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Old 12-09-12, 06:49 AM
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On tour, how do you carry things like pills (asprin, etc) and spices for cooking? Small ziplock bags or something else?
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I use discarded 35 mm photo film containers. They work great. Might be hard to acquire now though. I saved all mine from pre digital days. Does anybody remember film?
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I use discarded 35 mm photo film containers. They work great. Might be hard to acquire now though. I saved all mine from pre digital days. Does anybody remember film?
Film, I remember that unfortunately I didn't think ahead and save any of the containers.
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I use the small cannisters testing strips for blood sugar come in. About the size of film cannisters. Be sure and immobilize the pills with cotton or tp. Otherwise vibration will pulverize them. Cooking oil and liquid soap go in cosmetic bottles I get at a box store. Those go in a zip lock 'cause they tend to leak. LIke these.
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I use film canisters as well. Any photo lab that processes film should have them. The little caps you can buy to transform canisters into salt and pepper shakers don't fit Fujifilm canisters.
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I use small Nalgene bottles available from REI. The 1 and 2 ounce bottles are great for medications and spices. The 4 ounce is good for liquid soap/shampoo, and will usually slip through the security screenings at airports.
Heck, in my case 2 ounces of shampoo will last a couple of months

Depending on where you are going, and the type of transportation you are using, it may be advisable to leave Rx medications in the original containers. However, I've never had a problem with using the Nalgene bottles.
http://www.rei.com/search?query=nalgene

They are tough, have secure closing screw lids making them essentially leak proof.

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Also the little bottles/containers from REI.
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I use recycled small zip-lock bags. They pack better and weigh less than film containers/plastic bottles.
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Okay, here's a photo to make it easier to visualize (above).
I have a set of Coroplast tm Panniers, and a "handlebar basket", which is configured to act as an aerodynamic Spoiler (or Fairing, if you prefer). Inside it has a camera tripod, which takes up a lot of space, and a Duplex on/off switch for the headlights, at the left/rear top. But the Pill Bottles are located at the right/rear bottom. There is a Coroplast partition about 2.5 inches high which holds FOUR Pill Bottles. I use prescription pill bottles from CVS. They contain: Menthol Throat Losenges, Tums (antacid) , Toothpicks, and a small one-ounce Gold Bond Powder (so my thighs don't chafe ).

Anyone else besides me carry Toothpicks? I use the flat ones. Never know when your going to stop for something to eat.

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travelling two recommend drinking straws.very clever.
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I also got the 35mm film containers.. amongst other uses , i hot melt glued 6 of them around 1,
and use them for small nuts and Bolts.

there were shaker caps Made to replace the film canister, top, to put spices into..

I found some times they pack pills in individual blister packs, that comes in handy..

I found pepper sold in a container for peppercorns, that includes a grinder, under the cap .
to fresh grind it on the spot.

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The summer camp I work for assembles really nice spice kits for backpacking, using film cans. Apparently we asked nicely at some community college photography classes that were still shooting film. Only downside is a film can is probably overkill in size for 1-2 people for anything but maybe salt.

When backpacking I sometimes pre-spice my meals at home, which makes meal prep easier, allows me to use a lot of different spices, and cuts unneeded weight. For example, a meal I sometimes bring is 1 part lentils, 2 parts rice, with salt, dehydrated onion flakes, cumin, black pepper, etc. Or I'll put chili powder, salt, and cumin in dehydrated bean flakes to make beans and rice, etc.

The local fancy pants organic grocery sells various cooking oils in bulk, into little plastic squirt bottles that come in very backpack/tour friendly sizes.

Plastic ziplocs with in a pinch.
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On tour, how do you carry things like pills (asprin, etc) and spices for cooking? Small ziplock bags or something else?
Film canister are the most convenients. You can get a pack of 25 from B&H Photo for about $8. You can get salt and pepper lids from Campmor for about $2. You might be able to find the tops at local sporting good stores as well.

