YounaTuber's Homemade On-The-Go Medical Kit Supplies

Ok. What we did this time is make individual packets of medical supplies for camping, go-bags, first aid kits, glove compartment, etc... Here are the instructions!! : ) 

What you will need:

Permanent marker
Napkins or paper towels

Step1.) Obtain a package of multi-colored straws. Solid is preferred, as opposed to stripes, because you will label them afterwards with a Sharpie, and your writing will be much easier to see on a solid background.

Step 2.) Obtain tubes of ointments/salves/lotions/creams that you plan on using. Some suggestions are triple antibiotic/Neosporin, Bacitracin, Ben Gay/Arthritis creams, hand lotion, burn ointment, anti-itch cream, Athlete's Foot relief, etc.

Step 3.) Color-code your straws to specific tubes of your chosen products, i.e. all Neosporin in yellow straws, all Ben Gay in green straws, and so forth and so on.

Step 4.) Cut a 2 or 2 1/4" piece of straw. Fill HALF of the length of straw you've cut with your product. ***See bottom for tips on this stage.***

Step 5.) Using your thumb and forefinger, gently squeeze the FULL end of the straw down until the cream has pushed its way up the straw, so that it appears the "glob" is just about centered in the straw.

Step 6.) Grip the end of the straw you're working with with the pliers, leaving a 1/16" or an 1/8"of an inch showing on the other side of the pliers tips. Think of the width of your standard deli-sliced cheese thickness. Occasionally, at this point, some of the cream will ooze from the corners. This is what the napkins are for. Maintain your grip with the pliers and simply wipe the excess off

Step 7.) Take the lighter and hold it to the small edge sticking out, and let it melt down to the metal. It will almost appear as though it melts itself into a small seam. Set the lighter down, then hold the straw in one hand, while releasing the pliers, then biting back down on the freshly-melted plastic for about 3 seconds. DO NOT "SLIDE" the pliers over. This will "mush the plastic, instead of sealing it properly. In the beginning, this make take a few tries to get it down. But eventually, you will find you have a nice, lined, airtight seam.

Step 8.) Now, flip your straw over and repeat the process on the other side.

Step 9.) Making sure the surface is dry-ish, label your packet! After a few packets, you will not be able to help getting cream residue on the outside of the straws, so try to remember to wipe your fingers and completed packets down before labeling.

Filling the straw is easier said than done, until you get the hang of it. I found a way that worked best for me after 2 or 3 packets. Three of us did this project, and we all ended up using methods we preferred.

Method 1.) Be sure all the cream in the tube is pushed to very edge of the opening, then set the straw JUST into the cream, and squeeze until you get the proper amount filled. I pre-cut my 2" lengths of straws and found it easier to fill them individually.
Method 2.) Our oldest used the same method to fill the straw, but did not pre-cut her lengths. She filled, then sealed one end, THEN cut and sealed the other end.
Method 3.) My better half had a rather interesting idea. He suggested "using the straw for what it was designed for." He placed the straw at the opening and sucked until the proper amount of product was in the straw, then used the "Method 2" to cut and seal. Hey. Whatever floats your boat.