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    Forum Member haraya's Avatar
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    How do you carry your reusable straw?

    Hi! I just added a Klean Kanteen stainless steel straw to my EDC. I was surprised at how tall it was, when it arrived in the post. Right now itís just wrapped in a paper towel in my S19 water bottle pocket, but I was wondering about a better way to transport it - so that the silicone tip doesnít get bent and also to keep it clean (dry, not lint-y) when not in use. (Itís too tall for my small Ghost Whale!) I could use a Freudian Slip to keep it straight, but that would be more volume and weight that I otherwise donít need in my S19. A small detail, but I like having my EDC just so. Embarrassment What do you clever Bihnions use?

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    I have a stainless steel straw from the Virginia Aquarium. It's at home so I can't tell you the exact length, but it fits in the my SE and in the pen/pencil COP.

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    I can attach a pic later, but I believe I have the same Kleen Kanteen stainless steel straws with the bent silicone tips. I actually hated the length and flexibility of the silicone tips, so I cut them. Obviously this isn't a solution for everyone, but now they fit in the pen slots of my SK and I'm not annoyed by the overly bendy straw.

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    I have an orange-tipped stainless steel straw in one of the pen slots in this pic. I trimmed it to about 1/4 inch past the Kleen Kanteen logo on the silicone, which is pretty much exactly the right height for the SK to zip closed over top of it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tress29 View Post
    I have a stainless steel straw from the Virginia Aquarium. It's at home so I can't tell you the exact length, but it fits in the my SE and in the pen/pencil COP.
    Thanks! I thought the colored bendy tips were a good way to tell them apart but now I'm thinking a shorter one would be more portable. I'll keep an eye out! Embarrassment

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    Thank you! Interesting idea! I haven't used my straws yet, but that's a good hack. They came in a pack of five - I might even cut one down and see which version I like better.

    Quote Originally Posted by ClicketySnap View Post
    I can attach a pic later, but I believe I have the same Kleen Kanteen stainless steel straws with the bent silicone tips. I actually hated the length and flexibility of the silicone tips, so I cut them. Obviously this isn't a solution for everyone, but now they fit in the pen slots of my SK and I'm not annoyed by the overly bendy straw.

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    Someone somewhere posted about carrying a Final Straw - I can't remember if it was here or on the Ravelry TB Forum

    https://finalstraw.com/
    I like all the blues and greys...and all the happy citrus colours too! My search unicorn is the Sapphire Dyneema original Small Shop Bag...

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    I use the bent stainless steel straws, which are (as mentioned above) too big for the Pen/Pencil pouch or the regular Ghost Whale, but fit with room to spare in the small Stowaway packing cube and I expect therefore will fit in the A5 GWP. I was considering getting a Final Straw, but I'm not sure if the collapsibility is worth the approximately 12x cost!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cazique View Post
    I was considering getting a Final Straw, but I'm not sure if the collapsibility is worth the approximately 12x cost!
    In my opinion, it is NOT. I don't get the attraction of these, they are awkward to fold and hard to fit back into their containers, and the kind I got has a little cleaner stick that does not work very well and is difficult to get back in the case. I like the stainless straws so much better, even though they are not collapsible, but hey, NO PLASTIC!

    I would love to see some kind of telescoping stainless straw that had no plastic or silicone in it, that could approximately halve the size of a normal straw.

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    I just recently started carrying a stainless steel straw, I bought it to go in a little silverware kit I was making. Here's the photo I posted a few weeks ago:

    Quote Originally Posted by aedifica View Post
    6. What are you making/creating/doing?
    I've left the sewing machine out so I can do some mending... but what I got it out for in the first place was a much more exciting project: I made myself a little fabric roll to hold a "youth size" fork, spoon, and knife, along with a stainless steel straw and a napkin. Now that's part of my EDC so I don't have to use disposables as much.
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    And @G42, it was @ceepee who posted about using a Final Straw in a small Ghost Whale Pouch (before we knew there would even be another size of GWOP). I remember because that post was the inspiration for my silverware kit:
    Quote Originally Posted by ceepee View Post
    My Final Straw finally arrived today, so here is the update I promised.

