If ur storing thawed meet in the cooler sometimes the water gets contaminated even thought the meet may be in a plastic bag. U should always keep the cooler in shade if you can. Its also a good idea to store some drink in aluminium cans as well. Those cans actually keep things cold as a result of the metal.
yeah the meat does, if i have i try to keep i out of the water, my cooler has a little basket for that.