This may not be as big of a deal with cub scouts as it would be for boy scouts since with cubs we don’t do a lot of extended overnight camping and hiking trips. However, even when out on a day hike, we (and our cubs) don’t want to be carry a bunch of unnecessary weight. This is a great way to carry antibiotic ointment with you during those hikes or campouts. The problem is, even the single use packets you can buy are often WAY more than is necessary for a small cut or abrasion. These single use doses will give you just enough antibiotic ointment and won’t take up hardly any room nor add much weight to your pack. AND they’re quick and easy to make. You can find the original source of this craft, and other great camping and outdoors ideas, at briangreen.net.
- Plastic drinking straws
- Antibiotic ointment
- Needle-nose pliers
- Lighter or other flame source
- Cut your straw into 1″-2″ pieces
- Using your needle-nose pliers, crimp one end of the straw leaving just a small amount sticking out the side.
- Take your lighter and melt the portion sticking out. If you would like, test the seal at this point once the straw cools.
- Fill the straw with the antibiotic ointment just less than all the way full.
- Like you did with the other end, crimp the open end with your pliers and fuse it shut.
Once your antibiotics are all conveniently packaged up, store them in a small Ziploc baggie stick them in your camping tote or hiking backpack so they’re ready the next time you go. Better yet, for all the scout moms out there, throw some in your glove box. When you’re ready to use them, either cut them open with a pocket knife, or press on the sides of one of the fused ends and force the straw open. If you’re out hiking, don’t forget to trash your trash. Remember, Tiger Cubs are not allowed to use knives so keep that in mind if you’re taking Tigers camping or hiking.
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