As a lover of outdoor activities AND beer, this simple idea has advanced my simultaneous enjoyment of these two things immeasurably. The Hidden Beer Coolers cost less than $4 each and could save you many more dollars in potential (unenlightened) fines for drinking in public.
To be clear, I'm a responsible, law abiding citizen (for things that I think actually matter) and don't encourage using this idea to achieve disruptive, slobbering drunkenness. That is just never a good look no matter what the booze vehicle, so drink and act responsibly everyone and know your rights:
(The following is from legalzoom.com)
The Fourth Amendment protects private citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. The amendment reads:
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Under the Fourth Amendment, police officers must obtain written permission from a court of law to legally search a person and his or her property and seize evidence while they are investigating possible criminal activity...However, many individuals under the pressure of the police may not be aware of this rule or their other rights under the Fourth Amendment. In addition, there are cases in which police can legally search without a warrant if probable cause is established or if consent is given by an individual.
Boom. This means that you are under no obligation to take the lid off your cooler cup if requested to do so by a savvy officer, but again, please don't use this info to get away with public lame-ness. Thumbs up for responsible, legal age imbibing only!
Step 1: Supplies
32 oz plastic cups w/ lids
opaque bendy straws (I bought mine at IKEA)
12 oz beer cans
small ice cubes*
a willingness to bend laws, along with straws
a public leisure location
*A flat flexible ice pack like this one (cut down) would also work well and provide even more of a visual barrier for the rebel beer within.
Step 2: Prepping Your Cooler
1. Put a few (4-5) ice cubes into the bottom of the cup.
2. Put unopened beer can into cup.
3. Stuff ice cubes evenly in between the can and the cup, making sure to get it all the way around.*
4. Open the can.
*The cups become a little translucent in the sun, so try not to have the can pressing up against the cup by making sure there's ice all around it.
Step 3: Lock and Load
Put the bendy straw into the straw hole on the lid and then put the end of the straw into the beer.
Press the lid firmly onto the cup lip.
Step 4: Get Leisurely!
Relax, sip, and enjoy.
And remember to play responsibly party people!