I am sure there are other threads on the subject, but for those of us that are new or somewhat new (I have only been a guest here for over half a year), let us discuss the wonderful moments of scoring free and useful UL gear.
I was inspired to create this thread after a great score today. I have been itching to get some smaller containers to hold stuff like soap, hot sauce, insect repellent, olive oil, etc. But I didn't feel like ordering stuff all the way from the US (I live in Sweden), and the camping stores in my town only have "larger" type containers. For a quick and easy overnighter or weekender, I don't need 100ml of soap. So I did the best that I could, and have been using a small hotel shampoo bottle that I would fill halfway with concentrated, biodegradable soap, for example.
I am at the mall today and pass one of those girly "101 different expensive creams and soaps" type stores. I had a brainstorm. I asked if they gave any free samples, and the lady was very happy to supply me with three different tiny containers! I could give a crap about the overpriced and over perfumed soap in them, but now I have three really nice little containers to use. One I emptied right away when I got home and filled and packed in my kit. I now have a tiny/cute jar of soap that full only weighs 12g, perfect for 1-3 days.
I am sure nearly all of us know about cat food can stoves, beer can pots, and such. But the tiny little container thing has been a thorn in my side for like half a year now, and I finally fixed it, and just wanted to share. And maybe pick up some other good tips.
Oh yeah, and you guys also take lots of tiny salt, pepper, ketchup, mustard, etc. packs when you eat at fast food joints, right? And to think 10 years ago, I would pack a whole bottle of ketchup and mustard, along with an entire bottle of shampoo and a big bar of soap in a soap dish.