When I stepped outside Sunday morning to meet my friend, Shane Simpson, for a public-land pheasant hunt, it was a balmy 4 degrees. That’s not counting wind-chill. Amidst my usual unprepared scramble, I grabbed a pair of mismatched gloves—one of which had a hole in its trigger finger.
In the parking lot of the Wildlife Management Area, Shane offered me a HotHands air-activated hand warmer. I took him up on his offer and he removed one of the small pouches from a plastic Ziploc bag. I put the hand warmer in my left pocket and it was still warm when we returned to the truck 3 hours later.
We never saw any pheasants, but the fresh air was nice and I did walk away with something: a great tip from Shane. It’s really a no-brainer, but it’s a trick I’ve never considered. He stores his HotHands in a Ziploc because the bag cuts off air flow, thereby “deactivating” the little buggers for re-use. In fact, the HotHands he graciously loaned me had been used the previous weekend, and as I mentioned, they were still pushing out some legit heat.
Sure, HotHands are dirt cheap, but like Shane, I live by the motto of “waste not, want not.”