Going on a camping trip can be the most incredible experience that you could ever achieve within your lifetime. However, being a camping trip and not keeping your food and beverage cold can be a bit of a bummer. So here comes the question, how to keep food cold while camping? For campers who love to hold wildfires and have a grand party, having a warm beer would be incredibly terrible, wouldn’t it?
This is why I am bringing out five tricks of keeping your food cold from this magical hat of mine to show you.
1. Use Regular and Dry ice pack
Since you decided to follow through with the tricks here, the first is that you should get a unique cooler that you will place the longest lasting ice pack inside. Trust me, you would not want to just keep your food or beverage in any container.
You would need to get yourself a cooler that does not only fit aesthetical requirements but the cooling requirements. Here are some of the best coolers that have been proven to stand the testing period by keeping food cold. They include Polar Bear Coolers Soft Cooler, EBags Crew Cooler II (Small), Pelican Products ProGear Elite Cooler, 65 Quart (big) …
Also, the process of making the best ice packs is just as easy as rocket science. Just kidding! I know I mean that it is not as difficult as rocket science. For most folks, this may be the first time that you may be making a pack of regular ice but try and stay patient in the learning process. So, where do you begin? The fiery step would be to get a freezer bag. If you are in doubt what a freezer bag is, you could easily Google it to check if you have one at home or maybe you need to get one at the local store.
After you have gotten the pack, the next step to take is filling the pack with 1 cup of rubbing alcohol and 2 cups of water. Remember that you will need to make as many ice packs as possible so do not try to use a very big cup. After you have poured the contents, you should try to get as much air out of the freezer bag before sealing it shut.
2. Place The Ice Packs in the Cooler
Certainly, in the first trick, I stated the badass technique you can use to make your own regular ice packs that would keep your food cold throughout the duration of the camping trip.
It is vital to understand the way to place them within the cooler. Remember that everything has an art to it. There is an art to creating the best party ever, an art to creating the best website that people find to be responsive love using Wix.com… The fact remains the same that there is a sublime art to arrange your food and drinks in the cooler.
The first step is crushing the ice packs into smaller cones. After you have sufficiently crushed the ice, you can proceed towards spreading a layer of crushed ice around your icebox.
3. Add Salt
I once told a friend that I usually added salt to my ice pack when I wanted to go on camping and guess what, she said I was creepy.
For expert campers who have been on more than three camping trips and made sufficient research, I am sure that this would not be surprising. However, if you have not known before, this is the secret trick which I have been keeping for you.
Salt acts as a kind of agent that reduces the melting point of water. In most instances, when rock salt begins to mix with melting water, it makes the water colder than frozen ice and makes your beverage and food retain coldness. While you are in the process of adding salt, try and avoid adding too much. As the popular saying goes, ‘too much of something is bad’ and you will not want a salty taste to accompany your beer and food.
After you have proceeded to add rock salt to the cooler, shut the cooler and proceed with your camping. For most folks who may intend to go camping with little ones, I have A quick ‘Don’t’ which you should take note of.
“Don’t allow your little one to get close to the salt”. This may sound a bit corny but kids are very clumsy and they may begin to put salt into their mouths which may cause further harm.
4. Avoid The Sun
In addition to adding salt, have you ever seen superman taking a cocktail at a kryptonite club? Or have you ever seen a gazelle taking a leisure stroll into the lion’s territory? I know your answer would be an emphatic “No”.
In the same way, ice and the sun are two extremes that cannot work together. During the camping trip, you need to find a shade and keep the cooler underneath. This is to avoid any sort of direct exposure to the sunlight.
Most folks may decide to keep the coolers in their cars until they wish to begin the party. In colder seasons such as winter, your cooler would retain more coldness while you have to be particularly careful about the hot seasons where the sun is at the highest temperature.
Another quick tip is that you should avoid keeping your cooler close to the hot parts of your car or truck. Always be mindful of the environment and make sure it is cold and humid.
5. Don’t Open Often
This is like the second literal law that you should be mindful when out on camping trips.
One of the qualities of air is that it melts ice quickly. This is the reason why you will need to be cautious about the number of times you open the cooler by restricting it to very few occasions.
When on the trip, also make sure that you keep a watchful eye on the kids you took on the trip. They may be the most adorable beings ever, but kids are also very mischievous and may be thinking of ways to check what is in the cooler.
Now that you have learned quite a lot about the best way to keep food cold while camping for long hours, you should go ahead to teach others the skill you have learned. You have been given this priceless knowledge at this point, it is your responsibility to go and create excellent camping experiences.
Take note of the fact that I used dry ice and regular ice interchangeably throughout the article. You could decide to go for any of them. However, on a personal level, you would love dry ice packs better.
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