|Item Weight||5.4 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||20 x 12 x 12 inches|
|Item model number||70280|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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Ready America 70280 Emergency Kit, 2-Person, 3-Day Backpack
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For ~$40, you get a good starter kit, though:
Emergency food bars
VERY basic first aid kit
My problems are as follows:
The backpack was falling apart from the get-go.
The first aid kit was too basic to be very useful (it's the kind that you might toss in your back pocket for daily carry).
The emergency blankets are pretty standard and cheap to buy.
The 12-hour light sticks are easily and cheaply upgraded to the 200hr LED glow sticks for $5 per 3-pack at Home Depot.
Dust masks can be had at the dollar store.
Gloves are really cheap (the ones that came in my kit were replaced immediately as they were just too cheap to rely on).
The whistle is just a whistle.
Ponchos are pretty standard and cheap to buy.
Tissue could be replaced with a ziplock bag of tissues and be just as effective.
If you're looking to build a cheap emergency kit, look at the individual contents of this and decide what you need. If I were ever to rely on this, I would be a bit afraid.Read more ›
So a bug-out bag is a good idea.
But this one is a bit light on content and I think you could do better.
What it has:
Emergency food bars
First aid kit
And a not very sturdy backpack.
Here's what I suggest:
Take a big backpack you have already bought (one the kids think is gross, or you have as a spare, or go find one at Goodwill or buy one new, a good one.)
Buy energy bars you like, because there's nothing like eating a horrible one.
Add the water, ponchos (you can find ones that button up into a palm-sized bundle), roll up hat, stocking cap, mittens, emergency crank radio, some batteries, hotel toiletries like soap bars, disposable toothbrush and small tube of paste, basic first aid kit in a box (drugstores have these) a flashlight, a disposable camera (! yes, your cell phone might be out of power), a deck of cards, space blankets, matches in a waterproof box, or a fire striker, possibly 2 blow up travel pillows (you might be sleeping sitting up!) extra underwear and a tee shirt, socks, a pair of sneakers (you might be in sandals or in the wrong shoes), some sugar candy, some cash, some packs of instant drinks WITH sugar (can be made up or eaten), an air horn, some MACE. (attack dogs?) and an all purpose knife or Leatherman tool. If dust is an issue (earthquake, other destruction) add that mask.
And go read Build your Bug Out Bag for better suggestions, and don't forget the dog. If he's as big as mine, he needs his own pack to wear.
I used this as a start, then created my own bag (we have five in our family). I would feel very safe with just the contents that came in the bag though. The things I added were just "extras" that were important to me.
If you don't have a 72 hour kit - go ahead and purchase this one. It will get you at least moderately prepared and you can build from there. The bag is small, so it will easily fit in almost any trunk and I "think" would probably even fit in a motorcycle carrier. So, just like jumper cables should be in every trunk, this would be an easy way to be a little more safe. The food products and water are good for five years, so you don't have to think about it and rotate things out every six months as you would with something like bottled water.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great size, fits in small area, has everything needed incase of emergency.Published 1 day ago by SJCZ
It will do as an emergency kit, but as the other reviews state, it is lacking in quality and quantity of items. Will definitely have to tweak it.Published 5 days ago by lefar
It's a great piece of mind! I bought two one for me one for my girlfriend. That will give us six days. I hope I never have to use it... LOLPublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
The first aid kit is very small and in a real emergency it would not be useful.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
The bag was smaller than expected and had zero room for other items. It might be good for a in-car situation but not practicle as a primary emergency kit.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer