Whether it’s mom’s holiday beef stew or that extra-cheesy pizza from around the corner, there’s just no taste like home. But what if you can’t make it home? Can that delicious stew come to you instead? The answer is yes, and your friends and family can make it happen by shipping with dry ice.
Shipping with dry ice is a great way to get frozen goods from one side of the country to the other. Because it doesn’t melt and lasts much longer than frozen water (you know—wet ice), it’s the perfect, worry-free solution for many of our food and medicinal shipping needs.
Ready to ship some tasty grub to a loved one? Start by finding Penguin Brand Dry Ice® at a store near you, then send it on its way using the steps and information below.
Those frozen foods are precious cargo—don’t just ship them in any old box. Place your goods inside a cooler before packing and follow the packing diagram for the basic methodology. By packing right, you’ll help to keep your dry ice from sublimating too quickly, keeping the contents colder longer and protecting your goods from spoilage.
A few additional packaging considerations to keep in mind:
Experienced shippers know that packing a box tightly is a good way to prevent damage. But anything packed snugly with dry ice will freeze. So only use dry ice to ship foodstuffs that can be frozen for the duration of their journey without compromising quality.
The amount of dry ice necessary depends on the length of the journey, so it’s best to have a good idea of how long your package will be in transit. In general, 10 pounds of dry ice per 24 hours of travel is a good rule of thumb. If you’re not sure how long shipping will take, bump it up to 15 pounds per 24 hours. Too much is better than too little.
You’re almost there. Here are just a few more considerations before you rush out to the post office.
If you’ve got something tasty to ship, use everything you’ve learned here to get it where it needs to go. And if you’re craving something tasty from back home, share this article with friends and family. They’ll get the hint.