Packing a cooler for a road trip can help you enjoy delicious foods without worrying that they'll spoil and make you sick.
The University of Minnesota Extension explains how to pack your cooler:
- Transfer foods directly from the refrigerator or freezer to the cooler.
- Separate meat and poultry from other foods that do not need to be cooked. Use a leakproof bag or a separate cooler for these items.
- Use a cooler that's appropriate for what you need, and pack it full. A fully stocked cooler will keep foods colder than a partially filled one.
- Use watertight packaging to prevent food from mixing with the cooler's ice.
- Make sure the cooler's temperature is 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.
- Store the cooler inside the car, not in the trunk. Limit opening the cooler.
- Cover the cooler with a heavy towel to provide insulation.