If you want to keep food, drinks, medicine or other items cold when traveling long distances it's important to know the rules about what you can and can't bring through airport security as well as what the best ice packs for travel are. In this article we'll talk about what ice packs you should use and what you need to know so you get through airport security without any issues.
Can You Bring Ice Cold Gel Packs On A Plane?
The TSA has very clear and concise guidelines for travel safely while using ice packs, gel packs, or any other frozen liquids like water. You are absolutely allowed to bring your Ice Cold Gel Packs with you in your checked luggage. The liquids inside your ice pack are non-toxic and considered safe for travel unlike hazardous chemicals which are forbidden on airlines. For carry on bags it does get a bit more complicated. In order to pass TSA guidelines you Ice Cold Gel Pack must be COMPLETELY frozen solid. The TSA does not allow gel packs that are partially frozen or slushy. If your gel pack is melted, slushy, or partially thawed it must meet the TSA 3-1-1 rule. Meaning all liquids must be less than 3.5 ounces, stored in a clear plastic bag, and remember, only one bag per traveler is allowed in your carryon luggage.
Generally speaking, cold packs are best for maintaining the temperature of chilled goods above 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius). For example, in the food industry, the FDA requires that all raw protein perishable food items reach their destination at a maximum of 40°F. Also, injectable medicines generally need to stay within 2-8°C. Consider this while packing your cold products.
Benefits Of Cold Packs.
If the product you are shipping is perishable but must not freeze, Ice Cold Gel Packs are ideal for regulating the temperature of your shipment. Our non-toxic formula does not reach freezing temperatures. Instead, our gel ice packs melting point is around 32°F which provides the correct temperature for the duration of the shipment. Our cold packs will typically maintain the product in the 2-8°C range depending upon its weight and starting temperature. Ice Cold Gel Packs are also great for prolonging the life of dry ice used to ship frozen goods. Our ice packs provide more extended coverage for frozen products while in transit when used alongside dry ice without reaching temperatures that will damage products sensitive to freezing. Another often-used benefit of cold packs as a dry ice substitute is that they can also be added at room temperature during winter months to help prevent sensitive products from freezing.
Packaging And Shipping with ICGP
FedEx® recommends that you package perishables for a minimum transit time of 30 hours and ship them via FedEx First Overnight®, FedEx Priority Overnight®, or your preferred freight. The best shipping container for cold packages and storage is a two-inch thick urethane insulated box, tested to lose only 5 pounds for a 10-quart storage volume every 24 hours. When packing items in the container, put the product and any gel packs as close together as possible. If using dry ice, be sure to pack that on top in order to regulate the inner temperature. Fill any empty space with wadded newspaper, styrofoam peanuts or bubble packs, as any dead-air space will cause the Ice Cold Gel Packs and dry ice to sublimate faster. As a general rule, For gel packs, use one pound of gel ice pack per cubic foot for every 24 hours your package will be in transit.
Understanding how to ship frozen foods is a critical aspect of your business. Regardless of whatever package you sell and ship, it’s crucial that it gets to the intended recipient in good condition while also being fresh and free of any potential contamination. Having your food show up in poor condition will undoubtedly cost your company customers and revenue during the cold chain process. Visit Ice Cold Gel Packs for more information on how we can help with your cold packaging needs.