To get the best out of your instant heat packs, here are five of our top tips for using them…
1. Fold the pack before it sets hard, for easy boiling.
Especially for the larger packs, it’s wise to fold them while still soft, when you’ve finished using them. This makes them so much easier to pop in a pot and boil. If they are left spread out and set hard, you’ll need a very large pot to reset them in. A quick fold of the Back and Body pack in half, or two folds with the Neck and Shoulder pack (one side folded over on top of the middle section, and the other side folded under the middle section). This makes them compact and super easy to reset.
2. Store one in the fridge so it’s ready to use cold.
You’ll be surprised at how well the packs chill in the fridge! They really absorb the coolness and stay cold for quite a while. We’ve found from our own experience that often it’s more comfortable to have these cold packs from the fridge, than something from the freezer, where the cold can be too intense. Make sure the pack is in its liquid form when in the fridge, and if it’s stored in there it’s ready to use whenever you need.
3. Use a boiling bag for resetting your instant packs.
While using a tea towel or calico bag is ok for resetting your packs, our boiling bags are designed especially for this purpose. They are very light weight and the water drains out really easily when you lift them out of the pot with the drawstring. This means they are much more practical to use and safer. Dealing with hot, heavy, soaked tea towels and tongs to get the pack out, can be tricky. For $8 it’s a great investment for the most practical use of your instant packs.
4. Get into the habit of resetting the instant packs soon after use.
How often do we say, ‘I’ll do that later’ and don’t get to it? Then when we go to use something next time it’s not ready to go. Don’t let this ‘something’ be your instant heat packs! It’s a good idea to get into the habit of resetting your instant packs soon after using them. This means whenever you need them next, they are ready to go. It’s also better for the packs if they are stored in their liquid form.
5. Use your Sports and Joints, and Back and Body packs with a belt.
Our lightweight bio ceramic belts have been custom designed to fit two of our popular packs. Not only do the belts hold the packs in place around ankles, elbows, backs, tummy’s and more… they keep the packs warm (or cold) for longer. They also play a role in helping to distribute the heat through the ceramic nodules on the inside of the belt. We’ve had a great amount of feedback from people about the comfort and practicality of using the belts, and the value of them holding the pack in place for you.