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How do I ship something on dry ice?

Dry ice is a great way to ship frozen goods from one side of the country to the other.  Because it does not melt and lasts much longer than wet ice it is the perfect, worry-free solution for many peoples’ food and medicinal shipping needs.  In order to ensure your package arrives as intended, here are a few tips to keep in mind when shipping that delicious cheesecake to your aunt in Saskatoon:

  • Selecting the correct package is not only vital to protecting the shape of your goods and protecting them from damage  but can also extend the dry ice’s effective cooling time.  Use a specially made temperature-controlling package; thicker packages will allow your dry ice to sublimate much slower.  These are usually standard shipping boxes with a lining to maintain heat or coldness.  Try a package like one of these.
  • Dry ice is best used to ship products that must be frozen for their journey.  Because a package is packed tightly to prevent damage, dry ice will freeze any goods within close proximity.
  • We recommend 5-7lbs per 24 hours of travel.  It is best to have an accurate idea of when your package will be delivered.  If you are unsure of how quickly your package will arrive, we suggest packing closer to 7-10lbs per 24 hours of travel to be on the safe side.
  • As always, we suggest keeping an insulating material, such as a slab of styrofoam or a terrycloth towel, between your goods and the dry ice itself.

If you have any questions, please contact us!  Additionally, to find dry ice near you, check out our store locator!

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