This report was originally published by Sara Tipton at Tess Pennington’s ReadyNutrition.com.
Tess is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint: How To Survive ANY Disaster.
We’ve done some digging and come across some of the best survival kits offered on Amazon, making the purchasing of prepping gear easy. Depending on your needs and the size of your family, consider adding a small kit to your car or splitting up these kits to upgrade your bug out bag or add to your home prepping stash.
When preparing for a disaster, many overlook the possibility of something happening while in a car and away from home. That’s why some of the kits below can be purchased and left in your car so you’ll never be left without at least some survival gear.
The peace of mind offered once you’ve got your car outfitted is difficult to describe, that’s why some of these kits offer bags that are light enough they can be moved around (in and out of a car if you choose to not store survival gear in your vehicle) or stored neatly under a bed.
1. Tianer Survival Gear 11 in 1 Kit
Tianers Professional Outdoor Emergency Survival Gear Kit offers 11 tools, including a military compass, survival (multi-function) knife, saber card, fire starter, whistle, wire saw, flashlight, signal mirror, scraper, tungsten steel pen, and a box to keep it all in.
At only $23.99, this little survival kit is inexpensive considering what’s in it and perfect to toss in a vehicle or set on the shelf with your other prepping tools. You could also take several of the items and add them to your bug out bag if you happen to be missing a few of the essentials, and for the price, wouldn’t have to worry about splitting up the kit.
If you don’t want to split this kit up, don’t worry. It’s small and easy to carry. The dimensions of the box containing the other ten items 4.1 x 1.8 x 6.3 inches and it weighs only 0.65 pounds. The box is touted as “sturdy enough to be waterproof and protect the products inside.”
2. Emergency Case Premium Family 4 Person 4 Days Emergency Kit
This kit will set you back $800, but it has everything you need for a family of four to survive for four days. It comes in an easy to pull waterproof, durable, and lockable container. This kit is perfect to grab and toss in the car in the event of an immediate natural disaster such as an earthquake or hurricane.
It can be stored anywhere and decreases evacuation time to 60 seconds. Easy rolling, mobile, highly durable, lockable, and waterproof case contains a 5 kit emergency system. In that system are a food & water kit, sleep & shelter kit, advanced medical kit, tools & safety kit, and health & hygiene kit. It contains a tent and sleeping bags and includes a water filtration system.
If you live in one of the nation’s “disaster zones” and are ill-prepared for a quick evacuation, though a little expensive, this kit could be a lifesaver.
3. Emergency Zone Family Prep Emergency Survival 72 Hour Kit
Available in both a two-person and a four-person kit, the survival gear comes in a discrete red backpack and all supplies are conveniently packaged in a discrete and nondescript red pack. This kit is only $179.99 for a four-person kit and $139.99 for the two-person version.
The items come well-organized ziplock bags to keep everything organized and dry and the convenient backpack includes a 48-page emergency preparedness guide. It also comes with a hygiene kit and some basic medical supplies and a flashlight. This pre-made bug out bag could be the perfect solution to the previous more expensive kit and would be excellent for the beginning prepper.
4. Get Ready Now Deluxe Car Emergency Kit
This kit will offer you the best supplies for a worst-case scenario. The kit includes critical gear often omitted in DIY kits including light, first aid, utility tools, warmth & cooling, sanitation, and food and water products.
5. Survival Frog All-in-One LifeShield Survival Bug Out Bag
At $299.99, this kit certainly is not the cheapest on the list, but it’s a good one for those with minimal prepping under their belt. Even though this kit contains a wide selection of essential survival gear, it still weighs less than 15 lbs. This means that preppers who purchase with this pack will get the best of both worlds – a complete bug out bag that you can actually carry around comfortably.
Purchased individually, the items included in this kit would retail for over $500, but Survival Frog wanted to eliminate any barriers that would prevent customers from being fully prepared. The lifeshield bug out pack is incredibly spacious, offers 2,400 cubic inch survival gear capacity in six organized compartments, and is also insanely durable.
The options are endless, but good and lightweight supplies should be at the forefront of a prepper’s mind. Remember, these kits are great on their own or they can be broken up to make the perfect bag or kit for your personal situation. You are limited only by your imagination! The important thing to remember is you must consider your personal situation. Many may not desire a bug out bag, preferring to “bug in” but can use the individual items in some of the kits to add to a car kit or enhance a home prepping stash.
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These are pretty good package deals. While I believe it’s better to put your own home made BOB together, which will be more customized to your own situation and circumstances, these BOB’s are a pretty good idea for some one with the money, but not much time. Thanks for posting this! I believe such posts also get folks to thinking about the future. Even if they don’t buy a ready made bag, or even develop their own, they will be thinking about it. Let’s encourage one another like this, and not form the circular firing squad instead.
ON WHAT FUCKING PLANET IS GETTING MARRIED AND RAISING CHILDREN A HINDRANCE TO WASTING YOUR OVARIES TO MAKE OTHER PEOPLE RICH EVERY DAY FOR 45 YEARS WHILE YOUR RACE DIES OUT AND YOU IMPORT 80 IQ RETARDS TO REPLACE YOURSELF AND TURN THE COUNTRY INTO A SHITHOLE??????
BABY BOOMER CUNT WOMEN ARE SCUM SUCKING PIGS
STAY THE HELL HOME WHERE YOU BELONG AND RAISE THE FAMILY YOU APES
LEAVE CIVILIZATION BUILDING TO MEN
GOD KNOWS PUTTING WOMEN IN CHARGE OF COUNTRIES WILL LEAD TO OUR GENOCIDE
BABY BOOMERS COULDNT TEACH A DOG HOW TO SHIT ON THE FLOOR
Wow. Angst much?
