Yeti Daytrip Lunch Bag Review: Why to Buy It

Being from Yeti, the Yeti DayTrip Lunch Bag is no ordinary lunch bag. It is far more impressive, functional, practical, and all-around very cool compared to your everyday lunch-carrying bags. …

Being from Yeti, the Yeti DayTrip Lunch Bag is no ordinary lunch bag. It is far more impressive, functional, practical, and all-around very cool compared to your everyday lunch-carrying bags.

With its ice-retaining properties, toughness, durability, and ability to carry a full 6-pack of beers with ice – the DayTrip Lunch Bag looks to be the perfect companion for all of your outdoor adventures.

In this article, we look at the Yeti DayTrip Lunch Bag up close to see its coolness in all its glory.

Yeti Daytrip Lunch Bag Review: Is It Worth the Price Tag?

YETI Daytrip Packable Lunch Bag
YETI Daytrip Packable Lunch Bag
YETI Daytrip Packable Lunch Bag
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It's no secret that Yeti make awesome products that perform better than almost any other out there. However, this level of performance and reliability does come at a price - and the DayTrip Lunch Bag is no different.

At $79.99, it is by no means a cheap lunch bag but, if you can afford it, it is more than worth the price tag.

Whether you are heading out to work, on a fishing trip, or just a day out in the wilderness, the DayTrip Lunch Bag will be able to withstand anything you throw at it while keeping everything inside cool and fresh - including holding ice up to 24 hours!

This really is a powerful compact cooler bag that lives up to the high expectations its price tag brings.

  • Foldable so once you have finished using it, it can easily be folded up and stored compactly
  • A lightweight lunch bag that uses closed-cell foam that is flexible but extremely good at holding temperature
  • Thermo snap closing uses magnets to make sure your lunch bag is securely closed and your food and drink stay hot or cold for as long as you need them to

Yeti Daytrip Lunch Bag: Value for Money?

One of the best things about the Yeti DayTrip Lunch Bag is that it is versatile and can fit into pretty much any environment.

For example, it makes for an ideal everyday lunch bag that you can take to the office during the week but it will also be more than comfortable out in the wild sitting on the bank while you hit the river for some weekend fishing.

If you like heading out into the great outdoors for the day, then this is a great way of keeping some food and drink with you without having to carry a much larger cooler or lunch box around.

As Yeti products are so well made, they tend to last for a long time. The DayTrip Lunch Bag is tough and durable so it can take a beating and still perform exactly as it is supposed to.

While it may have a bit of a heavy price tag, it is actually a very good long-term investment as, once you have used it once, it will be unlikely you will switch to any other lunch bag.

Ice Retention

If you are looking for a lunch bag that can hold ice for up to 24 hours – this is the one for you!

When completely filled with just ice, the Yeti DayTrip Lunch Bag has an ice retention time of up to 24 hours. Even partially filled with ice, you can expect retention times of over 18-20 hours which is impressive considering this is a compact soft cooler bag.

As mentioned earlier, the insulation used is closed-cell foam. This makes the bag very flexible while still being able to hold onto the ice for long periods of time.

Special Features

Despite the fact that this is one of the smallest soft coolers available, it has some very special features that would be at home on a much larger lunch bag or lunch box.

When empty, the Yeti DayTrip Lunch Bag only weighs 1.1 pounds. When folded up for storage it measures in at 5 3/4” × 8 3/4” × 8 3/4” and when unfolded ready for use it measures 5 3/4” × 13 1/2” × 8 3/4”.

Don’t let the compact size fool you though – it has many features that you might not expect from a cooler this size.

Cold and Hot Storage

The DayTrip Lunch Bag is capable of keeping your food and drink hot or cold for extended periods of time.

It can handle hot food in containers that you want to keep warm until lunch and it can also handle an ice pack (click here to buy a good one) and cold food and drinks too.

Whether you want a warm lunch in winter or a cold drink in the summer – the DayTrip Lunch Bag has you covered.

Adjustable Grid

One of the features that make the DayTrip Lunch Bag so cool is its adjustable grid. In simple terms, this allows you to change the size of your lunch bag depending on what you are carrying inside.

The clasp on the lid of the cooler can be hooked onto any of the six loops which run down its face.

The different size options mean you can carry a water bottle (click here to buy a good one ) in the bag or you can shrink it down to just carry a small tub of food that doesn’t need as much space.

Whatever you need to carry in your lunch bag, the adjustable size of the DayTrip gives you plenty of flexibility when it comes to choosing what you will be having for lunch.

