This cooler tote is quite durable. We have used it to transport cooked food because we have to eat on the road quite a bit, and it does insulate! Keeps warm food warm and cold food cold. Works well with small ice packs. I was surprised how it has kept up, since we have thrown it around quite a bit in the back seat. Also, I have had spills on the inside of the tote, and it is easy to wash! There is a lining on the inside.