ThermaFreeze Ice Packs – Review and 10 uses.

When I was asked to review ThermaFreeze Ice packs I will confess to having been a little under excited, as I wasn’t sure how I could do the post to make it vaguely interesting. However because Fin uses Type 1 Diabetes supplies that need to be kept cool I decided to give it a go.

When my chosen ice packs arrived, my interest was peaked again, as I realised these aren’t like normal ice packs.

Not only could I choose from several designs for my ThermaFreeze ice packs, which meant a lovely chevron designed set arriving, but the ice packs are a lot more versatile than I could have imagined.

Thermafreeze ice packs come in sheets, that you can cut easily to size for whatever you want to use them for.

Thermafree ice packs

You may have noticed from my photos, that ThermaFreeze ice packs look a bit different from the usual ice blocks, which take up a lot of room in the freezer. Since you can cut these to size, they only take up as much room as you want them to. They also work differently, as you aren’t just filling them with water and then freezing.

These ice packs have mini gel beads in them (completely safe), and all you need to do to ‘make’ your own cold ice pack is to put the ice pack of the size you require into some cold water for a few minutes. You will be able to tell when they are ready as they’ll puff right up.

Thermafreeze soaked

After this you just pop them into the freezer, and when I tested ours I found that they not only froze a lot more quickly than traditional ice packs, but also stayed cold for longer as the gel beads held on to the water and coolness for longer.

So now you know how to use the ice packs, but what could you use them for? Here’s a small list of uses ….

1. Cut in to singles they would be the perfect size for fitting in to any lunch box size to keep lunches and snacks cool in the summer heat at school or work.

2. Migraine? You could cut a strip and use it for your forehead to try to help relieve it, much better than a dripping flannel.

3. Hurt your wrist, ankles, any other body part? Then this would be much easier to keep on your body part than a bag of peas to reduce swelling.

Thermafreeze Wrist

4. You could use Thermafreeze on your forehead (or other body parts) to help cool down when having a hot flush or feeling over hot.

5. You can even use Thermafreeze as a hot compress if you need one, as the ‘ice’ pack is also microwavable for this use.

6. Worried about being hot and sweaty for a meeting? Freeze a ThermaFreeze ice pack to take with you in the car and use to keep yourself cool on the way to the meeting.

7. Picnics and barbecues are brilliant at this time of year, but no one wants warm yoghurts and coleslaw (don’t worry I don’t eat them together!), these ice packs are perfect for this, and can be cut to the size you want for the containers or bags you’re using.

8. If you have a bad back like myself, then you already know the benefits of using cold and heat therapy to decrease inflammation and relieve the pain. These packs are perfect for that, since they are flexible you can place them around the affected area and not keep having to painfully change positions.

9. If your child is a Type 1 Diabetic like mine (or has other medicinally treated conditions) then you will know that it’s important to keep insulin and other medicines from over heating. This also counts for blood glucose meters and strips, Thermafreeze in a medicine bag could definitely help this – though remember not to put it right against some of the items that also can not be below a certain temperature!

10. This use may just be a personal one to me…but sneaking up on a family member and popping a nice cold ice pack down the back of their t-shirt is always extremely satisfying, if you have the same level of maturity as I do!

Can you think of any other uses that I haven’t mentioned?

If you would like to purchase your own ThermaFreeze ice blocks then you can visit the ThermaFreeze website and check out their other designs.

*collaborative post but all thoughts as ever are my own*

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    • 14 July 2015 / 1:51 pm

      I was disappointed it wasn’t hot today, for an excuse to put them in the boys lunchboxes ;)

      Stevie xx

  1. Petunia Evans
    9 May 2016 / 7:55 pm

    I find it really interesting that you can cut this ice pack into many sizes, which is something I’ve never seen before. I think this could be perfect for using if I have a migraine, or if I want to use it for my lunches. I’m really glad to hear about how this can also help with keeping medicine cold as well!

  2. Jude
    14 July 2018 / 5:31 pm

    How do you get the water out to store them? I have too many to put in the freezer?

    • 14 July 2018 / 5:56 pm

      I just left them on the window sill for a while and the water evaporated eventually I seem to remember – I tend to use the same ones and re-freeze them so I’m not 100% sure as it has been ages since I left one out of the freezer on purpose when not in use.