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2023 Preparedness - Wednesday Wisdom: Week 33

August 16th It’s the beginning of a new school year and even for those of us without school-age children often it is the beginning of a new commitment to change or improve. This is a great time to stock up on school supplies for kits and gift-giving. They will be the cheapest right now. Consider just a few:

Backpacks: Backpacks can be used for Five Day Kits, Auto kits, Workplace kits, diaper bags, computer bags, and in place or purses allowing more items to be carried on to flights, storage for Legos and other small toys (gift the backpack with a few Lego inspired base plates or Hot Wheels from the Dollar store), organize craft supplies, and so much more.

Binders: Organize seed packets and gardening notes, organize appliance manuals, keep important papers, receipts for tax filing, an idea book (keep magazine pictures, paint swatches), recipes, school photos, school artwork, and of course an emergency binder. Purchase binders now and purchase or accumulate preparedness information for yourself and to gift.

Colored pencils. Great stocking stuffers and perfect for distraction in a kit or to keep in the car for trips. Colored pencils will not melt like crayons.

Clothing and shoes. Purchase now for gift-giving at Christmas.

Water bottles. Place in kits to fill as water is available.

Look carefully at back-to-school items and think of gifts and stocking stuffers.

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