How to Store Dry Ice

by Joseph Eitel ; Updated November 30, 2018

Believe it or not, dry ice has come a long way in terms of uses. Not too long ago, it was nothing more than a Halloween staple, used to create a spooky fog for trick-or-treaters lucky enough to attend a “haunted house” or other celebration. Dry ice is now used as a very cutting edge way to prepare food in high-end restaurants all over the world. No matter what your usage, it’s important that you handle it carefully and safely. If touched, it can give you severe frostbite resembling a burn.

Purchase the dry ice as close to the time you’re going to use it as possible. Dry ice will sublimate, even in perfect storage conditions.

Choose a container. This should be a thick, insulated container to lower the rate of sublimation. An ice chest is ideal for storing dry ice.

Transfer the ice to your container being careful to avoid contact with your skin. You should always wear thick gloves, safety glasses, a long-sleeved shirt and long pants when handling dry ice.

Keep your windows rolled down so that air can flow through the vehicle you are transporting the dry ice in.

Choose a storage room with good air ventilation. Dry ice should never be stored in an unventilated room, and it should never sit in a vehicle for an extended period of time.


  • Do not store dry ice in an airtight container.

    If your refrigerator or freezer stops working, filling it with dry ice is a perfect temporary solution.

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About the Author

Joseph Eitel has written for a variety of respected online publications since 2006 including the Developer Shed Network and Huddle.net. He has dedicated his life to researching and writing about diet, nutrition and exercise. Eitel's health blog, PromoteHealth.info, has become an authority in the healthy-living niche. He graduated with honors from Kellogg Community College in 2010 with an Associate of Applied Science.