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Tips & Tricks for a Perfectly Packed Cooler



May 30th, 2015

Pack Your Cooler

During the summer, we put our coolers to good use; whether it’s transporting food to a BBQ or heading out on a camping excursion, your cooler is the best tool for your summer fun.

In order to get the most from your cooler, here are some helpful tips and tricks to make you the cooler packing master in your household!

Don’t Forget To Prep

Trying to find an appropriate surface to chop fruits & veggies on when you’re in the great outdoors is a nightmare.  To save you time, and your sanity, I would highly recommend getting all your produce prepared prior to when you leave.  Or, if you don’t have time to slice & dice, let us do that for you; just take a look at our selection in our Fresh to Go section for all your perfectly prepped produce needs.

There’s a Rhyme & Reason to Order

Like most people, I have usually packed my cooler in the fashion of, “Just throw everything in and make it fit.”  But then, when I arrive at my campsite, I’m having to dig and dig for one particular item that ended up in the bottom.  Instead, pack your cooler in the order in which you intend to use your items.  So, pack the last breakfast first and work your way backward until you have everything you need in there.  No digging.  No unpacking the entire cooler.  Easy peasy.

Containers Are Your Friend

The best way to think of your cooler when packing the layers is a real-life game of tetris.  That game of tetris is made easier when you use containers that can stack on top of each other.  Whether it’s reusable plastic containers or mason jars, find the container that works best for what you’re packing and then start stacking!

Save Ice for Last

Trying to get things to fit after you’ve put in ice is nearly impossible.  Save yourself a headache of trying to jam items into your cooler, and pour the ice on after you’ve packed everything.  The ice cubes will find their way down to the nooks & crannies, doing all the work for you.

Don’t Dump the Water – Save It

Believe it or not, your melted ice is keeping your food cool.  Save it to make sure your food stays fresh and when you’re ready to leave, pour the water on your hot coals.  It’s built-in fire safety!

Happy Camping

Do you have tips for packing the perfect cooler?  Tell us about them in the comments!

2 Responses to Tips & Tricks for a Perfectly Packed Cooler

  1. Carol Burtlow 04/07/2015 at 5:16 pm

    We always need extra milk. I freeze a gallon of milk. I take about a cup out first to leave room for expansion. I put the frozen milk in the corner of the cooler. It helps keep everything cold and is almost ready to drink when we need it.

  2. gary 04/07/2015 at 7:53 pm

    I have done the same thing, except I freeze the 12oz water bottles , takes up less room than a large Item in the cooler…..

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