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kevin campbell
(rockymtbiker) - F

Locale: Michigan
Lightest Sunblock container? SEEMS crazy, but it all adds up, right?? on 06/11/2013 17:23:05 MDT Print View

I was attempting to lighten my load for this trip & I came across several items I was going to get rid of & a few that needed to lightened.

Sunblock I have is pretty small, but I figure there is lighter ones out there. Anyone have a line on a super small container of sunblock?

I was considering just taking some sunblock out of the container & storing it in a zip lock. Anyone done that? Similar to my tooth past packs in plastic food wrap. I'm going to try that IF all else fails!

Bryce F.
(bster13) - MLife

Locale: Norwalk, CT
In the NE anyway... on 06/11/2013 18:45:46 MDT Print View

I do not carry sunblock. It's greasy when I'm already greasy out on the trail, weighs a lot and I have to keep reapply.

So... in the NE I wear a wide brimmed Sun Day Afternoons hat and then long sleeve shirt and pants. THey keep bugs away for the most part as well.

GL.

kevin campbell
(rockymtbiker) - F

Locale: Michigan
Re: In the NE anyway... on 06/11/2013 19:15:54 MDT Print View

I got the hat too & long sleeved shirts, airdry I think they call them, very cool. But, still gots to have the sunblock!

M B
(livingontheroad) - M
sunscreen on 06/11/2013 19:19:14 MDT Print View

I take a 20ml dropper bottle , with the tip removed (~3/8" opening) out it weighs about 0.7 oz pretty full of sunscreen. Just enough for tips of nose, ears, neck kind of areas IF needed.

I rarely use it at all, and only take it where no tree cover.

I hate sunscreen.

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Lightest Sunblock container? on 06/11/2013 19:20:15 MDT Print View

Try one of these, available at REI and probably most gear stores:

http://www.rei.com/product/605890/polyethylene-container-1-fl-oz

With sun protective clothing, you shouldn't need more than an ounce of sunblock. With these, you can buy a large tube of sunblock and replenish the small container as you need.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: sunscreen on 06/11/2013 19:23:33 MDT Print View

I use a zinc oxide stick. Not greasy. Can repackage in a small balm jar. Could work in a ziploc. That could be bad if it leaked though. Not as bad as regular sunscreen. I just keep it in the tube it comes in. About an oz. As a consumable it does get lighter every trip.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Lightest Sunblock container? SEEMS crazy, but it all adds up, right?? on 06/11/2013 20:33:37 MDT Print View

I use a black film canister.