Sunday, June 7, 2020

Emergency Preparedness Supplies

I was perusing the internet this morning and came across this ad for a two-person, three-day emergency preparedness kit "on sale" for $449!!!???  I thought it was a joke but apparently they fully expect to sell such kits even though you can buy the same items that are in the kit for about $50 per person or less.  I feel sorry for anyone who falls for this garbage.  Here's the contents of the bag and where you can get the things they have in their bag for less than an arm and a leg:

  • Bag (get a super cheap daypack from the Goodwill or Ross/TJ Maxx)
  • Solar hand crank emergency radio (you can buy one on Amazon for $22.90)
  • 3 day water supply (buy a case of bottled water from the grocery store for $2)
  • 3 day food supply (buy granola bars, instant soup, canned pasta, etc from the grocery store which should be less than $10 per person)
  • Soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste (buy these in travel size form at Walmart or Target for $1 each)
  • First aid kit (make your own with stuff from the Dollar Store)
  • Multi tool ($1 at the Dollar Store or buy a higher quality one online)
  • Emergency ponchos ($1 at Walmart/Amazon/Dollar Store)
  • Mylar space blankets ($1 at Walmart/Amazon/Dollar Store)
  • Instant hand warmers ($1 at Walmart/Amazon/Dollar Store)
  • Signal whistle ($1 at Walmart/Amazon/Dollar Store)
  • Chocolate ($1 at Walmart/Amazon/Dollar Store)
  • Tea (from the Dollar Store or just take some from your pantry)
  • Duct tape ($1 at the Dollar Store)
  • Tube tent (about $5 on Amazon)
  • 2 N95 masks (still hard to find but regular masks can be found online or at Walmart)
  • Survival matches ($1 at Walmart/Amazon/Dollar Store)
  • Candle ($1 at Walmart/Amazon/Dollar Store)
  • Gloves ($1 at Walmart/Amazon/Dollar Store)
  • Utility bag ($1 at Walmart/Amazon/Dollar Store)
  • Paracord ($1 at Walmart/Amazon/Dollar Store)
  • Playing cards ($1 at the Dollar Store)
  • LED headlamp ($1 at the Dollar Store or buy a higher quality one online)
  • Stainless steel flask (these cost a few dollars online or find one for under $1 at the Goodwill)
  • Waterproof notebook and pencil ($1 at Walmart/Amazon/Dollar Store)
  • Flashlight ($1 at Walmart/Amazon/Dollar Store))
  • Glowsticks ($1 at Walmart/Amazon/Dollar Store)
  • Signal flare (these cost a few dollars each on Amazon)
On a final note, I took a free CERT class in my community and they gave me a bag containing all of these items and more for free!


  1. I suppose desperate or frightened people just want it now and cannot get out to gather things. But, $500 for that list? No way.

    1. Yep I thought it was super expensive too for what you get. I prefer to make my own emergency bags anyway!