Hello Ability Powered Gamers! Disability confession: I have to drink using a straw. For those of you who need straws also, you’ll understand fully the perils I am about to discuss. Everyone else sit back and listen to a tale… A tale of untimely demise!
If you need straws, they are something you’d never leave home without. You run to town, get thirsty, see a Coke machine (I’m from Tennessee, everything here is referred to as a Coke), and drop your money into it. The machine just gave you cold refreshing drink… But no straw.
Now say you can’t lift this drink, you have two choices… You can either wait until you get home to put a straw in it, which if you’re thirsty defeats the point in buying it, or ask someone to tilt your head back and slowly pour some into your mouth. If you choose the latter, be very careful or it could turn into soda water boarding in the blink of an eye! Coincidentally that is precisely why I now never leave home without my straws.
The water boarding however is not the untimely demise I spoke of earlier. That comes to our poor friends the straws once they start traveling. Guys, meet the wheelchair backpack… A.K.A straw graveyard.
At first I started buying straws in an plastic bag. At the time I was in school. The bag would go into a backpack nice and neat, my textbooks would go into and out of my backpack all day, and before I knew it the poor package of straws would come out looking like this:
The top would be completely ripped across, straws would be bent and mangled… It was pretty terrifying! So I thought “Hey! I bet a box would be a lot more sturdy!” So I switched to buying the boxes of straws instead. Again what came out was pretty horrifying.
That’s right friends, the poor box met its untimely demise also. It was squished! Not only that but the top and bottom were busted open.
I’m out of school now and the days of textbooks are long gone but the backpack has never been kind to our hero the straw. Boxes to this day still meet uncertain death anytime they enter the backpack. Later, you clean out the backup and always get this pile of remains. *plays Taps*
One day I was mourning the loss of another handful of mangled straws when I decided the backpack would no longer be the bane up of our friend the straw. I needed a way to protect them not only in my backpack but in my purse. Something that was small enough to be convenient but big enough to last all day. And then it hit me! The solution is in the travel section of your local Wal-Mart or Target store! So friends, are you ready to save a small fortune by protecting your straws? I thought so.
Here’s what you do. Go to your local department store, Wal-Mart or Target or any store that has a section for travel supplies. Ignore all those little bottles of soap and lotion that are so cute you think really need to buy one and focus on the end of the aisle with the plastic bottles and boxes. Now there should be this nifty little tube.
Now I know what you’re thinking, but this is not a toothbrush holder for your upcoming vacation. This, my friends, is the solution to all the straw problems we talked about! That’s right, protection for your straws.
These toothbrush holders come in a variety of colors. They slide open easily yet are secure enough that I have never had one come open in my bag on its own. Now straws come in different sizes so I make no promises on exactly how many your straw holder will hold but if you use the average gauge straws such as the Brands shown in these pictures you should be able to fill up the tube with around 10 straws. Depending on how thirsty you are and how long your day is, this should be enough to last you all day. The best part of all is your straws will not be mashed and mangled in the bottom of your backpack.
So now you guys know the secret. Be a responsible straw owner and protect them from the dark depths of a your wheelchair backpacks or purses. Putting your straws in a toothbrush holder saves them from being mashed, mangled or meeting their untimely demises! But don’t take my word for it, get you a toothbrush holder to day and let me know how it works for you!