As temperatures in South Louisiana climb into the 90s, residents are always looking for new ways to beat the summer heat. Recently, a viral cooler hack has taken over social media platforms like TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook, promising a more efficient way to keep your drinks ice cold. But does it really work, or is it just another trend meant to rack up likes and shares?

In Louisiana, we know the importance of a well-packed ice chest. Whether it's a cookout, a fishing trip, or just a day at the beach, having ice-cold beverages is a must. Everyone has their own method of packing an ice chest. Some layer ice and drinks alternately, while others place all the drinks on the bottom and cover them with ice. But have you ever found yourself digging through layers of ice, risking frostbite to grab a cold one?

Enter the viral cooler hack. This method involves opening the cases of drinks on one side, usually the smaller end, and placing them upside down in the cooler. The drinks remain in their packaging, which sits at the bottom of the cooler. The cooler is then filled with ice around the packages, and once the ice chest is near full, the cardboard cartons are pulled up, letting the drinks drop into the ice. The idea is to keep your drinks organized and completely surrounded by ice.

The logic is sound: this method should keep your drinks well-chilled and easily accessible. But does it work better than traditional methods? Opinions in the comments sections are mixed. Some swear by it, while others remain skeptical.

Interestingly, this "new" hack isn't new at all. A video from 2021 shows the same method, and chances are you have an uncle or a savvy family member who's been doing this for decades, possibly with their own improvements.

Every bit of cool counts as we brace for another scorching Louisiana summer. Have you tried this viral cooler hack? Do you have your own tried-and-true method for keeping drinks cold? We want to hear from you! Share your life-tested hacks and let us know if this trend holds up to the South Louisiana heat.

By the way, if your savvy uncle has an even better method, don't keep it a secret—share the knowledge!

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