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Thursday, June 2, 2011

DIY First Aid Kit - Protecting and Organizing Your Kit

Original Article

Having your own home-made first aid kit allows you to include a lot of additional items for use in an emergency. This is an most important aspect of making your own first aid kit. To make it even more useful, you can take a few additional steps to make it even better in case you have an emergency.

In most emergencies, time is of the essence and anything you can do to save a little time will be extremely important. One of the best ways to save time is to keep your first aid kit organized. While using a coupon organizer  is great for the flat items such as bandages and splints, there are numerous other items that need to be protected and organized as well.

One of the most effective and efficient means of organizing and protecting those other needed items can be achieved quite simply. By using a small water-proof tackle box, you can get your first aid items organized and also give them additional protection. The compartments are ideal for storing cream medications in tubes, eye wash, etc. It will also protect your other first aid items should  a tube of cream or a small bottle of liquid develop a leak. In addition, if it gets dropped in the water or exposed to a heavy rain it will not ruin your day. They will even float!

Another plus for using the water-proof tackle boxes is that you can organize everything where it is readily and easily accessible in an emergency. This will save you time in an emergency.

Got organized protection for your DIY first aid kit?

Staying above the water line!


Audio Podcast: Episode 103 - Repacking for Food Storage, Part 3

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Original Article

This is the third installment of the mini-series about repacking food for your long-term food storage program.

I started this project looking for a way to repack food for long-term storage that was better than using the typical Mylar in bucket. I was looking for something that offered more flexibility and was more space efficient in storage. After trying several different methods, I determined that, while it wasn't perfect, the Mylar in bucket method of storing was superior in some very important aspects.

If you're storing for only a short period of time, other methods would probably work just as good, but when working with a large amount of food, for the amount of work needed to actually get the food to a point where it will be stable in long-term storage, storing in large buckets is the better option. Even with the sometimes hit-or-miss nature of sealing the Mylar bags, I still find it a better option.