Gone Outdoors

How to Make a Bean Bag Hot Pack

by Keith Dooley

Heat is used to relax tense muscles and soothe aches and pains in muscles throughout the body. Various commercially produced heat packs, pads and devices can be purchased. If making a heat pack preferred for reasons such as saving money, beans are used to create a hot pack that works on the same principle as commercially produced packs.

Open the top of a clean athletic tube sock.

Pour one cup of beans into the tube sock. Use kidney beans, for example, and shake the beans down to the toe of the sock.

Tie a knot in the sock above the beans. Leave enough room between the knot and the beans for the bean bag pack to lie flat. Cut excess from the sock above the knot with scissors.

Place paper towel in a microwave and put the bean bag pack on the towel. Microwave on high for one minute. Remove the pack and allow it to cool.

Heat the bean bag pack again on high for one minute to remove any remaining moisture from the beans.

Items you will need
  • Athletic tube sock
  • Beans
  • Measuring cup
  • Scissors
  • Microwave
  • Paper towel

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