How to Pack a Cooler with Dry Ice

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Dry ice keeps refrigerated and frozen items cooler longer. Whether you’re packing for a weekend camping trip, a week at the beach or an off-road hunting excursion, dry ice can enhance the way you pack your cooler.

How to Chill with Dry Ice

For shorter trips or items that don’t need to be frozen, use dry ice in conjunction with wet ice. The dry ice will help to keep the wet ice from melting over time, preventing your food and beverages from becoming soggy. Watch below for a quick and easy process to follow when packing your cooler.

Process:

Remember to always handle dry ice with gloves or a hand towel, as dry ice is a skin irritant.

Step 1: Insulate dry ice with newspaper, cardboard, etc.

Step 2: Place dry ice at the bottom of the cooler. Then, layer wet ice over dry ice.

Step 3: Add items to be chilled. Then, pour wet ice over top.

How to Freeze with Dry Ice

When items need to stay frozen, ditch the wet ice. Watch below to learn how to keep your items frozen with just dry ice.

Process:

Remember to always handle dry ice with gloves or a hand towel, as dry ice is a skin irritant.

Step 1: Insulate dry ice with newspaper, cardboard, etc.

Step 2: Place dry ice at the bottom of the cooler. Then, add items to be frozen.

Step 3: Place dry ice on top. Then, close the cooler.

Ready to get packing? Find dry ice in a grocery store near you!