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April 2022

Emergency grab bags

April 2022

Emergency Prepare

Personal survival backpack


Why is this free?

This report is free thanks to funding from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Toka Tū Ake EQC.

A good value starter kit (the cheapest in our test) of good quality with a very good torch. But the first aid kit isn't as good as others in our test, and it's missing a radio and a checklist of items to add. That's a real problem as people might think they're getting a complete kit and find themselves short in an emergency.

Test results

  • 52
  • 75
    Quality overall
  • 64
    Quality essential items

Good points

  • Good quality kit.
  • Good value - it would cost around $20 more (plus shipping or petrol) to build this kit yourself.
  • Good backpack with multiple compartments, reflective piping, bungy compression strap and double zips that slide well.
  • Very good battery powered torch.
  • Four snack bars included.
  • Includes ear plugs, which no other pre-made kit did.
  • Extra foil blanket included.
  • Four N95/P2 masks included.
  • 1.5L bottle of water included, two years to expiry.

Bad points

  • No radio supplied.
  • First aid kit doesn't have any wound dressings.
  • Only a pocket pack of tissues included.
  • Food rations are just snack bars of 191 calories with a three-year shelf life.
  • No work gloves supplied.
  • Doesn't include any water purification.
  • Doesn't include a checklist of items to be added.


  • Bag volume

Essential items scores

  • Bag
  • Torch
  • Radio
  • First aid
  • Food rations
  • Checklist of items to add

NEMA or Consumer NZ recommended

  • Torch
  • Radio
  • First aid kit
  • Food rations
  • Checklist of items to add
  • Torch and radio's batteries included
  • Extra set of batteries
  • Rain poncho
  • Water container
  • Water purification
  • Foil blanket or bag
  • Whistle
  • Pen or marker
  • Notebook or paper
  • Masks
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Wet wipes
  • Tissues
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Thick plastic bags
  • Ear plugs
  • Work gloves
  • Pain killers
  • Kit list
  • Emergency planner

Other useful supplies

  • Multi-tool
  • Light sticks
  • Rope or cord
  • Tampons
  • Latex gloves
  • Hi visibility vest

More info

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