Dry ice is an awesome tool for many things, including shipping perishable goods just about anywhere in the world. If you ever need to ship perishable goods, whether it’s fresh picked vegetables to your aunt in another state or fresh baked cookies to troops overseas, packing and shipping with dry ice doesn’t need to be a difficult task. Here are some of our absolute best tips for shipping with dry ice.
Prepare for Shipment
You will need to purchase dry ice from a trusted supplier like Dry Ice Corp beforehand. Work with a customer service representative to determine exactly how much dry ice you will need. Keep in mind that there may be some regulations from the postal service or UPS that you will need to follow in order to meet their standards for shipping with dry ice.
Next, make sure that you have the supplies to securely pack your dry ice and goods up together. Dry ice sublimates instead of melting, meaning that it turns directly into gas instead of turning into liquid. As a result, it’s very important to pack dry ice safely so that the pressure inside of the container doesn’t build so high that it bursts. Use a packaging material that allows for a good deal of release of pressure during the transit process. Things like plastic, wooden crates, and fiberboard are ideal for shipping with dry ice. Never use steel drums or jerrycans.
Follow All Safety Precautions
Even when you do everything properly, shipping with dry ice can still be dangerous. It’s important to follow all proper safety precautions when working with dry ice. Always wear thick, heavy gloves and never let dry ice make contact with your bare skin. Pack the box that you are sending carefully so that the food is properly protected, again without touching the dry ice directly. Anything touching dry ice directly that is food or flesh will be burned and unusable afterwards.
Dry Ice for All of Your Needs
Dry Ice Corp is the largest regional supplier of dry ice and related products in the Northeastern United States. Our dry ice is fresh and delivered right to your doorstep. We are happy to help you determine the best way to ship your goods, whether you have a huge amount of cookies or a single pie, and help you select the perfect amount of dry ice for the job. Give us a call at (201) 767-3200 or contact us online for a quote. To connect with us online, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.