Keeping things organized is important. You don’t need to spend extra time looking for something when a need for that item arises. If you use a rotation system for your gear items, you can usually manage to keep things organized and ready for use when needed.
Sooner or later, you will reach a stage in your preparations where you will have extra items on hand. These extras can be used to replace those items which have been depleted by use, may have broken or simply been misplaced or that merely needs to be upgraded to a better quality of gear item. This is where simple storage containers can come in handy. Using small storage containers to keep track of your extras makes rotation a lot easier and allows the transport of important extras if necessary.
The manner in which you designate how your additional items are stored is more a matter of personal preference than anything else. The important thing is for the system you decide on to be easy to use and maintain. As an example, let’s consider the need for additional medical and first aid supplies. First aid supplies will get used up in everyday situations as well as emergencies. Having a separate and designated supply for re-stocking your first aid kits will make proper rotation a lot simpler and easier to maintain. You can also re-stock your extra storage items when specials or other similar deals become available.
Keep the containers small. This makes them a lot easier to transport and also helps to avoid building up excessive stocks of supplies that may not be entirely necessary or that could go bad before they are actually needed.
You may also want to have separate containers for specific items such as cordage, batteries, knives or other miscellaneous gear. Use whatever works best in your own situation. Just remember to keep it organized and it will be a lot easier to find those extra items when needed.
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