There are literally dozens of items you can include in your straw survival kit, anything from pain killers and sunscreen to liquid soap and lighter fluid.
Step 1: The straws used in this kit were half-inch wide and eight inches long. The colors were unavoidable but could be used to an advantage by grouping like things together via the color of the straw.
Step 2: Depending on the size of the container you plan to carry them in, cut the straws to length. In this case, our were almost five inches in length.
Step 3: Start by sealing one end. Use a pair of small pliers and crimp one end. The tea candle is enough to melt together the end of the plastic straw. You can test the tightness of the seal by blowing into the straw.
Step 4: To be able to properly identify each item, print out labels and affix them to the straws.
Step 5: Simple descriptions will suffice, unless the item has an expiration date, then make note of that as well so you’ll know when to use it by or replace it in your kit.
Step 6: With all the ends sealed and the labels attached, verify that they will fit in the box or pouch that they’ll be stored in. Leave enough room in the box to increase your list of items (if you feel you need more).
Step 7: Filling the straws with simple items, such as matches, cotton swabs, and medicine (or water purifying tabs) is easy.
Step 8: However, things like sugar, aloe gel, sunscreen, and soap requires a little more care. A small funnel made from a scrap of paper does the trick.
Step 9: After sealing the other end (be careful regarding the flammable items), keep them stored in your container of choice. In this case, we used a small box. And don’t forget a pair of scissors or a knife to open the straws with.
Step 10: It is optional to label the exterior of the box, but you may wish to keep the contents of the box clandestine to discourage any poachers.
On the market today are dozens of ornate and expensive diminutive survival kits designed to handle a variety of situations. They are perfect if you ever find yourself in those particular situations. But what if you never find yourself in the position to need a compass or the miniature signaling mirror? However, you could use some bug spray in the spring or saline solution for day-old contacts? The off-the-shelf survival kits can offer no reprise for your problem, so consider mini straw kits.
Carrying around even a small sampling of these useful products can be an unwieldy endeavor. Some things you might think you need in a pinch don’t come in small packages—mouth wash, for one, and soap. Collecting together a group of products into one useful kit will provide you with the confidence to handle ordinary situations without that overwhelming feeling of being “too prepared,” laden down with more gear than you’ll ever need.
The solution to the problem is to create a straw survival kit by utilizing larger drinking straws as small. These are easily sealable containers and are ample enough to store a surprising large amount of each item.
The straws here are each half-inch wide, eight inches long, and come in a variety of colors. Each one can be cut down to an appropriate size depending on your storage container. A small pencil pouch, a cardboard box, and a waterproof case are great ideas to keep the straws organized. For further organization, each color can be used for a different group. For example, red for fire-related gear, blue for water, green for food, and pink for personal items.
The best way to get started building your straw survival kit is to make a list of items you’ll likely use in your life. Include those things you often find yourself lacking but needing. For example, it could be things as simple as extra spices for meals out, sunblock for impromptu hike, and hand sanitizer for germ protection. Your kit could be for real emergencies, like packing in petroleum jelly-impregnated cotton balls for starting fires, gear to suture up wounds, and a small fishing kit to put a meal on the table in a tight spot.
Instead of making a kit with a variety of contents, merely make it all of one thing. Perhaps starting a fire is important, so make some redundant straws full of fire starting gear and related products. The same can be said for water purification, first aid, and most anything.
Whatever direction you intend to go, make sure your kit is personal for your needs. The gear you include can be stored for a long period of time or have notes on them when they need to be replaced. Certain kinds of medication has expiration dates, while others need to be kept in a certain environments.
The beauty about using plastic straws as storage devices is that they can be permanently sealed to keep out air, moisture, and contaminants. Sealing the ends of each straw is as simple as melting it together with a candle and crimping pliers. A note of caution when exposing some of the suggested elements to a heat sources. Lighter fluid, some bug sprays, and matches are flammable and may ignite. To help combat this, before you seal up those items, rinse the end with water to remove any residue.
Boxed and Ready
The labor to built your kit might take a few hours of cutting, sealing, and filling. When you are done, you’ll have a kit that is personal to your needs and easy to use when you need it. Boxing them together or even throwing a few in the glove box of your car or pack pockets is an easy way to keep them handy. Don’t forget to keep a pair of scissors in your kit.
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