Different Types Of Ice – Which Last The Longest

Imagine that you are on a yacht, you’ve just bought the personal small cooler, but you have a dilemma. Which type of ice to use? Which will last the longest? Which type will be more convenient to use? These are some fundamental questions. We’ve done a little research and now ready to give you all the information!

Who’s the Winner?

Regular ice, dry ice or ice packs – which one will maintain low temperature longer? Well, frankly speaking, this question isn’t correct, because all ice packs are not made the same. They have different size, shape, cooling ability and melting time, just because of the method of their creation. And that’s why you need to understand what is right exactly for you because it really is more about the convenience than 3 hours difference in length. And I’ll help you with that.

Regular Ice

It’s easy to make by yourself, you don’t need to spend a dime on it, all you need is just freeze some water. You can shape it any form you like to fill in the spaces. Melted water remains cold which helps to chill items inside and also it prevents the hot air to come in.

Ice Packs

Ice packs need a little preparation, but they are reusable. Just put it in a freezer the night before and by the time you have to pack your cooler, they’ll be ready. Though melted water helps cooler to stay chill, it’s quite an unpleasant experience when you have to put your hand in cold water just to get your favorite beverage. Ice packs don’t have this problem. No more lakes in your cooler, no more waterlogged meals. And it’s easy to clean the cooler after ice packs, just wipe the condensation with a cloth and it’s done.

Ice packs are also very convenient to use because you can place them at the bottom, at the top, at sides or between the items. Though it’s not only pros, there are cons as well. And some may say, that the first point, the necessity of pre-chilling the packs is a disadvantage. Moreover, people say, that to enhance the cooling performance of ice packs it’s better to pre-chill the food too.

Dry Ice

Dry ice is a very strong tool for freezing your items. It is so cold, that you have to wear gloves while touching it! Dry ice is literally freezing anything it touches, so it’s good to use if you have to frost something right away. However, this doesn’t help dry ice to last longer. Mostly it is because of the fact that dry ice doesn’t melt, it evaporates. And that means that every time you open your cooler you are letting the cold gas out, which gets replaced by the warm air.


Personally, I prefer to use both regular ice and ice packs because it gives the most effective results on prolonging the life of a chilled cooler.

Palestinian city of Jenin

Perhaps, there is no other city in the Palestinian autonomy that would cause so many negative emotions among the residents of Israel. At one time, Jenin was nicknamed “the capital of terror”; moreover, it was in this city that the Israeli army suffered the most serious losses in the territories over the past decade. We are talking about the operation “Protective Wall” (more), which took place in 2002, made a lot of noise about the “atrocities of the Israeli military” and later became the theme of the movie “Jenin, Jenin”. I think that Israeli readers who know my critical attitude to the state of Israel and its politics will be somewhat surprised, but in this case I definitely think that the assault on Jenin in 2002 was necessary, because there was a true wasp nest of Islamic radicals.

Touristical Jenin

Once I have already said that living too long in one place and having studied this place thoroughly, you begin to artificially seek out “interesting things” in order to at least take something on your weekends. Any pile of historical stones, from which even an archeologist would have begun to cry, you accompany with some excerpt from the Bible and you get a folding narrator. Tired out. Especially when you are spoiled by trips around the world and can compare.

So, from the point of view of mass tourism, there is absolutely nothing to do in Jenin. A large Palestinian city with a population of about 60 thousand inhabitants, the regional center of the northern part of the autonomy. Once, in the 15th and 16th centuries, it was the fortified capital of the small Bedouin principalities that succeeded each other. Then there was the Turkish period, until 1917, when they were replaced by the British. During the first Arab-Israeli war of 1948, Iraqi troops entered Jenin. At the end of that war, the city departed Jordan, but in 1967 was captured by Israel, like the entire West Bank. Those who are interested in the events of those years and specifically the carnage of 2002, I advise you to watch the movie “Jenin, Jenin”.

Constant wars led to the fact that today in Jenin very little resembles its history. Several dozen buildings of the Turkish era in the center, a beautiful city mosque, a monument to German pilots (shot down in 1917, because, as you know, in the First World Germany and Turkey were allies, respectively, the Germans helped the Turks in their attempts to keep Palestine). That’s all.

Why are Palestinian products tastier and cheaper than Israeli?

