Whether you’re taking a day trip out into the woods or a longer hiking and camping trip, there are plenty of reasons to bring dry ice with you into the great outdoors this fall. You may not think of dry ice when putting together your checklists for hiking and camping, but there are countless uses for it. From coolers to thermoses, pest traps, and repairs, there are tons of reasons to start using dry ice. Here are some uses for dry ice on your next fall hiking trip.
Keep Your Food Cold for the Whole Trip
If you’re using a cooler of any size on your trip, make sure it’s well insulated and dry ice compatible (vented to prevent dry ice from exploding). An appropriate cooler with dry ice will keep food and drink cool for over 24 hours. This can help with sensitive foods or just to make sure you always have enough cold water on hand for your hike. One tip for packing a cooler with dry ice is to pack it as tightly as possible–filling in any gaps with newspaper or towel will keep the ice from melting for longer.
One unexpected but effective use for dry ice that will make any campsite or fall picnic more pleasant is the mosquito trap. Dry ice can be used to keep mosquitos and other flies away, which can be especially useful for a hiking trip. Placing dry ice in a cloth bag in an area far from you or your group will trick mosquitos into following the carbon dioxide gas released by the ice, since mosquitos track carbon dioxide by scent and will mistake the bag of dry ice for an animal. This trick will keep you and your food free from pests, so be sure to take it on any hiking trip where there’s a lot of standing water or ponds where mosquitos thrive.
Keep Medications Cold
Many necessary medications need to be carefully temperature controlled, but your medications shouldn’t keep you from taking a beautiful fall hiking trip. Dry ice is commonly used to transport and preserve many types of medications and medical equipment across the country. Try packing your medications in a thermos or small cooler, ventilated and packed with insulation, to keep them cool for an extended period of time away from the refrigerator. Attaching a thermometer to a stainless steel thermos so that you can adjust the insulation and seal during the trip will help to avoid any damage to the thermos from the pressure of the carbon dioxide released by the dry ice.
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