Time flies and sometimes it's hard to capture it. A time capsule is a great way to share something meaningful with future generations or just with your future self.
Relive an adventure. Reminisce and remember the experience.
Your Mission: Remarkable in February is to create a time capsule. Pick an adventure you've recently experienced that you want to remember or plan an adventure with the thought of collecting items for your time capsule.
We think that burying your time capsule may not be the best idea. So the following tips are for preserving items in the home such as living areas or closets—to be rediscovered at a later date.
1Determine a retrieval date - Will retrieval be in one week? One year? Ten years? Or longer?
2Secure the contents - Include items that help you remember the adventure. Choose ones that are compact and non-perishable. Make an inventory of the contents by writing them down and taking a photo of each item as well as the list. This will help your intended recipients know if everything is in place and what the items originally looked like.
3Choose your audience - Write a letter detailing your adventure to your intended audience, whether to yourself or loved one(s), and mention the items you've chosen for the time capsule and their significance. Don't forget to include the date you wrote the letter. Take a photo of the letter or save it as a PDF file.
4Create a media storage - Save the photos you took from step 2 in a thumb drive or CD. Also include a copy of your letter from step 3.
5Select a container - Pick one that has enough space for your chosen items and one with a cool, dark, and dry interior. For indoor storage, a simple everyday container will do such as a shoebox or a coffee container.
6Create a label - Create a label to include a title for your adventure time capsule, the current date, the date you want it to be opened, and who it's for. Save it with your backup files from step 4. Print a copy and affix it to your container.
7Prepare the time capsule - Place the items from step 2 and your letter in the container. Take a photo with the container open. Take another photo of the container with the container closed and the label shown.
8Select a storage location - It can be under your bed, in your closet, or another part of your home that is a living area, away from extreme temperatures and humidity. Place the container in the intended location and take a photo of it there.
9Create a media backup for yourself - Save the three photos you took of the container from steps 7 and 8 in your media storage from step 4. Copy all the files of your media storage into a folder in another thumb drive, CD, or your computer. Label it as a backup copy of your original. Include the location of the time capsule and the date for it to be opened in a "readme" text file.
10Remind yourself - Place the original media storage in the time capsule and seal the container. Place your media backup someplace near your computer. Set a reminder for yourself at a certain date, either by a scheduled email or a calendar event notification.
If you feel that you must bury your time capsule in the ground, you must take extra precautions for materials to last more than a few years. The following manufacturers and distributors make and sell aluminum or stainless steel capsule housing and provide additional instructions for proper preservation:
230 Sheffield Street
Mountainside, NJ 07092
Future Packaging & Preservation
544 E. Edna Place
Covina, CA 91723
Heritage Time Capsules
5373 Transit Road
Williamsville, NY 14221
University Products Inc.
P.O. Box 101, 517 Main Street
Holyoke, MA 01041
Here's to your adventures!
P.S. What are you including in your time capsule? Let us know in the comments below!
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