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Product review
April 2022

Emergency grab bags

April 2022


1 person grab 'n' go 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 very good first aid, torch and radio, and excellent food rations. It includes a very good kit checklist with instructions for use and other useful guidance, but it's not clear what's already in the kit and what's to be added, and you won't fit everything on the list in the bag supplied. You'll also need to add most toiletries yourself.

Test results

  • 70
  • 81
    Quality overall
  • 84
    Quality essential items

Good points

  • Very good quality kit.
  • Good backpack with multiple compartments, reflective piping, bungy compression strap and double zips that slide well.
  • Excellent battery powered torch.
  • Very good battery powered radio with easy to read controls.
  • Good quality batteries, pre-installed (ready to use) with a long shelf life.
  • Comprehensive first aid kit of excellent quality.
  • Excellent food rations with a long shelf life.
  • Foil survival sleeping bag provided is better than foil sheet blanket provided in other kits.
  • Kit includes other useful items - multi-tool, light sticks and rope.
  • Very good checklist of items to add.
  • Includes kit list with instructions for use, plus where to store kit and what to do next.
  • Includes emergency planner with emergency contacts list to complete.

Bad points

  • Expensive.
  • Doesn't include any toiletries or hand sanitiser.


  • 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 matches and a candle. We don't recommend flame-based products for safety reasons.
  • Availability
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