In my village on the border of Lebanon and Israel, everything is beautiful: nature, warm sea, palm trees, elegant cottages and green lawns. One thing is sad – one has to go to the regional center, the city of Nahariya for food. Despite the fact that two hundred meters from the house there is a fairly large supermarket. All the trouble is kosher. There is such a “attack”, the purity of the product from the point of view of traditional Judaism. Without going into the subtleties of what is kosher (it’s written enough on the Internet), I’ll just say that it implies some special processing of meat and dairy products, from which they become tasteless, and in places even disgusting to taste. Chew “rubber” cheese and fresh sour cream, nostalgic about normal human food. Most Israelis, because they are kosher, do not even realize that the same products can be much tastier! About how a person born blind will never recognize the colors of the rainbow.

To get in Israel really normal and tasty products can be in two places: in Russian NOT kosher stores (a believing Jew will not even go there) and in Arab villages. Not only is there a wider choice, it is also tastier and cheaper. Periodically, I try something new, for example, products produced in the Palestinian autonomy. Few people know that a non-existent de jure, but a long-existing de facto Palestinian state almost entirely provides itself with products, and even supplies some of its products to some Arab countries. The bulk of the Palestinian products are made in Hebron, Ramallah and Jericho.

In Israel, you will not find Palestinian products due to artificial restrictions imposed by Israeli producers of dairy and meat products. They are afraid of competition. Therefore, you can personally buy the most delicious Palestinian yogurts, sour cream, laban, olive oil, cheeses, tea, sausages and much more, having left for some Palestinian city.

This time we bought food in Jericho, drove there on the way to the Negev desert and the Dead Sea, as described earlier. Listen, we bought food there in direct quantities! There are only five bottles of olive oil, five kilograms of labane, three kilograms of tea, plus coffee, cheese and much more. Part I gave to friends. And it should be noted that a large part of Israeli friends disappointed me greatly, saying that they would not eat Palestinian sour cream, because … the money will eventually go to terrorism. Rave! They do not want – and do not, I will get more.

Price tags on average 50% lower than in Israel. The fact is that, firstly, the Palestinians do not pay Israel taxes (and Israeli taxes are quite high), and secondly, the cost of the product does not include kosher costs, which constitute up to 10% of its value. The fact is that in order to receive a kosher certificate, retailers pay a decent amount to the appropriate religious authorities, so that they come and approve the “cleanliness” of sales.

Now, with regard to the prices of Palestinian products:

  1. A liter airan costs 8 shekels,
  2. Cheese, 800 grams 15 shekels,
  3. Labane, 900 grams 9 shekels,
  4. Tea, 20 bags, 4.50 shekels

The second point, in addition to taste and price, is the purity of the product from any chemistry. Due to the fact that the Palestinian market is quite small and the volume, respectively, is ten times less than in neighboring Israel, they are not very keen on stuffing products with various food additives. If the Israeli sour cream, I counted five additives on the letter “E”, then in the Palestinian only one. True, the shelf life of Palestinian products is less than Israeli. The latter may lie for several days without a refrigerator and will look fresh on the outside. Chemistry works wonders.

Rujam-a-Naka, an abandoned Jordanian fort in the Judean Desert

On this trip, the car had a hard time, probably the car god would not forgive us for driving in the desert, where there is no asphalt, where bumpy primers rolled in quad bikes and jeeps diverge in all directions. As soon as I returned from Iraq, I had not yet disassembled the backpack, like a good friend endowed with a state-owned car from a certain large corporation, offered to jerk to where we would not meet crowds of tourists. I was entrusted with the task of finding a place that can responsibly be called “original.” It is always easy and fun!

We decided to go to the Palestinian territories in the direction of perhaps the most inaccessible Israeli fort – Rujam-a-Naka. This is a long-abandoned Jordanian police station, located in the middle of a lifeless desert near the Dead Sea. The path to it leads bypassing several Palestinian villages, then kilometers 20 loops on very dangerous serpentines and a bad road, then the disappearance of any asphalt. The final stage is about 6 kilometers along a dirt road with pits and rubble flying out from under the wheels. And here we are.

