Tent camping with milk

Discussion in 'Camping at Disney World' started by Momto2plustwins, Jul 30, 2018.

  1. Momto2plustwins

    Momto2plustwins Earning My Ears

    Jul 5, 2016
    We leave in 92 days! But I’m trying to figure out how we’re going to keep Lactaid milk cold for 5 nights. My twins go through three cups a day each, and I don’t believe it’s sold on property. We have limited space in our vehicle...there are 6 of us plus we’ll have our big tent and ten days worth of clothes/necessities/food. Should I buy a mini fridge? If so, any recommendations on one? Should I just plan on buying ice constantly? We’ll be there the first week of November if that makes a difference.
  2. bama_ed

    bama_ed It's kind of fun to do the impossible-Walt Disney

    Sep 23, 2004
    Hi Momto2!

    I travel with and use an electric cooler (mine is from Coleman) that can both plug into a cigarette lighter (12V DC) while traveling and with the included 120V AC adapter can plug into the power post (or use an extention cord) at a campground with AC.

    Here is a link: https://www.coleman.com/powerchill-40-quart-thermoelectric-cooler/3000001497.html

    No ice to buy. It lowers the the cooler temp about 30-40F degrees lower than the exterior air temp and actually works quite well. But that brings up two points: in very hot weather (like 90F+ that we have here in Alabama), my "adult beverages" only get chilled down in the 50s. Still safe enough IMO for fresh food, meat, and vegs but I like my beverages in the low 40s, if you know what I mean.

    On the other hand, when night temps get cool (50F or lower), I have awakened to find slushy ice in my "adult beverage" cans because the low night temp coupled with the chill differential caused them to start the freezing process. So on cold nights I unplug the cooler before going to sleep (it will be plenty cold enough from the air temps over night) and then plug it in the next morning.

    For a November trip to the Fort, you probably can leave it plugged in around the clock and be okay but you can manage it the way I said. I like buying most/all of my food at home and bringing it with me so I don't have venture to the local publix when I arrive in Orlando. Later in the trip I usually end up there (or walmart) though.

    I also like throwing some diet Cokes and bottled waters in the cooler while travelling so I don't have to pay $2 a piece for a 20oz at the gas stations en route.

    So that's what we use. We've had it for over a decade and it still works great.

    Bama Ed

    PS - I have also found that keeping the cooler in a shaded location helps keep things cool inside. Extended direct sunlight is not helpful to the chilling process.

    PPS - I do have a small fridge in my trailer but this is my travel cooler while in motion and overflow cooler while at the site.
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2018
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  4. Teamubr

    Teamubr Formerly racing around the country.

    Nov 7, 2010
    My dad just bought the same electric cooler Ed posted on a link. Since he retired again (at 87), he and his wife decided they wanted to travel. We were camping with them in Branson last weekend and his wife (whose only 70) said they are looking for a Class B MH, but wanted something to keep things cool in the car. There is a Colemen outlet in Branson, so they picked up one of these. The fine print says it will keep things 40 degrees cooler than ambient temp, so I don't think it would do well for long periods in a confined car in Summer, but while on the road, it should do great.

  5. amcc

    amcc DIS Veteran

    Jun 4, 2007
    I always camp with boxes of milk and I saw Lactaid ones the other day. We use a box every morning but it really helps to only have to chill one or 2 at a time.
  6. Alicenwonderment

    Alicenwonderment DIS Veteran

    Mar 21, 2011
    Can the kids take the lactaid chewy tablets? I use them when I want to eat dairy. If I remember correctly some of the food court type places carry lactaid milk in cartons.
  7. Momto2plustwins

    Momto2plustwins Earning My Ears

    Jul 5, 2016
    They’re only 2, so we haven’t tried the tablets. If the food courts have it, that will be a huge help!
  8. chartle

    chartle DIS Veteran

    Jul 10, 2008
    are they the ones that you don't refrigerate until opened? Seen it for soy milk but not sure about lactaid.
  9. rideswithchrist

    rideswithchrist Mouseketeer

    Aug 7, 2014
    You can also look into getting Garden Grocery to deliver...I THINK they will deliver to the Fort and you can pick it up at customer service (?)
    But it may be so much easier to just get a little cooler, OR if it is just for the week, see if they like coconut milk, flax milk, etc because some of those come in tetrapaks.
    We have a minifridge...and you still can't store a ton of milk in it, so you may have to buy more during the week anyway.
  10. StormyCA

    StormyCA Chief Troublemaker

    Sep 22, 2014

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