Saving space in the freezer is important, but what about your portable freezer? Taking your family to the beach is always fun, and packing the perfect cooler can make it that much better. Fit your lunch, drinks, snacks and everything in between with these helpful tips. Oh, and don’t forget your sunscreen!
Sizing Your Cooler
The first step in packing your cooler is actually picking a cooler. A good rule of thumb is to lay out enough space for everyone in your family to have a sandwich and two drinks. Don’t be cheap and buy the fold able coolers, they tend to leak easily and gather sand that will track into your car and home. Thick-walled plastic coolers are the cleanest and most effective option.
Icing Your Cooler
Ice can make or break your cooler experience. Not enough ice and you are left with a pool in your cooler, too much and you have no room for your food. Using frozen water bottles as ice packs can help conserve space and kill two birds with one stone. If you want to be really efficient, cover them in salt, it will take longer for them to melt.
Packing Your Cooler
When packing a cooler, place the things you are going to use first at the top. Items in Tupperware should be on the bottom because they can’t be crushed. Don’t throw chips and pretzels on top and think you are saving space. This takes up too much room and actually makes your cooler warmer. You want to have an organized cooler so that you can keep it open for the least amount of time possible – the less times the lid is open, the colder your cooler stays.
Cooling Your Cooler
Your job isn’t done once you get to the beach. Keeping your cooler cold and out of the sun is vital for maximizing your family fun. Burying the cooler in the sand will help circulate cold air from the bottom up and aid in the cooling process. Placing the cooler under an umbrella or throwing a towel over it are also effective methods.
We hope these tips will help keep your family happy on your next day at the beach. Share your favorites with us on Facebook!
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