Camping With A Portable Ice Maker: Does it make any sense?

So this week my family and I decided to spend some time camping.

I have to be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of roughing it. I mean, it’s not like I’m a wimp or anything, I’m just a fan of modern conveniences – bathrooms, showers in the home and ice cold drinks.

Our Camping Trip Together As A Family

One of the things that frustrate me with camping is always having to buy ice.


Now, we do have a cooler and it works well (this is the Yeti Cooler that bought from Amazon), but in order for the food not to spoil you have to keep it filled with ice all of the time. No matter how good your cooler may be, ice will still eventually melt.

Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy camping. I enjoy getting away from the busyness of life and relaxing for a spell. Camping is a great time for our family to play games and put the electronics away.

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Camping has it’s perks. Also, I’m not just talking about going camping in a tent, but also a RV or spending time in a boat. These are all great times to enjoy the sunshine, and get away from the pressures of life.


I’m just saying there must be a better way to make camping a little more . . . comfortable.

My Son Cooling Off At The PoolMy son enjoying some sun while Camping. I love bringing cold drinks to the pool and watching our children play.

When you’re camping, the price of ice can really begin to add up. It’s about $6 for 5 lbs of ice and depending on the size of cooler it can take several bags of ice a day.

What I am about to say may not be a conventional camping method, but using an ice maker when you’re camping can help you in two important ways:


First, it saves you money because you don’t have to keep buying ice. Most portable ice makers will produce 26 lbs of ice everyday. Every time the ice bucket is full, just pour the ice into your cooler. This makes sure that your cooler is always full of ice and that your food will not spoil.

We had water and electric hookup at our camping site so having a portable ice maker only made sense. We made about 20-30 lbs of ice each day, and this made keeping everything cold a breeze.


Secondly, having a portable ice maker is great for keeping your drinks cold during those hot days of summer.

When you’re in a tent (on a boat or in a RV) it can get blazing hot. It’s great to be able to go by the pool with a cold drink and watch your kids enjoy the summer heat.

The sky is the limit to the kinds of drinks and cold desserts that you can make. Add to your camping gear an ice shaver to make awesome snow cones or other fancy drinks.

These accessories are normally small to carry and light for transport. It doesn’t cost a lot of money to purchase these small appliances for your camping trip, but the payoff is huge.

You are not going to regret that decision that’s for sure.


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