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Product review
April 2022

Emergency grab bags

April 2022

NZ Survivor

1 person 3 day full survival pack


Why is this free?

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


A comprehensive kit of very good quality, with excellent first aid supplies and good food rations. But the dynamo torches are nowhere near as good as battery-powered ones, although both lasted significantly longer than the one other dynamo product in our test. There's a good list of what's in the kit and how to use it. There's also a checklist of items to add, but it's incomplete and hard to read. It's also the most expensive kit in our test and it'd cost around $70 less (excluding shipping or petrol) to build this kit yourself.

Test results

  • 74
  • 76
    Quality overall
  • 60
    Quality essential items

Good points

  • Good quality kit.
  • Good backpack with multiple compartments, reflective piping, bungy compression strap and double zips that slide well.
  • Two torches supplied.
  • Comprehensive first aid kit of excellent quality.
  • Good food rations with a long shelf life.
  • Kit includes other useful items - multi-tool and light sticks.
  • Includes kit list with instructions for use.
  • Includes a good amount of toiletries - a couple things to be added.
  • Four N95/P2 masks included.
  • Good, medium-weight rain poncho that's long with enclosed sides, elasticated cuffs, and a drawstring hood.
  • Extra 500ml tub of hand sanitiser included.

Bad points

  • Very expensive and poor value.
  • Terrible torches (two dynamo types included) - both dim with poor beam pattern.
  • Note of items to add is incomplete and printed in light orange text as a paragraph (not a checklist) that's hard to read.
  • The tissues included are compressed towelettes which expand when wet. There are only 10 and they're thin.


  • Average price


  • 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

    N/A (wind-up dynamo)

  • Extra set of batteries

    N/A (wind-up dynamo)

  • 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

  • Notes

    This kit also includes matches. There's no candle to go with them, but we don't recommend flame-based products for safety reasons.

  • Availability

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