How to Pack a Cooler for July 4

by Jacklyn Krol
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How do you pack a cooler? A cooler is essentially your portable kitchen and refrigerator wrapped up into one. This Fourth of July, learn helpful tips and tricks to make sure you’re prepared for your adventure with all of the fixings.

Choosing the Right Cooler

Choosing the right cooler can be overwhelming, especially with the number of coolers available. The first thing you want to consider is if you want it on wheels or not. Secondly, if you choose a cooler without wheels, how would you want to carry it? They have a variety of options when it comes to carrying your cooler from over the shoulder to a handheld.

Thirdly, you’ll want to figure out what you’ll be putting in the cooler most often. What you put in the cooler will determine if you need something insulated with fabric or insulated via plastic and harder materials. Finally, you’ll want to consider what size you’ll need and the price point you’re looking for. Amazon is a great tool to get started looking at the variety of coolers and prices.

Additionally, if you purchase a thermal insulated bag, that can help you as well. Since you’ll be eating/drinking the items out of the cooler, you can then take the items that are in the bag and transfer them to the cooler once they fit.

What to Include

Now you’ll want to figure out how exactly to pack a cooler. First thing’s first, you’ll want to pack disposable dinnerware and napkins. To optimize storage, be sure to include only the serving size of foods that you and your party will eat. If you can’t eat a tub of guacamole, transfer it into a smaller container. If you really want to optimize on storage, consider taking a drink jug dispenser, granted it most likely won’t fit in the cooler, but it will save you precious space. Be sure to double bag or use sturdy containers so there aren’t any spills.

How to Pack a Cooler Properly

Drinks and/or the heaviest items should go on the bottom of the cooler. You can line the cooler with ice after you put the first layer of food/drinks on the bottom. Your food should be safe from being squished. You can also use ice packs if that will save you space. The top layer should be filled will your delicate items. Finally, be sure and cover the sides and remaining areas with more ice.

Pro tip: if you’re outside, be sure and cover the cooler with towels or an umbrella to keep your items cooler, longer.

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