International travel and frozen food
June 8, 2014 5:25 PM Subscribe
I'm about to depart to a foreign country with high priced, low quality, not kid friendly food. It is common for expats to bring meat with them and I want to do this too, with AskMe's help.
posted by k8t to Travel & Transportation (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I bought a collapsible fabric cooler. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00314DM84
I want to bring smart dogs, chickn (soy) nuggets, maybe some frozen pizza dough, frozen tortellini, mozzarella, and maybe some other stuff. All will be factory sealed. (Happy to take other suggestions!)
Flight will be about 24 hours door to door.
Expats say to have some big cuts of meat to keep everything frozen, but I won't do that. So what should I do, AskMe?
Here's what one expat told me:
I do 2 meat containers every time I fly from Houston. We use a polar ice cooler that is collapsible. I bought off of amazon.com. It works the best and does not look like a cooler. You will not waste weight on putting it in a suitcase this way. It keeps everything frozen sold until I get to my apartment. We fly Houston to Frankfurt to city. You can not put any freezer packs/dry ice/wet ice in the container you are bringing. Make sure you have a few larger pieces of meat or other that has been deep frozen for a few days. Also freeze everything else you will bring in the container and it should be fine. Put everything separated in ziplock bags. And put large pieces in shopping bags Just in case they start to defrost. When you get your luggage in city it will probably have red tape around it, the officers will ask what is inside and you just tell them food for special diet or if you are traveling with a child just say it is for the child. They have never opened my cooler.