6 Incredible Uses For Drinking Straws in the Backcountry

Lightweight backpacking and camping often requires a bit of ingenuity to bring everything you need without breaking your back. That's why we're a big fan of outdoor hacks and DIY outdoor ideas. Here are 6 incredible uses for drinking straws in the backcountry from our buddy John at IntenseAngler Outdoors.


Backpacking Uses For Drinking Straws



  • Fire Starter - A drinking straw can provide an easy way to store your fire starter to keep it dry. Stuff a drinking straw full of a cotton ball soaked in petroleum jelly and it will light right away when you get to the campsite. This is also a great place to keep a couple of matches dry. Just place the matches inside the straw and melt the end link in the video above.

  • Spice Rack - Here's a tip we've featured in some outdoor cooking videos in the past. Fill a straw with spices to improve your camp meals. Whether you need a splash of salt, a little pepper or some parsley, a drinking straw is an easy and lightweight way to bring spices into the outdoors.

  • First Aid kit - A straw can make a great ointment packet. Leave the bottle at home and just bring along the ointment you'll need carefully sealed in the straw.

  • Medication Storage - Leave the pill bottle at home and just bring the few you'll need carefully packed into a drinking straw.

  • Transporting Liquids - Need some olive oil for your gourmet camp meal? pour the right amount of any liquid into a straw, seal it and you're set for the backcountry.

  • Survival Kit - Bring along important survival items like matches or fishing hook and emergency fishing line in a straw. Stash these lightweight survival kits in your backpack and you'll be prepared for any situation.


Check out IntenseAngler Outdoors on YouTube for more great backpacking tips.
Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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