Best Survival Kits

You’re going to hear it repeated over and over from me. If you have ever found yourself taken by surprise by a sudden and violent storm or other natural disaster (like an earthquake, wildfire or tornado) it may dawn on you that you didn’t prepare adequately.

You aren’t alone there! When a hurricane (for example) is in the news, you may think about it, but say to yourself, “I’ll get around to it,” but then as the news dies down, you go back to your life and forget about it.

But let’s face this hard fact: When it comes to being prepared, survival kits are essential, and you shouldn’t wait until the next time the need is highlighted by the news coverage.

For those who live in areas prone to tornadoes, earthquakes, fires, or hurricanes, being prepared for the potential of a natural disaster hitting is a scary reality. I have a friend in California who has lived what many might call a “typical” suburban lifestyle in a condo situated in a lovely neighborhood. She doesn’t live in the areas with the highest risk for earthquakes, but last year she discovered that she needed emergency preparation immediately. The area was hit by wildfires, and for several days (it actually may have been a week or two), she lived on edge, ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

She DID take the time to prepare – complete with “Go Bag” and all the essentials necessary.

So, even if you THINK you aren’t at high risk for experiencing a disaster, you should still have the basics gathered. Just in case. With the prevalence of natural disasters seeming to be on the rise, having one of the best survival kits on hand when and where you need one could mean the difference between life and death for you and your family.

As we review just a few of the commercially available kits, please keep in mind that you can (and should) make sure that you add items that might be necessary in your particular situation that the kits may NOT include.

For example, most will have basic first aid supplies; however, they cannot possibly predict your individual needs. You’ll need to ensure that your specific medications (and medical / emergency contact info) are available and ready to pack.

Also, remember that these are “Survival” kits. They aren’t going to have weeks worth of freeze-dried meals. They’ll have food bars, and those will tide you over in a true emergency. But refer to some of the other pages here on the site for more supplies. When you are getting ready to evacuate – or even if you are sheltering in place – you’ll need more than what is in a survival kit for long-term use.

Let’s have a look at some now. The following survival kits can all be purchased on Amazon or the company websites.

Survival Prep Warehouse 4-Person Deluxe Survival Kit

The Survival Prep Warehouse 4-person deluxe survival kit is designed in preparation for earthquakes, evacuation, and general emergency preparedness. It is a 72-hour kit that is appropriate for home, at work, or in the car. It includes the essentials to deal with the aftermath of earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, floods, and any all-natural or man-made disasters. The portable kit comes equipped with the following items and more and contains enough of everything for a family of four:

• Safety items
• First aid
• Gas shut off
• Portable design for grabbing and going
• Water
• Food bars
• Hand-crank flashlight and radio
• Tent
• Emergency blankets
• Ropes

Mayday Industries Earthquake Kit

The Mayday Industries Earthquake kit gives peace of mind to families living in areas with high incidences of earthquakes. The kit weighs only 23 pounds for ease of transport and allows for a family of four to face the earthquake aftermath with the following items:

• Food bars
• Solar blankets
• Water
• Dust masks
• Ponchos
• Light sticks
• Chemical toilet disinfectant
• Duct tape
• Gas and water shut-off tool
• Utility knife
• Water-purification tablets
• Waterproof matches

Ready America Deluxe Emergency Kit 4-Person Backpack

The Ready America Deluxe emergency 4-person backpack is Amazon’s choice for ‘best earthquake survival kit’. Food and water sources are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard and the food and water supplies last for three days. The Ready America 4-person survival backpack comes with:

• Water-purification tablets
• Food rations
• A multi-tool
• Hand-crank flashlight and radio
• Survival blankets
• Ponchos
• Duct tape
• Gloves
• First aid kit
• Safety goggles
• Tissues

Emergency Zone Complete Deluxe Survival 72-Hour Kit

The Emergency Zone Complete Deluxe Survival kit is good for 72 hours and can be purchased for two or four people. The kit helps prepare for hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, plus an informative disaster-preparation guidebook so you can be as mentally prepared as you are physically prepared. The kit comes with the following items and more:

• Water purification tablets
• Food rations
• First aid kit
• Toothbrushes
• Toothpaste
• Soap
• Sewing kit
• Flashlight
• Ponchos
• Emergency blankets
• Duct tape
• Protective goggles
• Radio
• Toilet paper
• Glow sticks

If you live in an area that is prone to natural disasters, or if you are concerned with man-made disasters, you can give yourself some peace of mind by knowing you are prepared with one of the best survival kits on the market.