|Item Weight||11.5 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||20 x 12 x 12 inches|
|Item model number||KEX2|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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- Gear designed to help keep you protected in the event of an emergenc
- Food and water has a 5 year shelf life, U.S. Coast Guard approved
- Designed for any type of emergency, including hurricanes and floods
- Be ready for any emergency at home or work
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Great all around emergency survival kit for home, work, car, etc. Kit includes: 1 - Backpack 4 - 2400 Calorie Food Bars 4 - Solar Blankets 24 - Pouches of Waters 4 - Dust Masks 4 - Ponchos 1 - Flashlight 2 - Alkaline "D" Batteries 1 - 2 Person Tent 1 - 50' Nylon Cord 1 - 12 Hr. Light Stick 1 - 57 Piece First Aid Kit 50 - Water Purification Tablets 1 - Utility Knife 1 - 5 N 1 Whistle 1 - AM/FM RADIO 1 - Camper's Stove 1 - Pair Leather Palm Gloves
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The backpack has "Survival Kit" on it in large yellow letters. This is dumb, you know what it is and you don't want people who don't have one of their own to know what it is. For now I've taped it over with black gorilla tape. I'm thinking about a better solution including making it look like a college student's bag. Imagine for some reason you are forced to walk home or to a designated shelter, and things happen to be causing people to be irrational, you do not want a big target on your back.
The 5-in-1 survival tool is complete crap because the compass for me was DoA (this is the -1 star). This is very dangerous for someone who needs it but didn't test it when they got it and on a regular basis. A good compass though costs more than this entire kit. I moved half the matches to the inside of this tool, just to be located elsewhere and a bit more water resistant. Don't forget you still need the striker on the box. I threw a bic lighter in the bag as well.
For some reason I got an entire extra box of no name band aids, I didn't see it in the product description. That's kind of nice, but I removed it. No one needs 30 standard band aids in a 3 day kit. Instead of the small n piece first aid kit I'd rather have quick clot and a compression bandage. The things that standard first aid kits do for you basically boils down to unnecessary comforts in the scope of a 3 day disaster bag, aside from covering some inconvenient cuts at best. Wear the gloves. It's a logical addition though (the small varied kit, not the significant box of one bandage type)
The water supply is 3 day and 4 person only in the sense that you have iodine based water purification tablets (50 quarts worth) and there are 4 plastic pouches with spouts that each contain 6 ~4 ounce water packets. After you remove and exhaust the packets the pouches can be used to gather water from a source and purify it. Otherwise ~26 ounces of water per person isn't impressive for 72 hours. If I was building this kit I would probably do the same though, at most I'd bump it up about 50%. Water is heavy.
The food supply is a bit thin at 800 calories per person per day by any standard. Yes I realize this is "survival" kit, but I still think 3600 cal bars would have been a nice touch.
My D batteries have a use by date 2 years shy of the food and water expiration.
The bag leaves little room for your own additions, which I imagine people will have some. I've added a full tang hunting knife, Gerber multi-tool, quikclot trauma kit, bic lighter, and 8oz hand sanitizer (many uses). I have other things in my vehicle so they don't need to be in the bag, wet ones, fire steel, compass, hand/feet warmers, small but powerful flashlight, q-tips, tissues, toilet paper, ibuprofen, antacid, boots, gloves, baseball hat, outerwear-warmth, and outerwear-rain (additional gear in winter season also). A few of these if not in vehicle where bag is used I would include in the bag itself; especially fire steel, good compass, and toilet paper/tissues.
On the average the quality of all items, as expected, is low. What do you expect though, put more stuff and better stuff in your BoB or house.
This is no substitute though for what you can inexpensively do at home, rather a nice addition or best on the road. Realistically bottled water is supposed to have an indefinite shelf life, you can easily keep gallons per person stored at home. In addition your house presumably has a couple weeks worth of food all about.
I expect the honey bucket kit to be more common in the house, this backpack kit seems more like a compact and practical mobile addition or at work in the locker/desk.
If you are truely looking for a grab-and-go bag away from home and do not plan to build real BoBs (outdoor survival of undetermined length, as opposed to 2-3 days) for up to four people that you will not augment too much then this seems to be a much better choice: http://www.amazon.com/Survival-Earthquake-Evacuation-Emergency-Preparedness/dp/B002H5Y9YY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1335747080&sr=8-3 are you really going to scoff at an extra $35 per person for making it well through a short disaster experience?
The earliest, simplest, and cheapest differences between the Mayday kit here and my BoB are a part of this other kit. e.g. mylar sleeping bags instead of mylar blankets, e.g. hand crank equipment.
I will update this if I experience any quality issues around the food or water in the future.
After much time spent researching similar kits, I opted for the Mayday 4-Person Deluxe Emergency Backpack Kit even though I'm only one-quarter that many people. Heh. The kit shipped extremly fast and I am rather pleased with the actual product. I have, though, made a few adjustments due to how I will be using the kit -- mainly as an "emergency car" backpack I can quickly grab before my out-of-town excursions.
Below is a list of most of the items included and my initial response to each. Mind you, I'm not an outdoors or wilderness survival "expert" by any means. Just your average person who drives an average car in not-so-average weather sometimes.
Backpack: Large. Sturdy. Should last quite a while. Much better quality than I expected.
Four 2,400-calorie energy bars with a U.S. Coast Guard-approved five-year shelf life: Like yellow-wrapped bricks. I'm sure they do the job, but I took most of them out and replaced them with Clif bars and jerky.
Four solar blankets: Have never used these before but am sure they'd work in a pinch.
Four three-packs of water: Nice addition, though I supposed I could always melt the snow.
Four dust masks: Useless for me.
Four rain ponchos: Not the best quality, but they are meant to be used once/twice and disposed of.
Flashlight: Very, very cheap. So were the "Code Red" batteries. Replaced with a more heavy-duty flashlight. I did purchase some emergency candles -- surprised none were included, actually.
12-hour light stick: Just one? Glow sticks are cheap. Will end up purchasing a few more along with some flares.
54-piece first aid kit: Merely an OK basic kit. If a bear mauls me, I'm out of luck, but I suspect most anybody would be, eh?
50 water purification tablets: A nice addition.
50 waterproof, strike anywhere matches: Nice! Will use them with the candles I purchased.
Utility knife: Cheap, but surely useful.
AM/FM radio with batteries: Extremely cheap and difficult to hear.
Camp stove: Not sure why this was included, as nothing to cook WITH is present. No pot/pan/utensils/can opener/canned food. Not at all useful for me, though I could purchase additional equpiment to make it useful.
Leather work gloves: Inexpensive but will do the job.