Say you’ve got some great local fare that you want to send to a friend. It’s perishable so you know it’s not just something you can just throw in a box – you need dry ice!
Wait a second…can you even ship dry ice? What are the rules about how you should pack it?
Not to fear, dry ice fans! We’ve assembled some quick and easy tips that tell you what you should know about shipping with dry ice:
- First, for domestic shipping, you can definitely ship with dry ice as long as its next-day or second-day service. We recommend eight to ten pounds of dry ice to keep items frozen for up to 48 hours.
- Via our friends at FedEx, here’s a good way to ensure you pack your food the right way with dry ice:
- Always keep something between what you’re packing and the dry ice. Cardboard, towels or plastic all work well.
- For maximum effectiveness, sandwich what you’re packing between blocks of dry ice.
- Do NOT try to make the package air-tight by wrapping the cooler with tape or plastic. Simple insulation should do the trick.
- For international shipping, the post office actually does not recommend shipping with dry ice since packages often get caught up in customs for longer than 48 hours. You’re welcome to try but our sources say it’s a gamble.
Got more shipping tips? Feel free to share them in the comments section, below!
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