After seeing videos on YouTube and having my own experience with dying military surplus thought I’d make a video about it. Hope this helps others. -13
This Preparedness – Prepper – Hiker Vacuum Sealer Tip may get you arrested. Sensational title but true. Those of us who take multiple pills whether they’re prescription medications or supplements often use those multi-dose/day pill containers. Doing so could get you arrested, maybe prosecuted. Prescription medications are supposed to remain in their original container according to the law as I understand it.
There are all sorts of possibilities which is why the only advise I ever give anyone is, seek the advise of legal counsel and medical professionals before you do whatever it is you’re up to.
I made these pill packs originally for backpacking/hiking trips and as a way to carry a small amount of vital medications on my person at all times. Ever miss your ibuprofen, antihistamine or whatever because you didn’t have it with you? Yeah me too but no longer. Plus it helps save money buying in bulk and having to not throw out medications stored improperly.
I make up a new pack/s every time I have to open bulk meds. Usually fill one or two of the individual pouches and then put the rest in a larger pouch for long-term storage. I always include the name of the drug/supplement, type/concentration, lot number and expiration date. I never separate this information from anything I place in these pouches until I’d consumed the contents. It’s very important to keep them together.
Things I find helpful to have on hand, a red sharpie makes it easier for me to see the marks so I can line them up with the heat sealer portion of the vacuum sealer. A funnel helps with precise placement of the pills. I have a short extension of soft plastic tubing but couldn’t find it for the video. It’s good for reaching to the deepest part of the pouch when trying to get pills that want to grab the pouch material instead of slide.
To make the pill packs I use an 11″ vacuum sealer roll like the rolls in this link. 2 Pack – SimpleHouseware 11″ x 50′ Commercial Vacuum Sealer Rolls Food Storage Saver Compatible to Foodsaver Sous Vide (total 100 feet) To make the template I used microsoft publisher then converted it into a downloadable PDF file located here. PILL PACK DIVIDER INDIVIDUAL DOSE TEMPLATE When looking at the template the top and bottom two boxes are larger than the center boxes. They’re larger to account for the various size factory sealed edges.
I laminated my second printing for durability because the first one was getting beat up from use, and also added a grommet to hang up or bind with other similar items.
Expired meds shown in the video are kept past their expiration date if preserved correctly following the DoD Shelf Life Extension Program. I would include a link but the government has removed them. Not sure how you’ll get that info now I don’t have anything to share at the time of this posting. Research it maybe you’ll find something.
Everything else I think, is in the video. Check it out. -13
Another video about how to make your vacuum sealer packaging easier to open.
This goofy video was totally inspired by the Jingle track playing with the video. When I was making a longer version of a video with the same topic I was searching through iMovie’s sound library for a little intro sound. As I was listening to the tune this video idea popped into my head. I thought it would be cool to try to communicate similar information in the 36 seconds it takes the tune to play without a voice speaking over the track.
I went back to my improvised shop set up in the living room and recorded this in about 15 minutes and spent about an hour editing. It’s kind of silly and dumb and totally low-budget but I actually like it and it was fun from beginning to end to make. Have fun hope you enjoy it. -13
Several years ago I packaged an emergency kit in vacuum sealer packaging. Tested it, and was completely shocked to discover how tough the packaging is and how difficult it can be to open without using some other instrument or object. Attempting to open one of them by hand-only proved impossible to do without assistance. It also made me realize how important and useful the tear-notch on freeze dried meals made for backpacking could be.
An individual, with an injured hand and/or dentures/front dental work would be at risk for not being able to open the package without assistance from an object or the tear-notch. With a tear-notch it may be possible place part of the package underfoot and tear with the uninjured hand. I know this for sure, I cannot do it without the tear-notch.
The first experiments with nothing more than a simple straight cut with the scissors worked fairly well. I noticed though when I decided to cut a “V” shape into the margin on the packaging that it was easier to open and the tear didn’t seen to veer off like the single cut did. Sometimes when I was testing the single cut way the tear would not always follow into and open the package, it would follow the margin and made it just as difficult to open.
I like the V cut over the single cut because it is more visible and easier to use. There are a few things I don’t like about the V cut. First it takes two cuts to make, that is a lot of cutting when making multiple packages and more than one tear-notch for each package. The cut must be more accurate to ensure that the two cuts meet at the V point, if they don’t it may create another more difficult package to open. It works great but it’s much more time consuming and requires a certain degree of accuracy unlike the single cut.
Not happy with either of those things I searched for another more efficient way to make those notches. I was trying to think of what to search for online when I remembered something I had seen in a sewing supply catalog I had but couldn’t remember what it was. Lucky me I had kept the catalog and found it. The item is a pattern notcher.
A, Style-45N, 1/16″ x 1/4″ Pattern Notcher. Turns out it works perfectly for this purpose. It cuts the perfect notch for getting the package open plus all one needs to do is put the margin edge of the packaging into the notcher until it stops then close the notcher with your hand and done! Wow what a really fantastic solution! I can quickly and accurately place the notch and make the cut in seconds then move onto the next pressing homesteading project.
I made a short video about my experience and demonstrate the way that “Works for me”. Hope you find this information useful. -13
“Improvised, Field Expedient, Emergency, Metered Dose Inhaler, Asthma, Spacer-Chamber”. My goodness what a title!
Finally made a video on the MDI-spacer I made from parts I had on hand. Every single item used in the making of the kit was already in the homestead inventory. When I set out to make it I was surprised that I had everything I needed. It took me I think most of a day to collect all the items then think it through to come up with the kit in the video.
I’ve been wanting to make a product review video on the Dyna Med Mega-Medic Bag Model: BG169 for a long time. I’ve seen several videos on the bag but they never show the features or dimensions. The most important parts. They usually just show the items they keep in them and never expose the interiors very well. Hopefully this video will address those issues and help others decide whether this bag will suit their needs.
I first noticed this bag in the Dyna Med catalog I used to get back in the mid 80’s and have been using this model ever since then. There have been replacements due to zipper failures. That doesn’t bother me much because most of the zipper problems were actually human ones. It’s a bag design I really like a lot. It functions well and can be customized and configured for any of your needs. It can be used as a trauma/bandage bag, splint bag, helmet bag, airway/aspiration management bag, etc.
I can’t think of any project notes. So I’ve either forgot something or I actually got it all in the video. Not so sure about that part. Let see what happens. -13
If anyone is thinking of getting one of these surplus otoscope/ophthalmoscope kits check out my video maybe it will assist you in your decision making. They are fine quality German made. Glad I got them when I did. I have three total. Two in use in kits and one that is for parts. Purchased on eBay for $35.00 each plus shipping. The one I bought for parts was only $13.00 including shipping on eBay. If you plan on using this as a primary tool then I’d suggest getting two good working ones because it may be the only place to get spare parts.
I hope I’ve covered the most important information in the video. A note on the ear specula not mentioned in the video is I also tried the “Uni” version from Riester and it was slightly to large. The metal sleeve was much to tight to use in my otoscope head. So much so that after I tried to put it in it became stuck and pulled the sleeve out of the speclua leaving it in the head itself. I had to use pliers to get it out. Really surprised and disappointed to find the specula so difficult to source. The other important thing I do not know yet is if any other brand head will fit the battery handle. If I ever do get a chance to test other heads on my handle I’ll do it and update this page with the info.
It’s nice to have the peace of mind that goes along with being prepared. Now we can see what and when we need to. -13