Prep Your Food
It’s so nice to have things prepped when kids are involved, even better when it comes to food. You want this thing to look like the backcountry version of a meal delivery kit. So prepped you don't have to think or do, just cook.
First, decide what actually goes in the cooler. Don’t waste space on stuff that doesn’t need it. Like oranges, apples. Tote bags work great for all that. We'll fill the extra space with ice.
NOTE: If you’re going out to bear country, get yourself a bear canister, a bag for hanging, and a few odor-proof bags. If you’re at a campground, they’ll give you a bear box for storing food, but it’s still better to have your own safety net if not.
The night before you leave, remove excess packaging and sous-chef it up. Your food will take up less room and less time to make later.
Grab some travel-size shampoo bottles, and fill them up with your olive oil, condiments, and marinades. Only bring what you need.
Assume everything will get wet. The ice will melt. It’s just the nature of the beast. But if you pack things in baggies and grocery bags, you just might save dinner. The RovR cooler has a whole dry bin inside for this point exactly.