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Old 11-26-2016, 08:34 AM
 
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My father used to prepare meals in advance of vacation and keep them in his large chest freezer. About an hour before he was ready to leave, he would remove them from the freezer, place them in a large Coleman cooler with large blocks of ice and then leave on the 13 hour drive. He would wrap all the frozen food in heavy newspaper and the like for extra insulation. He claimed that the food remained frozen for 36 hours without substantial thawing. And that was during the summer months.
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Old 11-26-2016, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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...My father used to prepare meals in advance of vacation and keep them in his large chest freezer. About an hour before he was ready to leave, he would remove them from the freezer, place them in a large Coleman cooler with large blocks of ice and then leave on the 13 hour drive. He would wrap all the frozen food in heavy newspaper and the like for extra insulation. He claimed that the food remained frozen for 36 hours without substantial thawing. And that was during the summer months.
I stopped using regular ice because I had situations where the food at the bottom ended-up in water.
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Old 11-27-2016, 12:08 AM
 
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I stopped using regular ice because I had situations where the food at the bottom ended-up in water.
I save the 64oz Ocean Spray juice containers. I fill them up with water and freeze them overnight until solid. I would agree that I do not want a pool of water at the bottom.
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Old 11-27-2016, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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I don't think you need dry ice...a block of ice or bag of ice should do fine in a normal cooler for 10-12 hours...especially, if you don't open it! If the food is frozen, it's gonna STAY frozen in a cooler with ice.
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