The next time you head out for an extended beach or camping trip, you might be interested in using dry ice to keep your goods cool for a longer period of time.
If you have never used dry ice in your cooler before, you will be pleasantly surprised to find that it can keep your food and drinks cooler for much longer than ever before.
But you must be careful!
While dry ice is incredibly useful, it is far from the normal ice you are used to using and should be handled with extreme caution. Dry ice should always be wrapped in a towel and you should always wear gloves when you handle it.
What Is Dry Ice?
Everyone is familiar with traditional ice cubes, which is nothing more than water in a frozen state. Eventually, ice cubes will melt and revert back to their original liquid form.
Dry ice, however, is the solid form of carbon dioxide. Instead of melting into a liquid, dry ice slowly dissipates into a gas.
Dry ice is also very cold with an average temperature of around -109 degrees Fahrenheit.
When Should I Use Dry Ice?
Camping trips are the most frequent reason people opt for dry ice, but long days baking in the sun on a beach are also a good reason to use it as well.
Dry ice is especially useful if you are bringing food items along that need to remain frozen. As mentioned earlier, dry ice is incredibly cold, so anything stored directly adjacent to it in your cooler will very likely freeze.
A general rule of thumb is to use to ten pounds of dry ice for each day of your trip.
Packing a Cooler With Dry Ice
There are two popular methods for packing a cooler with dry ice. They both allow you to maximize the usefulness of your cooler on longer trips while keeping some items frozen and others simply refrigerated.
The first method is to line the bottom of your cooler with the dry ice. Then place some sort of barrier down over the dry ice, such as an old towel or piece of cardboard with holes cut into it. Anything that needs to remain frozen should be stored right on top of this barrier, with the rest of your supplies being stored on top of the frozen items.
The other popular method is essentially the inverse of the first. Start by filling in your food and drink items, then use newspaper, cardboard, or towels to fill in any open spaces. Cover all of your supplies with a towel and then place the dry ice on top.
One important tip is to make sure the lid of your cooler is not shut so tightly as to create an airtight seal. The smallest amount of air-flow is required to facilitate the process of dry ice converting into a gas, which is what distributes the cool air throughout the cooler.
Keep Your Things Cool With the Party Bar
When you’ve got a big trip coming up and are looking to keep your food and drinks nice and cold, the LiddUp Igloo Party Bar is more than up to the task.