    With a hanky/serviette, GoBites Duo cutlery, Final Straw and a snack bar in the pouch it's a very tight squeeze. However, if I take the Kind bar out everything fits nicely and there's room for some small wrapped chews or boiled sweets or even a tiny bottle of hand sanitizer.
    I have a bunch of great bags. Favorite color combos include Aubergine/Island, Navy/Solar, Forest/UV, Original Halcyon/Wasabi, Cloud/Viridian... and now also Seapine/UV!

    I've fulfilled my dream of palindromic-colored nested bags! Navy/Ultraviolet Pilot with Aubergine/Island Side Effect inside: blue purple purple blue. Forest/UV A45 with Aubergine/Wasabi Co-Pilot inside: green purple purple green.

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    anna2222 (or anyone who's looking for a better brush) - I don't know which brand of straw you have. I think I saw a review of the Klean Kanteen straws that complained about the brush that came with the set. I haven't tried my brush yet, but I used an OXO brush that I already had - it comes in this set: OXO water bottle cleaning brush set

    It was the right width for the KK straw - a little bit of friction to clean the inside but not so much that it was a struggle, or that it deformed the silicone tip. Hope that's helpful to someone! Embarrassment

    Quote Originally Posted by anna2222 View Post
    In my opinion, it is NOT. I don't get the attraction of these, they are awkward to fold and hard to fit back into their containers, and the kind I got has a little cleaner stick that does not work very well and is difficult to get back in the case. I like the stainless straws so much better, even though they are not collapsible, but hey, NO PLASTIC!

    I would love to see some kind of telescoping stainless straw that had no plastic or silicone in it, that could approximately halve the size of a normal straw.

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    aedifica, love the fabric roll! And your silverware kit looks so nice in there.

    I find I'm often having to put my spork away in a hurry, so I usually just wrap it up in a paper napkin and wash when I get home. But I've been thinking about repurposing some of the cloth napkins we have (and never use). They're too big and bulky for my EDC. I might cut them in half and sew down one corner as a sort of pocket for my spork and straw. And maybe put the whole thing in one of my medium OPs, which are currently languishing as I have switched to Cubelets, mostly.

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    I mostly use a Jansport digital burrito. I’m still hoping TB comes out with a longer knitting needle pouch 11” with elastic to prevent metal utensils from floating around and clicking against each other.

    I usually roll with two sets of utensils, three straws and two sets of travel chopsticks from Muji. I pretty much leave it in the middle console of my car unless I go to a food place or I’m traveling.

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    That's such a delightful solution! Funny name too. Love the elastic. What material is it - just cotton, or some kind of poly blend?

    I might dig out some extra knitting needle cases that I have lying around. Same general idea.

    Quote Originally Posted by TRD View Post
    I mostly use a Jansport digital burrito. I’m still hoping TB comes out with a longer knitting needle pouch 11” with elastic to prevent metal utensils from floating around and clicking against each other.

    I usually roll with two sets of utensils, three straws and two sets of travel chopsticks from Muji. I pretty much leave it in the middle console of my car unless I go to a food place or I’m traveling.

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    I can't think of the last time I used a straw... I don't tend to drink cold beverages other than water... I bring real silverware to work every day with my lunch though and I bought nylon pouches off of Etsy from this seller:

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/LoveForEar...ng_id=58611173

    They're not made to TB quality standards (I now notice details like straight stitching) but they're perfectly usable and I've had them over a year now. I think the seller makes them partly to order so you could always order a specific size if you didn't want to be crafty like @aedifica
    I like all the blues and greys...and all the happy citrus colours too! My search unicorn is the Sapphire Dyneema original Small Shop Bag...

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