Jayne, Christchurch.

We love camping but with not having a fridge I was finding it really hard to keep everything cold in the chilly bin. The slicker pads are good for a picnic for a day but not really for much longer.

I have now found a way to keep a chilly bin and contents cold for at least 3-4 days at a time. Find an old wire fridge shelf, measure about a 1/4 from the bottom of the chilly bin and then cut the shelf to fit. Freeze a couple of old lemonade bottles of water, place them on each long side of the chilly bin, fill the space in between with ice and then put the cut shelf on top.

Place all you food, milk etc on the shelf. The ice and bottles of ice keeps everything cold for at least 3 days whilst the shelf keeps everything off the wet. When the ice is melting too much simply replace with another bag of ice.

I’m going to try burying my frozen meat in containers under the ice this trip – thinking it will work brilliantly. Happy Camping.