How to

4 April 2017

How to Pack your Cooler for the Best Results


Packing a cooler is a pretty simple task, right? Well apparently not, as it turns out that many of us have been unwittingly compromising the effectiveness and efficiency of our cool-boxes due to nothing more than the way in which we pack them. A few simple tricks can help you to keep your perishables nice and cool for longer, if you know what you’re doing.

Firstly, chill the cooler before you fill it. The reasoning for this one should be obvious; if it starts colder, it’ll take longer to fully warm up. If you have access to a large enough freezer, pop it in there for a while. Failing that, simply leave it outside overnight, taking care not to leave it under direct morning sun.

To further increase the cooling potential of your cooler, carry foods and drinks planned for later consumption already frozen. By the time you need them, they should have defrosted, and they will help to keep the rest of the contents cold in the time being. Also, when putting ice directly into the cooler, use blocks rather than cubes. While this comes with the added task of breaking them apart if you want a few ice cubes in your drink, the blocks will take far longer to melt.

When packing your cooler with food, drinks, and anything else you may require keeping cold, take some time to make sure the contents are organised. The quicker you can find what you’re looking for, the sooner the cooler can be resealed, and the colder it will remain. It is also worth considering using a separate cooler for beers, as these tend to be reached for more often than food on a standard camping trip.

Arguably the most important thing to remember is to keep your cooler properly closed and sealed; otherwise, it will soon warm up. You can also add extra insulation to your cooler in order to keep the day’s heat at bay – cut-up sleeping bags are an excellent DIY solution.


Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor in an attempt to expand his horizons.