What is an emergency grab bag? Will a commercially made one provide everything you need? Is it cheaper and better to make your own? We tested six commercial grab bags and compared them to our DIY kit.
Emergency grab bags are bags pre-packed with supplies that you’ll grab if you need to evacuate in an emergency. That might be due to a major earthquake, tsunami, volcanic eruption, severe storm, flood or fire.
Grab bags should hold the essentials you need for up to three days away from home.
If you have an evacuation shelter or community emergency hub near you, some of your needs might be provided – things like shelter, bed and water. But you’ll need to bring some things yourself and take care of all your needs on your way there, which could be a decent walk.
We were able to build a comprehensive kit of good quality for $160. If you’re using our DIY kit as a guide to build your own emergency grab bag, don’t forget to add your essential extras such as clothing, personal items and cash.