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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

trying to figure out what's the best way to pack lunch to avoid freezing... last week I packed a baguette sandwich and I almost couldn't eat because it was so cold and hard... same thing happens to protein bars.


I tried to search the web but everyone talks about what to bring and all that... but no help on the best way to actually pack your lunch!


any suggestions? Is there any sort of small thermo bag that could be used?

post #2 of 19


Works for me.  


Did anything happen when you googled "heated lunch bags"?  I found this.  

post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
the brown bag style insulated bag looks nice! I will have to stop by rei and stp to see what they have! thanks for the tip on what to google!
post #4 of 19

Pack better foods in an inside jacket pocket.


I've never had an energy bar or Snickers that didn't freeze into a rock, but I've never had a problem with a regular sandwich freezing. And I just use my outside jacket pocket. I'd imagine a hard bread like a baguette would be a rock, so maybe try a softer bread.


Outside of that, maybe wrap the sandwich in a piece of Mylar. It should be cheaper, lighter and more compact than an insulated lunch bag. I'm not sure how it'd insulate without any "body heat," though.

post #5 of 19

you can always leave your pack in the lodge. I've never had a problem with people messing with it and it's also what all the racers do with their extra gear.

post #6 of 19

I have been sticking a hand warmer where the insulated hose of the hydration pack gets zipped into, and it prevents the water from freezing.  Perhaps placing a hand warmer into your pack or a small thermo bag will help? You can buy the hand wamers by the box load for cheap after each season.   

post #7 of 19

+1 on the hand warmer or just stick it in an outside jacket pocket if large enough. if in a pack, wrap in a dish towel or in a neoprene camera bag.  however the lodge sounds good, but now you have to worry about keeping it cold!

post #8 of 19

There are some products you can use like the hand warmers, or reusable style warmers that should keep food warm nicely.


Dont' know why, I thought this was funny.  

Edited by Trekchick - 1/5/13 at 6:53am
post #9 of 19

Wow how cold was it?  I've take my lunch with me most days and never had a sandwich freeze.  I often pick up a $5.00 sub on my way, toss it in my pack and go ski, eating on the hill when i get hungry.  I keep granola type bars in my coat pocket and they don't freeze hard on me either.  

post #10 of 19

get your sandwich and put it under the hood of your car right before you boot up. 

post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 
I had good results with hand warmers Today! The same baguette sub, set it up by 8:00 and it was good to go by noon! not warm but not cold at all!
post #12 of 19

You can eat a whole sub mid-day then ski again?  If I did that I'd be worthless for the afternoon, LOL.  

post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 
It was a 6" home made! :-)
post #14 of 19

Just got back from 2 weeks in Vail/BC. Most days would stop at Subway and get a 6" sub minus the condiments. Would throw that into my camelbak. Now it did get flattened, but it was still fine.

post #15 of 19



While a smaller sub makes a great pocket meal, I found out that the similarly shaped burrito may be just as convenient, but less impact resistant.  Yes, it was as bad as you're currently picturing...

post #16 of 19

I remember in college when my buddy and I would do day trips from Chico to Northstar, we would stop at Jack in the Box in Grass Valley for breakfast. We would grab some breakfast burritos and coffee to eat in the car on the way and also some burgers off the dollar menu to stick in our jackets to eat during the day. If you think Jack in the Box burgers taste like crap when they're warm, give one of them a try after it's been smashed in a jacket pocket for a few hours in 30 degree weather. It wasn't very good, but it was a solution for a couple cheap college kids who were too lazy to make themselves a sandwich the night before. biggrin.gif

post #17 of 19
We keep our lunches in our packs and have never had sandwiches freeze up. But, if we need a power bar, usually I keep it in my pack and then throw it into my inner pocket at the base of the lift and by the time I get to the top of the lift (or after another run) its usually fine.
post #18 of 19

what is your backpack made out of?  Silk?  Can air move through it?

That is my best guess at why your stuff is getting so cold.


Perhaps you need a more outdoorsy backpack where the fabric is waterproof or at least windproofed, which will keep the cold air out.  If your backpack has vents or holes designed to allow air to move through it (or water to drain out), then you should cover or plug those holes for skiing.  I use a hiking backpack which has these drains, and I throw in a plastic grocery bag to line the bottom when skiing. 


Also what else do you put in your backpack?  I assume at least a layer of clothing. arrange that around your sandwich, and try to get the bundle closer to your body side so it has the most insulation to the elements.


If you have a water bladder, you can fill that with warmer water, or at least room temp water, which should keep the whole backpack warm.

post #19 of 19
Thread Starter 
I think I put it in the wrong way, it was really cold but not like rock ice like a protein bar may get sometimes! and it was a poor choice of wrap since I just used those crap plastic thing :-( really helped with the hand warmers! the pack is a ski pack from osprey so it does its job of keeping snow and moisture out of it! the hand warmers was a winner!
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