Thermosnap Closure

There are magnets at the top of the DayTrip which snap shut forming a good seal to help hold onto the temperature inside the bag.

The thermosnap closure means your drinks stay cold inside the bag for much longer as warm air can’t pass through the closed lid.

Another good thing about this closing feature is that the lid closes by itself. This is handy if you are forgetful and don’t remember to close the lid of your lunch bag each time you take something out. To prevent losing cold or heat (depending on what you are keeping inside the bag) the lid closes and keeps everything at the temperature it needs to be at.

It’s worth mentioning here that the lid opens wide which makes packing and unpacking your lunch bag easy and convenient.

Fold and Go Packing

When not in use, the Yeti DayTrip Lunch Bag folds down compactly.

This can be particularly useful for carrying it around in your kit or storing it ready for your next adventure.

It actually folds down small enough to be stored in a bigger lunch box for later use.

There aren’t many other lunch bags that are this effective at keeping your drinks cold or your tacos hot while still being able to fold down into a very small bundle.

Water Resistant Durable Exterior

The exterior of the DayTrip has been designed to withstand the rigors of outdoor life so it is very tough and durable.

It is also water-resistant which has two benefits. The first is that it helps prevent any spillages inside the lunch bag from being absorbed and seeping through to the outside and onto the rest of your kit. The second is that, if you get caught in an unexpected rain shower, your lunch will not turn into a ruined wet mess.

Leak-Proof Liner

As well as having a water-resistant exterior, the DayTrip also has a leak-proof liner that prevents any leaks when in an upright position.

A leaking lunch box can easily ruin your lunch, your kit, and your adventure so this is a very nice feature.

Food Safe Material

Reducing the use of plastic is something most outdoor lovers are keen to do to help keep our planet in habitable condition for as long as possible.

The interior of the DayTrip is made from a food-safe material allowing you to put food directly into the bag without having to wrap it in plastic first.

Fruit, for example, can be placed straight into the bag without any concerns over safety or hygiene – no plastic is required!

Fits a 2 lbs Yeti Ice Perfectly

Yeti has designed the DayTrip so that a 2-pound Yeti ice pack fits perfectly into the bottom of it.

Simply put your Yeti ice pack into the freezer overnight before laying it flat in the bottom of your DayTrip the following morning and you will be guaranteed a cool fresh lunch wherever you are.

Designed to Fit Six Cans and a Yeti Ice Pack

The DayTrip is the perfect size for a six-pack of beer along with suitable ice packs to keep them cool.

You can load up your cans and head out into the wild and know that you will have a cold drink ready and waiting for you whenever you need it.

Easy Top Carry Handle

As the DayTrip is small, you don’t need a shoulder strap like some of the larger soft coolers have (click here to purchase the one we use).

Instead, the carry handle on the lid of the cooler is strong enough to handle the weight of your lunch (or beers) while still being comfortable to carry.

It also holds its shape very well which goes to show how well-made Yeti products are – nothing has been overlooked.

Yeti Daytrip Lunch Box vs Lunch Bag

Daytrip Lunch Box Yeti Product
If you prefer more solid lunch boxes to softer lunch bags then the Yeti lunch box could be an ideal choice for you.

Yeti DayTrip comes in two forms – the lunch bag and the lunch box.

The main difference is the DayTrip Lunch Box has a more solid frame and is much closer to a more traditional square lunch box.

Both do a great job at keeping your lunch cold (or hot) and both can hold ice packs with enough room to spare for all of your food and drink.

If you prefer more solid lunch boxes to softer lunch bags then the Yeti lunch box could be an ideal choice for you.

The DayTrip Lunch box isn’t as easy to store as it doesn’t fold like the lunch bag but it is still pretty compact anyway measuring in at 10 1/2″ × 8 1/2″ × 4 1/2″ with an internal space of 9 3/4″ × 7 3/4″ × 2 1/2″. It weighs the same as the lunch bag at 1.1 pounds.

Final Thoughts on the Yeti Daytrip Lunch Bag

The Yeti DayTrip Lunch Bag is awesome and we are a huge fans of it.

It may be quite a pricey lunch tote but its superior temperature-holding power, toughness, flexibility, and convenience make it a very worthwhile investment.

Whether you are heading out into the wild for an adventure or taking some beers to a friend’s house, the DayTrip has you covered and will make sure your beers are cold and your lunch is fresh.

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Rob Harvey is an experienced outdoor writer with a passion for using and writing about all the gear that makes camping, hiking and fishing fun. He's been a freelancer writer for more than five years and loves sharing his experiences with readers.
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