If you use a good tobacco, hand-rolled cigarettes are better tasting than pre-rolled, and
still about half the cost. Don't buy Bugler or Top unless you're desperately poor--you
won't like it. Drum and Zig-zag are good, and widely available. Tobacco shops carry
MacDonald's Export, a Canadian brand, and usually several others. The best, but a bit
more expensive, is Three Castles, grown in Virginia but processed in England.
The latter comes in a handy sized can, about 1.5" tall and about 4" in diameter.
It slips easily into a coat pocket, and holds 3.25 oz when full. Such a can is the basis
for my convenient rolling system shown below.
Rolling while driving, using a small hand-rolling machine, is not hard with a little
practice, but you don't want to have to worry about spilling your tobacco at a sudden
stop. Dropping your pack of papers can also be frustrating. My system solves those
The snap-on lid is secured with a hinge made from rubber inner-tube. When opened,
the lid won't slide away, and it acts as a stabilizer for the can, which already has a
low center of gravity, to avoid tipping over. The rubber is bolted to the side and the lid.
The bolt in the lid also secures a small spring clip inside the lid, which holds the packet
of papers. The rolling machine, of course, nestles in the tobacco when not in use.