Camping & Fishing

Are you an avid camper but are always wondering how to keep your food fresh on your trip?  Well the solution is dry ice!  If you’re going away for a weekend or longer where you won’t have access to electricity, dry ice can be used to keep your supplies cold for the length of your trip.  Electric coolers can be expensive and will also drain your vehicle battery and regular ice in a normal cooler will melt quickly leaving behind a puddle of water.  Dry ice is a cheap and effective alternative to keep your supplies fresh for longer so all you have to worry about is planning your next adventure!

A few tips on how to keep your camping supplies frozen or chilled using dry ice:

  • Dry ice can be used to either keep perishable items frozen or chilled, depending on how it is used.
  • Wrap dry ice in newspaper or something similar then place at the bottom of your storage container underneath regular ice. This will help keep your regular ice frozen meaning your food and drinks will stay chilled or frozen for longer.
  • Dry ice will last longer if it is not in direct contact with any liquid and as a general rule, will sublime at a rate of two to four kilograms every 24 hours in a typical cooler.
  • Due to the short shelf life of dry ice, please ensure you purchase it right before your departure.

How much dry ice should I need?

How long you plan to go away for will determine how much dry ice is required.  Generally, for a four day trip you will need around 10 – 15 kilograms.  Start off with two kilograms of dry ice in your cooler with the regular ice, leaving the remaining dry ice in the polystyrene box we provided it to you in.    You should then top up the dry ice in your cooler each day.  Please refer to our Dry Ice Table to determine how much dry ice you will need.

When using dry ice for your camping or fishing trip you must ALWAYS:

  • Use it safely! Please read and understand 'How to use dry ice safely' on the FAQ's
  • When transporting Dry Ice, ensure it remains in a storage container and travel with the windows down to ensure adequate ventilation. Ensure passengers do not inhale any carbon dioxide (CO²) fumes. CO² is not poisonous or toxic, however if inhaled for extended periods of time in a non-ventilated area it can cause headaches and light headedness
  • Keep it stored in a container with a loose lid. Do not secure your cooler lid or use an airtight container when storing dry ice as the pressure of the product while it is subliming (or 'melting') can be potentially explosive if confined.