Storing some things can be tricky and can actually damage them if not done properly. It is important to take care of your things in the best way possible if you want them to last and if you want to keep them for a long time. There are some things that should not be stored and others that can be stored easily. The following are some common storage questions and answers:
• How Do I Store Photos? This is probably one of the most common of all the questions about storage. People have been taking pictures for over a century and many times they are rendered useless because of improper storage techniques. The first thing you need to keep in mind is that these are very temperature and moisture sensitive. Keep them in a cool dry place and if possible, transfer them to a CD or DVD just in case the worst happens. You may not have the originals, but at least you have a protected copy.
• What Foods Can I Store Long Term? It is vital that everyone everywhere has an emergency preparedness kit. This means storing foods for long periods of time without cooking it. So what foods can be stored long term that can be saved for the times when emergencies arise? Foods that have been dried or dehydrated are the best choices. This includes beans, rice, and fruits that have been dehydrated. If you want to add some protein to your diet then you can also include meats that have been dehydrated as well suck as pemmican and jerky. All of the above can be reconstituted using water so make sure to have plenty water on hand as well.
• How do I Store Batteries? If you have an emergency kit then you know that you need to have plenty of batteries on hand. It is important to store these properly to get the most life out of them. There is a misnomer that storing batteries in the freezer is a good option and this is just not true. There is too much moisture for the batteries to retain their charge. The best place to store the batteries in is a cool, dry and dark place where there is no moisture or direct sunlight. If you have an emergency kit, they are safe enough in there with all your other items.
The best aspect to storing items is that you do not have to spend a great deal of money in order to get the containers to store them in. When you buy tubs of butter or cottage cheese, save the containers for your beans and rice. These are airtight and offer inexpensive storage solutions. Zip lock baggies are a great way to keep photos and batteries dry and help to keep them organized as well.