Rovr RollR 45 road trip cooler
Packing the RovR RollR 45 for a Family Road Trip
Cooler season never ends. But as the kids head back to school and the last weeks of summer roll by, vacation season comes to an end. With holidays, harvest festivals, and foliage trips on the horizon, vacation season cedes to road trip season. And RovR’s RollR 45 wheeled cooler is the very best cooler , road trip cooler no matter how long you’ll be on the road, or where you’re heading.
Scrambling for food and goods while on the road, often in unfamiliar areas, wastes time and money. A properly packed cooler is essential: it stores everything you need for your day trip, and at safe temperatures, as the weather stays pretty hot through September in most places. Following are some tried-and-true tips for packing your RovR RollR 45 wheeled cooler, and enjoying a safe and fun family road trip.
Choosing the RollR 45
More than anything, you need to pack a cooler that will fit comfortably within reach of everyone in the passenger compartment of your vehicle. A cooler in the trunk, where no one can access it as you travel, is of limited usefulness. The RollR 45 is the most compact cooler in RovR’s line of products. Its 45 quart capacity means it packs plenty of goods, but at 22.5” by 18.5” remains small enough to hang out with your family in the car, truck, or SUV.
If you expect your trip to be multiple days, rather than a day-trip, you will want to pre-chill your RollR 45 before you load it. Simply add a bag of ice the day before you will pack the cooler and let it chill overnight. Remove the old ice before you pack it with goods and new ice.
Pack ice in larger blocks: they will melt more slowly than small cubes. You can fill empty milk jugs with water and freeze them for solid, sustaining, practically free ice packs.
Keep potable ice cubes in a compartment of the RollR 45’s internal dry bin, keeping them clean and separate from the packed goods. Or store them in a couple of sealed sandwich bags.
Pack Cold Beverages
Be sure that the beverages you pack in the chilled cooler are cold. Non-carbonated beverages, such as water bottles, can be frozen before they’re packed (be sure to drain an inch from each bottle before freezing to prevent the bottles from warping or bursting).
Preparing Food to Pack
Cool all the food you’ll pack, not just beverages. Also, you can freeze items like juice-boxes, hot dogs, and deli meats and allow them to slowly thaw in the cooler.
Consider pre-cooking food prior to your trip so you only need to reheat on the fire or camping stove. Avoid packing totally raw perishables, if you can: they are less portable and transfer more heat than packaged, ready-to-eat foods.
Goods that keep at room temperature, such as fruits and vegetables, can be packed in totes and lunch bags: they transfer heat quickly and will take up space unnecessarily in the cooler.
Keep it Cold
Store the goods you’ll use first near the top of the road trip cooler. It will prevent digging through the goods and ice and allowing cold air to escape. It will also better preserve the items that will be in the cooler the longest.
When you’re off the road, keep the cooler out of direct sunlight. If you lodge while on the road, take the cooler with you into the air-conditioned hotel, motel, inn, or bed-and-breakfast. Leaving it overnight in a hot vehicle will accelerate melting and drive its temperature up. You may even be able to re-freeze water bottles and ice sheets during your stay, depending on furnishing.
Not Just for Food
Packages of disposable moistened wipes can also be stored in the cooler, and made ice cold for quick relief along hot roads and trails, after long days stuffed in a packed car. Hand sanitizers, some lotions, sunscreen, and aloe can be kept at the top of the cooler to prevent them from losing their viscosity in the heat. Cooled aloe or sanitizer is a pleasant relief after a long, hot day of driving as well.
If you’re on the road for more than two days, especially if it’s warm in the vehicle, you will get the best results by draining off some of the melted ice and replenishing with ice or ice sheets picked up on the road. The bulk of the ice in a well-chilled and properly loaded cooler will last up to ten days, so if you’ll be traveling for longer than that, definitely replenish.
Enjoy Road Trip Season, and Road trip Cooler Season!
With a range of versatile coolers from 45 to 80 quarts, RovR Products has a wheeled cooler for every occasion. For road trip season, or for short trips and day trips year round, the RovR RollR 45 is the ideal companion for your family. Packed well, the compact RollR 45 will help you make sure that wasting time and money are not a part of your family’s travels.