DYI Single-use Antibiotic Packets

Gear for Barefooters, Health & Well-being



Just by chance the other day, I was perusing through Brian’s Backpacking Blog, I found the perfect addition to the Altoids Tin Emergency Kit: DYI Single-use Antibiotic Packets. While I originally recommended disinfecting wipes for the Emergency kit, these packets might save you some space in your Altoids Tin, as well as some money if you happen to have already a large tube of antibiotic.

All you will need for this little project is:

  • Antibiotic ointment (Polysporin, Neosporin, or any pharmacy brand will do)
  • Clean, unused plastic drinking straws
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • A pair of scissors
  • A lighter


To make your packets, squeeze some of the ointment into a clean (unused) drinking straw then pinch off the straw end with needle-nose pliers and seal the end with the flame from your lighter. Turn the straw around, cut off your section from the rest of the straw and seal the other end the same way as the first. For step-by-step instructions with photos to follow along, and lots more detailed info, check out the original blog post in Brian’s Backpacking Blog.

According to Brian, these packets are strong and he has never had any of his burst open by accident, even when carried in his pocket or wallet.

Here is also a follow up post on how to easily open your packets: Easy Open Hack for DIY Single Use Antibiotic Packs.

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