Product review

Emergency grab bags

April 2022

Emergency Prepare

Personal survival backpack

Price
$80
Score
64

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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
    Comprehensiveness
  • 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.

Model

  • Average price

    $80

  • Bag volume

    25L

Essential items scores

  • Bag

    70

  • Torch

    80

  • First aid

    60

  • Food rations

    45

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

    N/A

  • Kit list
  • Emergency planner

Other useful supplies

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

More info

  • Availability

    Available from emergencyprepare.co.nz.

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