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Quick & Easy Homemade Ice Packs: How To

Here are a few different options for having ice packs and bags on hand for first aid as well as frugal ideas for keeping your lunchbags and camping coolers nice and chilled.

Reuseable gel type:

Method #1

2 cups water
1/3 cup vodka (80 proof)
Food coloring (any color you like)
Ziploc Freezer Bag


1 cup rubbing alcohol
2 cups water
Ziploc Freezer Bag (1 quart size)


Liquid Dish Detergent
Ziploc Freezer Bag


When taking them from the freezer to use, wrap in towel first before applying to body. If they freeze too hard and aren’t slushy, simply allow them to melt and then add more alcohol.

Single use method:

Lunchbox ideas:

Camping cooler ideas:

No time to freeze and need something in a jiffy? Here are some ideas:

Also, don’t forget about this great tip for making microwave heating pads [1], they can also be frozen and used as cold bags (suitable for first aid treatments).