Clean Your High Performance Cooler
How to Pre-Chill a Cooler
Bring your cooler inside the house 12–24 hours before you pack it. Depending on the size of your cooler, you’ll want to fill it with 10–20 pounds of sacrificial ice. As this sacrificial ice melts, it will cool down the thick layer of insulation in your high performance cooler. After you have pre-chilled your cooler, you can empty out the water from your cooler and start in on the actual packing!
Follow the 2:1 Ice Ratio
Prep Before You Pack
Do Food Prep at Home
- Chop bulky fruits and vegetables—like peppers or melons—to save room in your cooler. You’ll also keep your food from getting bruised by the ice in your cooler.
- Leave the shells at home and put your eggs into a plastic bottle. That way they won’t get crushed in your cooler and you won’t have to deal with a soaking wet cardboard egg holder.
- Only bring what you need. Condiments can be transferred to smaller containers. Don’t pack a half-full bottle of ketchup that will take up a lot of the already limited space in your cooler. And you probably won’t need an entire bottle of salad dressing if you’ll only be adventuring for a weekend. Just make sure your smaller containers won’t leak!