Tips from Prois CEO – Transporting Meat When Flying

By Kirstie Pike
CEO Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women

Transporting Meat When Flying
Transporting Meat When Flying
Próis Hunting Apparel
Próis Hunting Apparel

Gunnison, CO -( As you may know (or may not!) I throw some tidbit of information out to the masses weekly. These proverbial tidbits may be industry related, business related, random thoughts or great tips I have learned along the way.

For those of you who follow…thank you for your patience. For those of you who don’t follow…thank you for at least pretending to over social media! I am shallow enough to accept that!

Tip of the month…packing considerations when transporting meat home from your hunting destination.

I realize, this may seem simple. But anyone who flies frequently to hunt realizes there are many hurdles to traveling by air. I have found the logistics of getting meat home is one of the more difficult to navigate. Here are some insights I have learned from much trial and error. (More error than anything else, actually)

1. Pack your clothing and a duffel bag in your cooler and check that as a bag. What this does is ensures you do not have to run around looking for another cooler prior to flying out of your destination. Often, there is little time to do this. And occasionally there may not be a place to purchase a cooler. Once at camp, you can offload your gear into your duffel.

2. I pack duck tape and a sharpie for each and every hunt. This allows you to secure your cooler and ensure you have a return address (if not already on your cooler) on your cooler. Also…everyone else in camp benefits!

3. Check your airline regulations for shipping meat. Typically, a well sealed cooler is adequate. However, some airlines like Air Canada require your meat container be wrapped in cellophane. This is good to know in advance so you can readily check your cooler.

4. I check online to see what availability there is to purchase dry ice. Nothing is worse than getting home and finding your meat is room temperature. Finding dry ice is not always easy, so a little investigation prior to your trip allows you to know where to get dry ice without a lot of unnecessary effort spent in hot pursuit of said dry ice.

5. If possible, weigh your cooler at camp or wherever you may get the opportunity. Airlines charge more for coolers above 50lbs…and many will not accept them if they are 75 lb or more.

6. A cooler with wheels and a handle is a must for navigating the airports.

Again, there is nothing more disheartening to have ruined meat or to have spent a lot of extra money transporting your meat home after a dream hunt. A little pre-planning can really help reduce the stress and expense of flying your meat back home.

And yes…I learned each of these lessons the hard way.

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Airlines don’t allow dry ice in luggage, I freeze my elk and double box it before I fly.