Keeping Insulin Cool in an Emergency

Recently I saw a comment about Frio Bags on survivalblog.  This led me to do some research on them.  They are manufactured by the Frio Company and are sold as Insulin Cooling Cases. The Company claims they provide a highly effective, yet low-cost solution to the problem of keeping insulin at a safe temperature without the need for ice packs or refrigeration.

The principle is simple. To activate the case, immerse it in cold water for 5-15 minutes. Crystals contained in the panels of the case then expand into a gel, which remains cool for several days.  The process of evaporation is relied on for cooling. Just wipe dry the outside of the case and it’s ready to use. To reuse it again, just put the FRIO® case back in water and it can be reactivated over and over again.

The Frio website states “FRIO® wallets keep insulin safe for a minimum of 45 hours (more than 5 times longer than an ice pack) — even in constant environmental temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit!”

The website can be seen at the following link.

I don’t know how effective these would be to keep insulin cool for a number of years.  However for temporary storage or for use in a bug out (72 hour kit) bag I think they would be very usefully.  They come in different sizes and some of you may think of other possible applications.



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6 thoughts on “Keeping Insulin Cool in an Emergency”

  1. I think now with those new insulin pens many of them need no refrigeration. Seems that would be a good way to go. Diabetics need to check them out.

    1. Even for the pens and vials that state that they do not need refrigeration, do not forget that the FRIO will keep the medication from getting too hot. Insulin cannot go over 86 F.

  2. re the FRIO cooling cases; an absolutely critical piece of info for diabetics. thank you for the info. paul.

  3. Mrs.margaret Reynolds

    Can you tell me where can I buy a small frio cooling case and how much would it be.Thank you

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