The cooler is one that came with my trailer and is much larger then we'll typically need. This weekend I was making cooler corn for a cookout on the way (cooking by motorcycle) and it had a dozen ears and almost 2 gallons of water. When we normally travel we take a few bottles of water, half frozen, and have a nice soft cooler that fits in the side bag (weight down low).
But yes, empty cooler until camp is the best way, but then I risk not being able to locate a beverage of my choice... The better half and I really enjoy scouting out wineries and breweries we've never tried and extra always finds a way home. Some of our best adventures have been schemed over breakfast, let's pack a lunch and see where we end up, can't do that so easily anymore after some medical needs.
What spawned the idea of the rack vs taking the trailer is all the crap I have to tote if I'm not sleeping at home. Too many years of sucking up the wrong air and a genetic issues has left me needing a Cpap with humidification any time I sleep (naps included) and it takes up more then half of a side bag, I really miss camping. We also like to picnic and a few bottles of frozen water on the bottom and a pair of subs on top gives us lunch and dinner out on the road and a weight of less then 10lbs. When a simple overnight trip fills the bike and I don't want to drag a trailer this has become a great option.
2012 Victory Cross Country Tour, Sunset Red.
Parts added to make her louder, faster and more mine.
Stage 1 filter and pipes, Lloydz VFIII & ATW.
Clearwater Darla, LED GLO, emergency lights and siren.
Bushtec hitch and harness, Kompact Kamp trailer.