Diabetes, more specifically Type II diabetes, is on the rise in the United States.
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 weather proof, 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 a past partner 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 disease at bay well in adulthood.
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.
- Places such as eBay will sell the containers in bulk. I doubt most people need 30. But, they can always be shared among fellow outdoors people.