By Cheri Sicard
I wish I had found this cooler hacks video last week when my RV fridge stopped working after I had completed a large shopping trip to Costco. I had to move everything into coolers, eat as much as I could (what diet?), and spend a fortune on ice during the eight days I had to wait for a mobile RV repair to come and fix it. (For the record, the fridge is now fixed, thanks to Tim at Butler Mobile Repair. Highly recommended if you need repairs while in California’s gold country.)
In the video, Florida real estate agent Yak Motley shares his favorite tips to make your ice last longer when using a cooler.
No, it does not involve buying an expensive Yeti cooler—Yak talks about how to maximize the potential of a regular cooler. The one he uses to demo in the video cost him $16.
So what does Yak recommend:
Cooler hack #1: Bury it or cover it: If you are at the beach, dig a hole in the sand and bury the cooler up to the lid. The sand is going to insulate the cooler and help the ice last far longer. Cover the top with a towel or a reflective blanket that will deflect sunlight. If you can’t bury it, covering it is the next best thing. The aim is to avoid direct sunlight on the cooler as much as possible.
Cooler hack #2: Reusable PVC ice molds: This is a quick, inexpensive, and easy DIY project. In the video, Yak shows you how to make them and fill them with salt water, which will lower the freezing point.
Cooler hack #3: Adding insulation: We did an earlier video on how to make a DIY Yeti-type cooler. Yak’s method, while not as good, is also not nearly as involved. Watch to see how he fills the lid and the bottom with spray foam.
Yak also shares the bonus tip of freezing plastic water bottles. Large blocks of ice, whenever you can make or get them, definitely last far longer than cubes.
Do you have other cooler hacks? Please share them in the comments below!