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Product review
April 2022

Emergency grab bags

April 2022

1 person 72 hour survival kit


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 and food rations, and a reasonable torch and radio. It's the only premade kit to include a spare set of batteries for torch and radio. You'll need to add most toiletries yourself. The kit includes a clear and comprehensive checklist of items to add but you wouldn't fit everything on the list in the bag supplied. The kit includes a clear list of items in the kit and how to use them, as well as an emergency planner, contacts list and list of tasks to do before you evacuate.

Test results

  • 78
  • 77
    Quality overall
  • 81
    Quality essential items

Good points

  • Good quality kit.
  • Good backpack with multiple compartments, reflective piping, bungy compression strap and double zips that slide well.
  • Battery powered torch (better than wind-up models).
  • Battery powered radio.
  • Full set of spare batteries included.
  • Comprehensive first aid kit of excellent quality.
  • Excellent food rations with a long shelf life.
  • Kit includes other useful items - multi-tool and light sticks.
  • Extra foil blanket included.
  • Excellent checklist of items to add.
  • Includes kit list with instructions for use.
  • Includes emergency planner with emergency contacts list to complete.

Bad points

  • Batteries supplied are carbon zinc, which are not as good as alkaline or lithium and have a shorter shelf life.


  • Bag volume

Essential items scores

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

NEMA or Consumer NZ recommended

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

  • Notes
    This kit also includes playing cards, matches and a candle. We don't recommend flame-based products for safety reasons.
  • Availability
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