I like to have commonly used medications on hand, as I've learned that there are times when one tiny little pill can be the difference between a normal day and misery. I can still recall a trip in Israel where I got a case of traveler's diarrhea, and two immodium tablets dang near saved my life. A couple weeks ago we were out and Shira got hit with a bad case of heat rash. Oh, what she would have given for a tiny bit of cortisone cream! I had various pills on me, but no cortisone cream.
And then it hit me, I could finally use a hack I'd heard about years ago: store small amounts of liquids, gels and creams in sealed off drinking straws. The idea is super simple: use a lighter to melt one end of a straw; add contents; use a lighter to melt the other end of the straw. You can see it in action here.
Today I spent a few minutes filling up a couple of straws worth of Cortisone. While I was at it, I figured I could try a few other creams and filled straws with sun-tan lotion and Aquaphor. Here's a few snapshots of the process:
Yes, I'm skeptical about the amount of sun-tan lotion in the above straws. Will that amount be of any use? I suppose if I really need it, I'll crack open the straw and will find out.
During the winter time, I started carrying of Aquaphor. It has so many uses, it's stayed in my bag. Except I never use it. So I'm swapping out the travel size tube for a couple of straws worth. That leaves me with Aquaphor, but in a much smaller container worth. And unlike an opaque tube, I can tell how much I've got left.