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Insulated bag for frozen groceries

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Dec 29, 2012
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Insulated bag for frozen groceries

Looking for recommendations for insulated bags that can keep my frozen groceries frozen in the car while I drive home
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Feb 9, 2012
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yesnomaybe wrote: Looking for recommendations for insulated bags that can keep my frozen groceries frozen in the car while I drive home
Dollarama has blue insulated bags sitting next to their green bags for $3
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Jul 13, 2007
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Big Amazon bubble mailers. Put the ice cream and meats under the frozen vegetables.

And/or keep a small cooler in your car.
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Dec 7, 2012
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I use one of those insulated shipping boxes that meal kits come in.
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Feb 7, 2017
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Know lots of folks who swear by the oversized Costco Insulated Bags
(Google if you want to see a pic)

Personally, in the summertime we usually have an empty cooler in our vehicle
And so just toss our perishables in it
Even without ice, it does a good job keeping things cold for the ride home
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Jan 5, 2003
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The best insulated bag is still just a few millimetres of soft foam, vs. 1+ inches of dense foam in a cooler. If you don't have room to always keep a cooler in the car, carry around some pieces of ridgid foam insulation to put around the sides and top of an insulated bag. When not in use and taken apart, it takes up much less space than a cooler (which has all that empty space inside), but works better than any insulated bag.
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Sep 3, 2018
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Like other people in Summer we use cooler box in the car for when we buy meats and produce
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Aug 22, 2006
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I use a PackIt freezable bag.
It has ice packs in the walls. They're not very thick so you won't buy too much time out of it.
It worked pretty well.
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Dec 27, 2011
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Interesting, I've never even thought about using an insulated bag or cooler for groceries that need to stay cold. But then again I don't usually get groceries which are far from home.
How long of a drive is really needed to warrant the use of these?
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We have a soft cooler with a handle. It collapses flat when empty, but can expand to hold a week's worth of cold stuff from Costco.
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M&M meats sells them. They aren't huge (we also use the big Costco one), but fold and fit nicely in our green bin in the back of the car. We often travel 100-300 km from shopping to our home and both bags work quite well.

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