Pelican Flyer | June 22, 2020
Part of the fun of camping is being away from the routine of normal life. The tradeoff, of course, is that you have to give up some luxuries along with it. One such luxury is the refrigerator. When you’re heading off the grid, you’ve got to eat and — if you’re like many modern campers — you want to eat well. The key to feasting (and drinking) like royalty in the woods is to develop a food-cooling strategy that keeps everything fresh.
If you’ve got a camper or RV and are considering installing a fridge, there’s no need unless you intend to stay out in the wilderness for weeks on end. Today, a good-quality hard cooler has the ability to keep your food cold for up to 10 days. It’s essential that you choose a cooler with enough interior space for all your food and drinks for the entire trip. If you plan to park far from your site or take a multi-day backpacking trip, use a cooler backpack, a soft cooler with a strap or a rolling cooler.
Deciding which coolers to pack and settling on a chilling strategy should come down to a few important considerations. What do you want to bring? How many people will be pulling from the cooler? What’s the environment like? There’s a cooler for every kind of adventure, so be sure to spend the time strategizing a bit before you head out into the woods. Most people will benefit from bringing more than one cooler, especially on longer trips or outings with large groups.
The cooler itself matters a ton, but so does the packing strategy. An ill-packed cooler can leave your bread and egg cartons soggy, your beverages lukewarm and your cans floating in a pool of melted ice. Here are some quick tips on how to pack your cooler so it keeps your food cool for longer:
For more detailed information, reference our guide on how to pack a cooler with more essential tips and tricks for camping.
When you’re away from home and civilization, you need to make sure you have a reliable supply of food on hand to keep you full and energized at all times. Poor or improper packing can translate to a number of issues out in the woods, from rotting produce to attracting curious animals. Taking the time to strategize a good cooling plan is worthwhile for your safety and enjoyment while taking in the fresh air.