We use pre-frozen 'blue ice' instead of bags of ice, so there's very little water in the bottom of the cooler after a few days.
I like to bring my own garden vegetables and fruit, as well as store bought, in the cooler.
Pre-marinated meat gets frozen and goes into the small Dometic fridge
. It keeps for a few days and helps to keep the temps in there lower.
Thanks for the boxed milk idea, Hazel. We have used those small milk boxes in the past, but the quart size sounds better.
We have used dry pasta and rice mixes in the past, to form the basis for a meal, but now we eat lower sodium, so I'll have to use basic staples and bring along the herbs, garlic and onion.
Great ideas here. Thanks, everyone!