We're doing a fly-and-drive trip this summer, and we definitely need a cooler for sandwiches, drinks, etc.
Please settle an argument between my husband and me: We have a mid-sized cooler on wheels, which is the perfect size for our family. Is it better to
Duct-tape the handle and the lid; pack the kitchen knives, etc. inside; and check it as luggage on the airplane. We will not check any other luggage, so this would be $15, and we could pack it with 50 pounds of stuff. We could include our toiletries in the cooler, which would eliminate problems with the 3-ounces of liquid rules.
Package it up and mail it via UPS to the hotel where we'll be staying on our arrival night. The positive here is that we wouldn't have any checked baggage on the plane, which is something we like. I suspect this would cost more than $15, and it means we'd have to trust UPS to get it there and the hotel to store it. Of course, it also means that we wouldn't have to worry about the airline loosing it.