I'm an avid camper, when anyone asks "Does anyone what to go camping?" my hand goes up before they get a chanch to say where of when. Over the years I have lugged my favoite hot drink along in bulky containers.
On my last trip, a group of us went white-water canoeing. Naturally with all that potential portaging you want to take as little as you can. But hey, you have to have a hot drink in the cool mornings right. So I brought mine along, although for years now I have put them in a plastic bottle. The ones they come in are no good because the glass ones can break, the cardboard ones get wet and go soggy or they get crushed and the lids on the tin ones always come off. With any of the above, you get powder everywhere. And it usually happens in your backpack.
Anyway, one of our group had been given samples of Tim Hortans coffee in little plastic packages with sugar and whitener already added. Good idea, but I don't drink coffee. Tim Hortans was a famous Canadian hockey player and started the coffee chain after he retired.
When I got home, I was making myself a hot drink when I saw my Food Saver machine and I had a flash of genius. Why not make my own packages, they would certainly take up a lot less room in my pack.
I've been reading "Instructables" for some time now and really appreaciate all the good ideas and have used a number of them. So I thought I'd take a shot at creating an "ible" in order to say thanks.
Step 1: Make Your Own Pakaged Drinks
What your going to need:
a food saver machine;
a good quality plastic bag
your choice of drink powder;
your prefered sweetener (otional); and
Step 2: Lets Begin
Start by taking your plastic bag, the better the quality the less likelyhood of it getting punctured. Using your food saver, divide it into small tubes. You can make them any size you want, I chose to make them long and thin, but short and fat would work too if you prefer. Then cut off one of the original sides to make an opening and cut the tubes apart.
Step 3: Fill Them Up
Put the funnel in the open end and pour in your measure of drink powder into the tube, add sweetener and whitener if you want them.
I use a drink called "Bambu" No it doesn't have any bamboo in it. Then I put in a smidgen of Stivia.
Stivia is a sweener derived from the Stivia plant. it is 10 times sweeter that sugar, is a natual product and the only sweetener that doesn'thave a harmful effect on diabetics.
Yes a smidgen is a real measurement, see the spoon.
Step 4: Seal Them Up
Line them up on your Food Saver, close the lid and vacuum seal them.
You don't really have to vacuum them but you run the risk of them popping if they get squashed.
Step 5: All Done
Take them out, cut off the extra piece and throw them in your food pack.
You could do this with thouse sweet powdered drink mixes too, but I don't know why you would want to drink that stuff, it's just sugar.
You may notice that two didn't get vacuumed. I found a tiny hole in the original edge of one, but I don't know why the other didn't seal.