Quick Tip: Test strip containers for storage

Diabetes, more specifically Type II diabetes,  is on the rise in the United States.

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Be it because of diet, higher rates of obesity, lack of an active lifestyle or a combination of factors, more adults and children are having to treat their diabetes.

What does this all mean for any outdoors person? Empty glucose test strip containers are readily available for a wide variety of uses.

A very narrow silver lining, but a silver lining that is useful.

These empty containers essentially replace the 35 mm film containers that were once popular (and can still be found in bulk). But the glucose test strip containers are more weatherproof, close more securely and more readily available in some ways than the old 35mm film containers.

I found out about this tip from a friend of whose someone developed Type I diabetes as an adult.  Though diabetes ran in her family, an active lifestyle and a sensible diet throughout most of her life apparently kept the disease at bay well in adulthood.

In any case, she is also an active geocacher and apparently these glucose test strip containers work really well for small geocaches. 

For campers or backpackers, these containers can hold matches, a small sewing kit, fish hooks, condiments such as salt and pepper…and the myriad other items the old 35mm containers were used for when spending time outside. But, these glucose test strip containers are better for the reasons noted above.

Where to get?

  • For better or worse, you may have a friend or family member who needs these test strips. They probably have some containers available.
  • Sometimes local pharmacies will sell the unused and empty containers.
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8 years ago

Another type of “tube” that works well is the long travel toothbrush containers. I stuff it full of dryer lint and insert a fire striker nside of it to start my fires

1 year ago

As a Type 1 diabetic, I can see you know little about the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. I would recommend doing a bit of research and editing your post. “Lifestyle” has nothing to do with developing type 1.

Last edited 1 year ago by Bryce