Lots of campers keep most of their food in coolers. It can be for several days at a time and when that is the case it is important to practice good food safety methods. You
Tips For Packing a Cooler:
1. Pack Foods Directly From Fridge To Cooler.
The main thing that you are going to want to do when you are beginning the packing process is be sure that you are packing foods directly from the refrigerator into the cooler. You want to start with all of the cold or frozen foods first. That way, you will be able to keep everything cold that needs to remain cold.
2. Separate Meat and Poultry.
If you are going to be bringing both types of meat, you should be separating the meat from the poultry. You want to utilize separate bags from foods that you are planning on eating raw as well. If possible, you want to utilize a separate cooler. If not, you can simply place them in a bag that is not going to leak.
3. Fill The Entire Cooler.
A cooler that is completely full is going to last a lot longer and remain colder for longer periods of time than one that is only partially filled. Therefore, you want to be sure that you are filling it as much as you can in order to be able to pack it to last.
As long as you follow all of the tips discussed above, you should be able to keep the cooler as cold as possible for as long as possible and keep everything in it safe to eat for longer periods of time.
You can learn more about food safety and safe food handling from Eating Outdoors, Handling Food Safely by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. We hope your camping trips are happy and healthy this year and we look forward to seeing you around the campground. Be sure to say hello when you see us in the park.