We were able to construct a kit of decent quality for $150, significantly less than many of the commercial kits. It’s likely you can build a comparable kit for even less than this, as many of us already have spare backpacks, torches, radios and drink bottles.
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Our kit contains*:
*Items available and prices correct as of 18 October 2018.
But remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Think about where you’re most likely to be when disaster strikes, and build your kit accordingly. If you work a short walk from home, chances are you won’t need a kit as comprehensive as this. But if you commute for an hour each day from an outlying suburb you’ll need enough supplies for a long walk home, including sturdy shoes, water and snacks for energy.
The most important part of emergency preparedness is making a plan for you and your family that covers the following:
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.