 8 liter tote filled with your lunch and snacks on warm day hikes.

  • It tucks easily into a hiking daypack, is zipped up tight so it won't leak or emit odors into your backpack, and makes a good receptacle for food waste and garbage after lunch.

Think of how amazing it will be to have something chilled in your parched mouth!

Trail tip:

If you're a fan of mayonnaise and soft cheeses, or love meat sandwiches on a day hike, add a cold pack to the bottom of the tote.

This becomes especially important on hot weather trails.

  • More idea for hiking food safety here

Don't want to tote along the tote on your hike?

Stash it in your car at the trail head, filled to the top with a delicious reward for a hike well done, plus a freezer pack to make sure everything stays chilled in the car's warm interior.

Chunks of juicy ice cold watermelon come to mind, along with frozen grapes and handfuls of sweet cherries.

  • This tip could make that last half mile back to the car go a little faster ;)

You could also fill up the tote with ice cubes, or one solid block frozen in a milk carton, to use for hydrotherapy and muscle pain relief after your hot hike!

Car camping and
HydroFlask insulated food totes

Store your first night's ingredients for dinner and dessert in the 35 liter tote, things that need to be kept cold - like dairy products and meat.

  • The bright color of the tote makes it easy to grab it from the gear pile when it's time to cook.

Transport baby formula, medications, anything your family needs within a few hours, without the risk of accidentally freezing it or losing it in the bowels of a large cooler.


Need some hydrotherapy on a hand or foot?

Fill up the tote with cold water and soak the sore or injured part as you relax at your campsite.

  • It's tough enough to take it!

Things to note in this HydroFlask
food totes review

Hiking For Her is a solid fan of HydroFlask for many reasons, but the thing that always stands out first is the quality when you pick up any of their products for a closer look.

This company does not cut corners to give you solutions to the problems you need to solve while hiking and camping, like staying hydrated and satisfied with cold or hot beverages (season dependent).

And now, keeping your food safely chilled for easy transport.

Closeup of a Hydroflask food tote handle with logo visibleNote the solid construction and choice of quality materials in this Hydro Flask food tote design

Pay once for these quality totes, and enjoy the performance and good looks season after season.

Trail tip:

Do your part in preserving the high quality, by keeping sharp utensils outside the totes or wrapped in a soft cloth and stashed in the outside zippered compartment.

Here's the best part of this HydroFlask food totes review:

Relish the fact that these totes can go between trail, campsite, grocery store, work desk and picnic grounds without breaking a sweat - a small pun, because they're built to keep the cold in without beading up with moisture on the outside.

One tote, many jobs!

What I love about these
HydroFlask food totes

These totes are spacious without being too big.

The lunch tote expands to hold 2 sandwiches, 2 pieces of fruit, a few energy bars and two cold beverages.

  • Yet it collapses down to a slender footprint on a storage shelf.

And think of the flimsy plastic and paper bags you're keeping out of a landfill when you load up this tote with lightweight, reusable containers.

Pink Hydroflask lunch tote closeup of handle and side zipper in Hiking For Her gear reviewSmall exterior zipper on this lunch tote makes a great place to stash a small trail journal, a few packets of tea, or lightweight eating utensils

The larger tote is going to be coming along to the farmer's market, with a cold pack tucked into the bottom to keep my produce cool as I wander through and look at all of the goodies.

Plenty of room to add more, and the soft handles make it easy to sling over a shoulder.

No worries if I don't head home right away: the bags will keep things chilled for up to 4 hours.

More to love about these food totes

You can wipe out the interior of these totes, hang them up by the handles to air dry in your gear locker, and they'll be ready for your next day hike or camping trip.

Or shopping trip!

If you live in an area where plastic bags are banned, a Hydro Flask food tote will really come in handy. In that case, keep it in the car.

Using a reusable tote also models good shopping habits to the next generation of hikers and consumers.

HydroFlask food totes review

HydroFlask is always striving to outdo itself with new products for us outdoorsy types.

This time they've put together a new twist on food totes for the outdoors: fun colors, solid construction, and usefulness way beyond your hiking gear locker.

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