30 July 2013

i am a camping genius

I don't know how many camping trips I've been on with a cooler full of water by the second day. Bags of ice are not my favorite way to keep the cooler cool! As soon as they melt (which is soon, because the ice is so small), the water leaks all over the cooler and everything gets wet. I got smarter the second time and made sure everything was packaged in waterproof containers, but I was still a wet mess every time I needed to get something out.

On our last trip, I finally figured it out. Freeze gallon jugs of water a few days before you leave. Put the frozen jugs in the cooler with all the food. As the blocks of ice melt, you get cold water to drink, and no water in the cooler. 

Our ice (two 1 gallon jugs) kept our food cold for four full days, and filled our water bottles nicely when we were out and about. I will never pack a cooler with a bag of ice again.

Now I just need to get some of those plastic egg containers so I don't end up with broken eggs after cramming the cooler full of food and ice jugs.


michelle said...

i love this idea too.
my husband keeps his cooler cold at work this way. he uses individual gatorade bottles to freeze the water. then, as you said, he also has cold water to drink as the hot day continues.
it's great, we do this as much as possible.
thanks for the post, it's always nice to see someone else doing our 'out of the box' ideas :) and actually sharing it with the world.

Grandpa Bill said...

You just don't remember. Your dad showed you the freezer jug trick many years ago. We even had a cooler with built-in freezable jugs.

I recently found a 2 gallon plastic pitcher that neatly holds a bag of ice from the store.

Happy to see that your memory works!

Jillaire said...

Brilliant. D thinks dripping wet sodas are a MUST at BBQs, however he might go for this when camping. He loves his cold drinking water.

Cathy said...

I learned this trick 12 years ago when I was the camp leader for the first time. Those milk jug ice blocks stayed frozen for four days. It's amazing.

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