The history of the fort is not as brilliant as it may seem. Not everything in the Holy Land is so eternal and ancient. This fort was built in 1951 by the Jordanian army to control the nearby Palestinian villages and pacify the local Bedouin of the Rashidiyah tribe. It is likely that the guilty soldiers were sent to this place, for the already distant and dreary place was this Rujam-a-Naka, from which there was a bare desert for dozens of kilometers in all directions. In 1966, the Israeli paratroopers in response to a raid by Palestinian partisans on the Israeli border, attacked the fort, firing at it with anti-tank grenade launchers and throwing grenades over the top. However, the goal was not to capture the fort, and the Israelis left the area, leaving a third of Jordanian soldiers killed and wounded at the fort.

In June 1967, during the Six Day War, the Israeli army captured the West Bank, including this fort. The Jordanians retreated on the territory of their country, across the Jordan River. New tenants moved into the fort – Israeli soldiers who were stationed here until the end of the 1990s, when the fort lost its strategic value and was abandoned by the military.

Mountain village-fortress of Ras Karkar

Approximately 8 kilometers east of the British fort Dir-Kadiz, which was described earlier, is located one of the most picturesque Palestinian villages, Ras Karkar. The little houses covered the terraces with a cone-shaped mountain, on top of which stands a fortress of the 18th century built, Ibn Samhan, where local feudal lords, the Samhan family, lived for centuries. Long before the Arab-Israeli conflict, local Arab feudal lords were at enmity with each other, from time to time arranging devastating raids on neighboring villages. Hence the fortress. The unusualness of the fortress of Ras Karkar is that it is a purely Arab-Palestinian fortress, not connected in any way with the British, or with the Jewish period, nor with the Ottomans, nor with modern Israel.

Not so long ago, with the start of restoration work funded by Germany, Ras Karkar began to quickly turn into a popular cultural center. Here are held music festivals, concerts, performances of local amateur ensembles. On our arrival, life in the fortress was in the key — a children’s summer camp for Palestinian children 10-14 years old. Some kind of “peppercorn” was attached by the fact that all these children lost their parents during the last Intifada and live in boarding schools in various cities of the West Bank.

For a long time, an abandoned and forgotten fortress (as well as the village itself) is changing before our eyes for the better. Many residents of large Israeli cities find it difficult to imagine that in some 5 (five!) Kilometers from the fashionable Israeli town of Modiin with chic shopping centers and high-rise buildings, there is a small village where there is not even asphalt on the streets and water is served in a matter of hours, who need to have time to fill the tanks.

Difficulties getting into Ras Karkar

Let me just say that if you want to easily and painlessly understand how simple Arabs live in martial law, then just drive from Ras Karkar to Deer Cadiz. It is very close, only 8 kilometers along a beautiful road, winding among the olive trees and hills of the biblical Samaria. What, have you gone already? And in vain, you will find a dead end. See how your path will look like on Google.Earth, and below will tell you what the problem is.

It is not easy to travel in the Palestinian territories without fully understanding the local specifics. The roads indicated on the map can be blocked by the Israeli army, and it is difficult to predict anything in advance. After visiting the British fortress in Dir-Cadiz, we returned to the car and drove east to Ras Karkar. Straight road through the village of Harbat. And suddenly the concrete blocks in the middle. No soldiers, no checks. Just blocks that do not give to drive. We already see Ras Karkar, here he is, on a mountain, three kilometers from us. But do not drive. For clever people who want to go around the blocks – specially excavated dug ravines on both sides, where you fall. We turn around and make a detour and arrive in Ras Karkar in half an hour. Compare: 8 kilometers in a straight line, or almost 20 kilometers in a circle. And all this is conceived by the military in order to control any movements of local residents, while saving soldiers. Why keep a separate checkpoint between the villages? Better the Palestinians wind kilometers around, who cares? Something like this reasoning the military.

A fascinating action is taking place before our eyes: Palestinians from Dir-Cadiz are dragging things from their cars into other cars standing on the other side of the blocks. Then they leave. Why is this done? Firstly, in order to avoid contact with Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint, secondly, to save time. Judging by how vigorously and habitually the Palestinians are doing this, it becomes obvious that the endless road barriers are futile. If they want to carry a weapon, they will overload it here, or bypass it through the plantations. It remains to add that at the checkpoint located on a circular road, we did not find a single soldier that day. Apparently, the post is temporarily removed. But the blocks between the villages left. And people continue to suffer.