You could go higher tech with GSI products that screw together for convenience. It looks like you get 3 containers and could probably thread together as many as you like for various uses. GSI also make a "spice rack" which looks like the containers are linked together rather than screwed together. The rack might be a better method than the Missile. The Missile looks like it could spill easier. Either looks like they get pricey as soon as you want to carry more than 3 spices. The film canisters are cheaper by a lot.

If you don't what to carry ground pepper, you can also carry a pepper mill. It does work but it grinds very fine and takes a lot of work to get a little pepper (I have one).

For medications, I carry them...Claritin and Alieve...in the manufacturers containers. The containers aren't heavy and, more importantly, have labels on them so that you don't confuse them with something else and have dosage information on them. Labeling is only a small thing but if you use too much oregano the consequences aren't as dire as they would be if you use too much of some medication.
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See thread about carrying medication here: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ght=medication
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For years I used a spice wheel. It worked great but as I ran out of more obvious grams to count and cut it got eliminated and replaced with a Nalgene vials plus a couple of tiny squeeze bottles and heavy duty but small ziplocs. The whole lot gets put in one big clear ziploc. It is a lighter system and more versatile holding the amounts I want, but it is more of a hassle finding the right spice when I am cooking. I will probably go with my new system one more time and see if I can make it work better before going back to my tried and true spice wheel.

For my daily meds and supplements I use Ezy-Dose ziplocs with the days of the week marked on each one. I use the small REI ziplocs mentioned above to hold the bulk supplies. In addition, for my heart meds I store a four day supply in my handle bar bag for emergency use only. I figure I could get to a pharmacy in a few days for a refill if the need were ever to arise.
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Thank you for all of the help ya all. I think for this, I will use a combination of the 35mm canisters along with the 4 oz nalgene bottles for soap and cooking oil.

The 35 mm canisters brings back memories of my dad and I rolling film in the dark room. And when I took photo class in school, we used to pass notes in the canisters. Worked well.
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See thread about carrying medication here: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ght=medication
Good info! Thank you!
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Coglan still makes shaker lids for film canisters. My every present worry about what dangers industry, any industry, might present to my and others’ health seems to be unfounded as far as Kodak film canisters are concerned. They appear to be made out of food grade plastic similar to Nalgene bottles, although Kodak doesn’t make that claim specifically. They do claim that none of their film handling equipment requires any MSDS disclosures because they present no chemical risk to humans.
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Coglan still makes shaker lids for film canisters. My every present worry about what dangers industry, any industry, might present to my and others’ health seems to be unfounded as far as Kodak film canisters are concerned. They appear to be made out of food grade plastic similar to Nalgene bottles, although Kodak doesn’t make that claim specifically. They do claim that none of their film handling equipment requires any MSDS disclosures because they present no chemical risk to humans.
Food for thought. My opinion, as a chef, is that I believe we eat a lot of things we are not "supposed" to.
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Good info! Thank you!
And for those who might not have read it, but are still suggesting film cannisters ... if you're travelling around your state, or perhaps even your country, it probably doesn't matter. You can likely get away with putting your pills in bottles that are not the original bottles. But if you're travelling to other countries, it could become an issue. It is usually better to keep your pills in their original containers ... so you know what they are, and just in case of any question about what they are.

As I've mentioned in the linked thread, I've had to carry a lot of medication on this trip ... kept it all in original containers, and all went well.


That said, I have used film cannisters for spices. You used to be able to get caps for them to convert them into salt and pepper shakers. I have a few like that.

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A variety of old unused plastic test tubes is what I use.
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I use film canisters for medicine but I also have small pharmacy pill bottles that are amber in color that I have carried meds in. The problem with the pharmacy bottles is the plastic is a harder and can break but it is hard to break the film canisters. I get film canisters from my rolls of film. I still shoot some film.
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I was in REI tonight doing some Christmas shopping when I saw these spice containers.
http://www.rei.com/search?query=spice+containers
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