- Jan 11, 2020 at 8:59 am #3626540mike aBPL Member
Does anyone have a list or advice on repackaging size of items like boners soap, sunscreen, bug, chafe, hand sanitizer, water drops, etc….. I have read different peoples suggestions but there is not good context to show ounces or quantity for a number of uses. Like Boners soap- someone says they take .5oz but I do not know if that is good for 5 days or 20 days or 15 washes or 100 washes. I do understand it is subjective and each person uses items different but all advise is welcome.
Getting ready for a first backpacking trip this year.
Thanks, MikeJan 11, 2020 at 9:14 am #3626543Brad RogersBPL Member
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
I repackage my Aquamira drops into smaller part A and part B bottles – I think they are .5oz bottles and I can get a week out of them. I also repackage Dr. Bonners in a smaller bottle – I think it is .35oz and probably get 30 days out of it – a little Dr. Bonners goes a long way. I repackage Hand Sanitizer in a .5oz bottle and get a week out of a full bottle. I also repackage DEET – I should have used a .35oz bottle but used a .5oz bottle that some eyedrops came in a few years ago and it still feels full. Mike Cleland! had an excellent post on here titled something Dinky things, that had great info on it if you can find it.Jan 11, 2020 at 10:26 am #3626555Ken ThompsonBPL Member
@hereLocale: Right there
Here’s Mike C!’s postJan 11, 2020 at 10:40 am #3626558Brad RogersBPL Member
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Thanks Ken. BTW I really miss Mike C! around here.Jan 11, 2020 at 12:54 pm #3626568mike aBPL Member
Thank you for the info and link. I will go check it out.Jan 12, 2020 at 6:13 am #3626635Greg MihalikBPL Member
Mike C! was abducted by aliens.
I miss him too. I hope he returns soon.Jan 12, 2020 at 8:23 am #3626645Russ WBPL Member
@gatome83Locale: Southeastern US
I know there are lots of sources for repackaging containers. My go-to has been Litesmith.comJan 12, 2020 at 11:40 am #3626669obx hikerBPL Member
@obxcolaLocale: Outer Banks of North Carolina
Sawyer sells picaridin in a .5 oz. pump spray tube about like a fat ink pen. Handy and picaridin won’t damage clothing/gear, shoes, elastic…like anything stretchy…socks, gaiters. I take @ 1 oz of sunscreen for up to a week. Everything up-thread above sounds right. Clelland and those smooth flat teardrop shaped rocks ;)Jan 12, 2020 at 12:32 pm #3626676Tipi WalterBPL Member
The OP’s question can only be answered by time and experience on the trail. How Much Bronners to Take can’t be answered by anyone but you.
The subject of finding suitable small containers is a whole other topic—and easily answered by experimenting with over-the-counter containers like nasal sprays or eye/ear drop bottles etc etc.—reconfigured for your needs.Jan 13, 2020 at 4:05 am #3626807Greg PehrsonBPL Member
@gregpehrsonLocale: playa del caballo blanco
One thing you can do to approximate amounts is to fill a small vial and use it at home as you would on the trail for a day or weekend, and then assess how much you used. For example, use the Dr. Bronner’s soap to brush your teeth and wash your hands as many times a day as you need to, then review how much you needed for that day. For sunscreen and bug repellent, some folks wear shorts and t-shirts and need a lot; I tend to use clothing for coverage so I need very little. Test it out on yourself at home–notice how much you need for a single application given your clothing choices, then multiply that out based on recommended reapplication times per day and number of days you’ll be out. This will give you a starting point that will be honed, as Tipi says, by experience on the trail.Jan 22, 2020 at 9:37 pm #3628365Mark JBPL Member
That link leads to something entirely else,May 21, 2020 at 7:51 pm #3648537Adrian GBPL Member
Home-made tooth powder in a cosmetic sampler container is a good weight saver. The sample toothpaste tubes my dentist gives me are more than is needed. Toothpaste has to be bear-hung, another chore to be forgotten last thing at night.
There are many recipes on the web for tooth powder. I based mine on one at mommypotamus.com. I left out the cinnamon, peppermint oil, etc. etc. and mixed up a couple of cubic inches for stock. For trips, I fill a cosmetic sampler container–this is a snap-cap container about 3/4 inch diameter by 1/2 inch tall. Weighs almost nothing and is enough for many days. Spitting out activated charcoal, baking soda, and bentonite clay is much more LNT that spitting out white, peppermint toothpaste.
Also, to cut hanging needs, get a sample pack of unscented dental floss form your dental hygienist.May 21, 2020 at 9:39 pm #3648554
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