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Health Tip: Packing Food for a Road Trip

(HealthDay News) -- Packing a cooler for a road trip can help you enjoy delicious foods without worrying that they'll spoil and make you sick.

The University of Minnesota Extension explains how to pack your cooler:

  • Transfer foods directly from the refrigerator or freezer to the cooler.
  • Separate meat and poultry from other foods that do not need to be cooked. Use a leakproof bag or a separate cooler for these items.
  • Use a cooler that's appropriate for what you need, and pack it full. A fully stocked cooler will keep foods colder than a partially filled one.
  • Use watertight packaging to prevent food from mixing with the cooler's ice.
  • Make sure the cooler's temperature is 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.
  • Store the cooler inside the car, not in the trunk. Limit opening the cooler.
  • Cover the cooler with a heavy towel to provide insulation.

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