Keep it insulated, ventilated, and dry.

Pack dry ice into a ventilated insulated container (camping coolers are perfect) to slow down it's melting process.

Dry Ice must be ventilated so it doesn't build up pressure as it warms up and sublimates (changes from a solid to a gas).

Keep your dry ice dry by wrapping it in a plastic bag or newspaper. Water speeds up the melting process, and for this reason dry ice disappears faster on wet and rainy days.


Make sure to read the safety information.

Use gloves that won't freeze to insulate your skin when handling dry ice. Garden gloves, leather gloves, ski gloves etc., not rubber gloves.

Transportation - LAND

Bring a camping cooler and some gloves...

Dry Ice needs to be well insulated so it doesn't melt as fast while you're transporting it (see storage for more information.) The easiest solution is a camping cooler; smaller coolers hold 30-40 lbs. and large coolers hold about 100 lbs. of dry ice. Because it is extremely cold you should use gloves to handle it, garden gloves work fine, ski-gloves are good for insulation as well and rubber gloves are better then nothing but tend to freeze with more then a minute of handling.

Dry ice is classified as a dangerous good by Transport Canada and there are specific regulations to follow. For smaller amounts you need to identify the container as holding dangerous goods (a sticker works fine) and for larger amounts you need to label the entire vehicle (placards). Iceberg Dry Ice can supply you with this documentation if you need it - see the table below to determine what is needed.

Weight Restrictions
0 - 5 kgnot regulated

5 - 499 kg 1. Class 9 Sticker
2. TDG Forms

500 kg+ 1. Class 9 Sticker
2. TDG Forms
3. Placards on all 4 sides of vehicle

Transportation - AIR

Below are some commonly found guide lines but please check with the transport company itself to confirm exactly what is required.

  • 2.5 Kg maximum per piece
  • A container that will not leak, and is vented
  • Approval from airline
  • Dangerous Goods documentation
Air Canada
American Airlines
United Airlines
West Jet


Transportation of Dangerous Goods

Dry Ice is listed as a dangerous good and should be labelled with the following information during transport.

UN Number UN 1845
Shipping Name Carbon Dioxide, Solid OR Dry Ice
Class 9
Packing Group III
Special Provision 18 When used as a refridgerant, the container must be marked as such. The container must be designed and constructed to permit the release of CO2 to prevent the buildup of pressure.
Special Provision 81 Dry Ice should be transported in a means of containment that will prevent accidental release that could endanger public safety under normal circumstances.

Dry Ice Links

Below are some links to informative dry ice pages.

Dry Ice Information 1

Material Safety Data Sheet

How Much Do I Need?

Check out our page on uses for dry ice; it has several videos and amounts that may help you.

small smoke effects (cauldrons)10 lbs. / hour
large smoke effects (floor fog)30 lbs. / hour
cooling chemical smoke30 lbs. / night
smokey drinks2 lbs. / glass / night
camping food10 lbs. / cooler / weekend

Numbers represent the average amount needed.