Originally Posted by mjibilian
Dear God. Okay fine. It doesn't really matter, but we always drained them, more because we were already loaded up like $2 mules, and it was just extra weight to haul around.
But we packed a bit different. We had two coolers for each day; a food cooler and a drink (beer) cooler, all carefully and clearly labeled. A food cooler had day 1 dinner, day 2 breakfast, and day 2 lunch. We also had a lunch cooler, it started out holding day 1 lunch.
The first meal we served was lunch, so when it was time we tossed the lunch cooler and drink (beer) cooler on the beach and ate.
In camp, we tossed the day one food cooler and day one drink (beer) cooler on the beach, along with the lunch cooler.
As soon as we did that, dinner came out of the cooler to unfreeze, day two lunch went in the lunch cooler and it went back on the boat (with ice from the food cooler if needed) and day two breakfast stayed in the cooler until the next morning. The cooler was opened once to do all this, and then closed up again.
The next morning we cleaned out the day one cooler, and any extra ice went in the days drink (beer) cooler. That day's Trash went into the day one food and drink (beer) coolers. Passengers were allowed to get in the drink (beer) cooler, but warned that if they didn't close the lid tightly we'd make them clean out the porta pot. By hand. We also told them that any passenger who got into a food cooler for any reason would be summarily shot.
In 8 years running even 5 day Deso trips in July, we had one incident where a cooler didn't have ice in it when we opened it. A passenger was summarily shot. Problem solved.