When it comes to making lifelong memories, few things compare to dancing the night away at an outdoor music festival. Experiencing the headliners you’ve been waiting to see for months. The feeling of the music in your chest. The new friends you just met. And then, at the end of the night, crawling into your tent so you can do it all over again the next day.
To sustain that kind of experience, though, you’re going to need to bring a lot of food. And to keep that food fresh, especially in the summer heat, experienced festival-goers know—you need dry ice. So Penguin Brand Dry Ice® (with a little help from a few festival veterans) has put together this festival camping essentials guide, including cooler packing recommendations and other tips for surviving the weather.
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 wet ice from melting over time.
Also, remember to always handle dry ice with gloves or a hand towel, as dry ice is a skin irritant. (Review our safe handling guide for more safety recommendations.)
Dry ice doesn’t last forever, so it’s important to pack enough to last your entire trip. Use this simple table to determine your needs.
|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/
Camping can be a fun escape, but since most music festivals are held during the summer, it can also be a hot, humid, dusty—and sometimes rainy—experience. Bring a few safety essentials to plan for inclement weather, car trouble and unforeseen problems so your weekend plans don’t get washed away. The following is a good start:
Have fun out there 🙂