Tips for Packing Your CoolerYou’ll be out on the boat all day long, and in order to make the day perfect, you’ll want to have snacks on board. The goal will be to make sure that your food stays cold, organized, dry, and un-squished (you know those hot dog buns we’re talking about … ). One idea you may want to consider depending on the number of people that will be on board your boat is bringing two coolers, one for drinks and one for food. Even if you can’t bring two, though, here are a few tips to help you pack like a pro!
1. Keep It ColdIce blocks will stay colder a lot longer than ice cubes, to do a little bit of preparation and freeze some blocks ahead of time. You can also use larger ice packs, or canteens filled three-quarters full and frozen flat. You’ll want to pre-chill all of your food and your drinks, as they’ll help the ice stay cold. If you have anything that can stay frozen ahead of time, do it, and your cooler will stay cold longer.
2. Think Like a Grocery BaggerIf it’s fragile, put it on top. Bread, lettuce, tomatoes, or fruit. You’ll also want to stash lost items in a plastic tote - this would include items like ketchup, bags of meats and cheeses, and anything else that you don’t want to lose in the ice, then seal the tote with a lid.
The ice blocks will go on the bottom of the cooler, along with any other heavy items like meat (if you’re going to stop somewhere and grill out), boxes of cut up fruit, etc.
As you start layering, fill in the empty spaces with ice cubes.
3. Use Your Space WiselyOne thing that will waste space fast is excess packaging. Fill an empty jar with ketchup so that you don’t have to bring the whole bottle, and if you have prepackaged items that are large and bulky, consider downsizing them to a smaller Tupperware.
4. Keep Things Organized and DRYIt’s important to seal meats, cheese, and eggs in plastic bags. Foods will stay dry even when the ice starts to melt a bit. You’ll also want to label everything. You can mark containers with masking tape and a Sharpie, that way everyone will be able to help themselves to the food and nothing will end up “mystery meat.”
5. Keep the Cooler in the ShadeFinally, you’ll want to keep the cooler where it won’t be in the sun. The more sun it gets, the faster your ice will melt. In fact, the ice will last TWICE as long in the shade!
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