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Ideas for making and packing a hot climate survival kit including water bottle, sunscreen, cooling towel, sunglasses and Tom's of Maine men's deodorant.

Do you live in a hot climate? Boy, we do! We run around in flip flops most of the year, fill up water bottles with too many ice cubes and then find ourselves freezing when the thermometer dips around 60 degrees. “Hot” is an understatement when you live in the southwest.

And with the temps being so toasty, eating, drinking and using light and natural products on our bodies helps my family “survive” this hot climate we call home. (Smelling fresh is also a must when the red rises in the thermometer!)

There is a standard checklist of hot weather products one must have with them when the weather heats up. Instead of walking out the door juggling all sorts of miscellaneous items in your hands, keep them together and organized with a DIY vinyl fabric easy-to-sew drawstring bag. It’s a great way to toss in a water bottle, tube of sunscreen or even a stick of Tom’s of Maine® Men’s Long Lasting Wide Stick Deodorant in Mountain Spring.

Come “survive” the hot weather with me…

How To Make a Hot Climate Survival Drawstring Tote

Let’s just say there’s nothing more challenging to a relationship than a stinky guy! So when I introduced my husband to Tom’s of Maine® Men’s Long Lasting Wide Stick Deodorant in Mountain Spring, we were both eager to make the switch.

For me, I’m all about saving the planet for our kids. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve “rescued” recyclable items from our kitchen trash can. Whereas my husband just wants to smell fresh, and feel fresh, all summer long. So we both can feel like we’re doing our part – one for the planet and the other for the marriage – with deodorant sourced from 100% natural products from a company that gives 10% of its profits back to the environment.

And what’s better for Mother Earth than a reusable tote bag?


– Vinyl fabric (or any fabric scraps you may have on hand)
– Sewing scissors + straight pins
– Sewing machine
– String/Ribbon
– Drawstring slide lock
– Safety pin
– Optional: Pinking sheersStep by step tutorial for sewing a DIY drawstring pouch for cosmetics, travel, small toy storage.

easy sew drawstring tote for travel, cosmetics or toys

I know enough about sewing to get myself into some trouble! So if I can sew a drawstring tote, you can too.

Start by cutting two squares of fabric. I cut two 12 x 12″ pieces.

#1: Lay the fabric on top of each other, right sides together. Pin three sides. On one side, you will sew the whole length of the fabric. On the other side, you will leave approx. 1″ stitch-free at top of the fabric.

#2: On the fourth side, fold down a 1″ hem. (Optional: You will notice I cut all four sides with pinking shears to avoid fabric fraying.)

#3: Sew the hem. You will have two ends of the fabric open; this is where the ribbon will go.
#4: Insert a safety pin through one end of the ribbon. Use the safety pin as your guide to run the ribbon through the drawstring tote.
DIY tutorial for how to sew a drawstring pouch from fabric scraps to store toys, cosmetics or for travel.
Insert the ends of the ribbon through the drawstring slide lock and pull to close. Make a small knot at the end of the ribbon or string.
Insert drawstring slide lock through ribbon to make a DIY easy sew drawstring pouch from fabric scraps. Perfect for toys, cosmetics and travel.

Great for small item storage, like toys!
Small item storage like toys and cosmetics with DIY easy sew drawstring fabric bag.

DIY drawstring bag hot weather survival kit

When you live in a hot climate, you’ve got to be prepared.

Ideas for a Hot Climate “Survival” Bag:

– Reusable water bottle
– Sunscreen
– Sunglasses
– Cooling Towel
– SPF lip gloss
– Fruit
– Tom’s of Maine® Deodorant

Ideas for creating a hot climate survival kit for car, travel or the gym.
Toss this drawstring tote into your car, purse or gym bag.
Survive the hot summer with DIY hot climate reusable drawstring tote bag to pack your water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses and deodorant.

We have only one body and one planet Earth. It’s all too precious to not treat with the best care.

And that’s why I picked up a stick of Tom’s of Maine® Men’s Long Lasting Wide Stick Deodorant in Mountain Spring – at my favorite store Target – to help my reluctant husband make the eco-conscious switch!

Switch to 100% sourced with natural products Toms of Maine deodorant to stick in a DIY reusable drawstring tote bag.

Pick up Tom’s of Maine deodorant at Target today!

I found Tom’s of Maine Men’s Long Lasting Wide Stick Deodorant in the men’s beauty section at my local Target store. This 24-hour odor protection comes in both Mountain Spring and Deep Forest scents.

Buy Tom's of Maine men's deodorant at Target with Cartwheel app offer.

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