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So I've got all my soft plastics sorted by worm / creature etc. But I've noticed after they sit in my truck while I'm at work( because I can't exactly bring in my book bag, there's litterly no where to out it sadly,)  that the plastics have gotten hot obviously and have lost some integrity. Is there any way to remedy this beside taking them inside. Like I said that's not really an option for when I'm at work and trying to hit the lake after work. 

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Heat, whether from sitting in a hot car, or on the deck, is going to have that affect on most soft plastics. The good news is that they will regain their original density as they cool.  The bad news is they can take on a shape other than the original, so try not to store them bunched up. 

You could try wrapping the bags, or boxes in a cool wet towel and keep them in your trunk. A cheap styrafoam cooler with a couple of cold packs is another inexpensive option.

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Cooler and a bag of ice will get through a day of work. Heat and plastics can be troublesome if they get to hot, messy. 

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13 minutes ago, papajoe222 said:

Heat, whether from sitting in a hot car, or on the deck, is going to have that affect on most soft plastics. The good news is that they will regain their original density as they cool.  The bad news is they can take on a shape other than the original, so try not to store them bunched up. 

You could try wrapping the bags, or boxes in a cool wet towel and keep them in your trunk. A cheap styrafoam cooler with a couple of cold packs is another inexpensive option.

That could work, I keep them all as straight as possible so they keep the original shape and form. Havnt haduch problems with that, more with when I'm putting them on the hook they tend to rip and tare a lot easier. 

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7 hours ago, papajoe222 said:

You could try wrapping the bags, or boxes in a cool wet towel and keep them in your trunk. A cheap styrafoam cooler with a couple of cold packs is another inexpensive option.

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If I remember correctly, I was told by a longtime injection molding processor that soft plastics will melt around 150 deg. So even before hitting 150 they will become weaker in molecular structure and "softer." Heat is bad for soft plastics. At the other end you have hardbaits that are made from materials ranging from ABS to Lexan with melt temps between 350-600 deg roughly.

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I've decided to throw them in my lunch box for the days when I plan on fishing after work. The ice should keep them nice n cool. 

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I am in MD, and while it doesn't get super hot here, I have noticed the same issue as I keep a "go bag" in my car at all times.  I found that just a decent cooler does a good job in heat up to the low 90's.  I borrowed the thermometer from our fridge and tested the cooler on a hot day.  After 5-6 hours parked in the sun the inside of the cooler was around 80-85 degrees while the interior of the car was off the chart.  I also use an old packing blanket to keep the cooler and the rest of my gear hidden from view, so I am sure that helps with the temp as well. 

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