Whether you’re packing for a weekend camping trip, a week at the beach or an off-road hunting excursion, Penguin Brand Dry Ice® can keep your food and drinks colder longer. Check out the dry ice packing techniques below.
Generally speaking, 10 pounds of dry ice will last up to 24 hours in a standard 25-quart cooler—but there are a lot of factors at play. You’ll also want to consider the types of food you’re storing (frozen or refrigerated), the size of your cooler, any ambient conditions and the duration of storage.
|Cooler Size||4 Hours||12 Hours||24 Hours||48 Hours|
|25 qts.||10 lbs.||10 lbs.||10 lbs.||15 lbs.|
|50 qts.||10 lbs.||15 lbs.||15 lbs.||20 lbs.|
|100 qts.||15 lbs.||20 lbs.||25 lbs.||35 lbs.|
Listed dry ice weights are estimated starting points only. Cooler design, payload size and ambient conditions may affect results
The estimates above are a good start, but making your dry ice last is up to you. Keep it frozen longer by keeping your cooler out of direct sunlight, opening it as seldom as possible and adding extra insulation during the day.
It’s pretty simple—just don’t touch it with your bare hands. Since dry ice can irritate your skin, avoid direct contact by using gloves, tongs or a towel whenever handling dry ice. For more helpful information about using dry ice carefully, read our safe handling guide.
For items that don’t need to be frozen, use dry ice in conjunction with regular ice cubes. The dry ice will help to keep the ice from melting over time. Remember to always handle dry ice with gloves or a hand towel, as dry ice is a skin irritant.
When items need to stay frozen, ditch the wet ice and place additional dry ice on top.
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