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George goes bush with his survival kit

The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management recommends having at least 3 day’s worth of supplies if you’re stuck at home in the event of an emergency. It also recommends having a grab kit in case you need to evacuate in a hurry. We decided to combine both and see if you could make an affordable kit that could see you through 3 days when disaster strikes.

Our writer George Block ventured into the bush of Matiu/Somes Island to see if it could get him through 3 days. These are the videos he sent back.


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Day 1

What’s in the kit?

Day 2

Favourite and least favourite items so far

Day 3

Was the kit successful?

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We've tested pre-made emergency survival kits and found most either lack key items, contain gear of poor quality or aren't good value. There are just 2 we think are worth considering.

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