Also check out:
readyman DOT com
They have some innovative survival gear, reasonably priced.
Also, Selco and Daisy have put out a PDF of Selco’s writings, many of which we have read, but some new material. About $5. Selco’s works are worth every penny.
I like Selco, he reminds me of the Argentinian guy, Ferfal. We need more guys like that, who have ‘been there’.
I have to insert my vote for my all time favorite survival knife: the Condor Moonstalker (in black, the Moonshiner is the version in stainless). An almost invulnerable steel blade with green linen Micarta scales, high carbon, Ballistic nylon sheath, stone in sheath pouch. I also like the Condor Matt Graham Knife, now with Micarta Scales.
I have 12 Condors, and five Gil Hibbens. The Condor Crotalus is probably the best Little Survival knife, smaller than the Moonstalker. Some don’t like the 14 to 15 inchers and like a 10.
I like Canvas packs, rather than mylon, although if you get nylon, get the 1000 denier, not a scimpy 600. Nylon is more water repellent but you can always cover canvas with a nylon cover. Canvas will last years past the durability limit of nylon, and is more repairable in the ‘wild’.
I also like an aluminum frame with my pack, instead of the internal one, not quite as comfortable as internal frames but you can lean an aluminum frame pack against a tree. Get a frame that hunters lug out deer meat on, and then build your own pack on it. Straps and padding can be found at camping super outlets such as bass pro or army navy surplus places.
For sheaths for knives I prefer Kydex, then ballistic nylon, lastly leather. There are online guys who will build you a kydex sheath for your knife, for around $100. They are indestructible.
Also, get a steel cup and canteen kit, steel can be heated up and germs destroyed, aluminum doesn’t hold up to fire very well. Actually get multiple canteens, why just have one?
I prefer to do it myself.
But to each his own. Some people might like these.
I do too. Just about everything I have is one big giant survival kit.
Survival kits need to be designed with geographic locations in mind, along with weather, terrain, temperatures, tasks at hand, and worst case scenario, for survival. No one Survival Kit online fits all folks in their situations.
Yesterday AM I biked 35 Miles, this AM I kayaked about 5 miles… Gator infested waters in mating season. I turned around on the weeded river when a large gator was going to meet up in my path ahead. I’ll keep my distance as a survival tool. Get out there folks, figure this all out now. I take a few bags of survival incidentals when kayking, if case I had to survive out there for a few days. Life straw water filter, knife, fire starter, pistol, a few water bottles, power bars, waterproof bag, cell ph, Bug spray, hat, rain poncho, life jacket, whistle, compass, towel.
I took my GPS Garmin 550T with me kayaking, and tagged a few possible short cuts if I want to cut through about 200 Ft of thick swamp for a kayak trail shortcut back to my place. A shortcut would take about 2 miles of canal paddling, off my normal route. Surviving in FL off the grid would be easy. Just need a good fresh water drinking source. Catch fish for diner.
I agree, don’t waste your money on these type of kits, if you look closely, most, if not all of the stuff included in them, is made in China. The best option is to build your own kit, that way you can custom trailer it for your situation, and environment. Kits like these are meant as a one size fits all. Last thing, no matter what you go with, one of these store bought kits, or one you build yourself, practice with ALL the items in the kit BEFORE you need them. Learning how to do something, or how to use an item in the kit for the first time when your life may depend on it, IS VERY POOR PLANING.
3 days food and no plan is a fools errand. but its better than nothing I guess. The zombie horde will then commence.
Nine meals to anarchy…
All of those kits are made cheap Chinese crap! I wouldn’t rely and risk my life with those garage items.
Go prepared survival makes real American made survival kits used by the military for real emergencies. I trust my life to them.
Sean; I agree. Tailor it to your specific needs. Many of these items can be picked up on sale,in Dollar stores and flea markets. Don’t wait til the last minute…take your time and spend your money wisely. Cheap doesn’t always get you there.
For many years I owned a 45 foot sailboat.
I put together my own medical and survival kits.
I used to commute very long distances to work
I did similar kits( much smaller) for my vehicle.
Most all the pre-packaged stuff is useless and crap
products. I stick to name brands for medical supplies.
I stick to SOLAS rated things for survival as they
are well tested and can withstand severe abuse.
Short term you need shelter and water in that order.
You can go quite a few days without food.
If you really have to have food use SOLAS rated
bars in your kit.
As a rule I always carry a Gerber multi tool
everywhere. I really bent the rule against
weapons at work but I was never challenged on it.
Gerber has two 2.25 inch knife blades.
The multi tools shown in the survival packs
Thinking you have a good survival kit or bag that
is nearly useless is better than having nothing, but
is a false security.
I noticed that the kit for number two has a tent made by the “famous” maker North Gear. And it’s $200 more than what the article noted.
Generally, I don’t like kits of pre-assembled gear. They always seem to have cheap components designed for looks but not much actual use.
If a person doesn’t have the time (or wit) to get gear they like and know how to use, how is having stuff ready to go going to help when an emergency arises.
You got that right!
“North Gear” is Chinese made Wall-Mart crap. You are thinking of the real deal by the name of “The North Face”.
What I find dangerous about these pre-packaged kits is the implication that Joe Suburbanite can toss one in the car and poof, salvation assured. People tend to like easy, no effort solutions to problems – like buying an insurance policy. Survival doesn’t work that way.
For example, take the compass included in the kit. If you are an adult and do not already own a compass then it means you also do not know how to use one. You ain’t gonna learn the day of the emergency. You will only end up making yourself hopelessly lost and hampering efforts to save your dumb ass.
With the exception of emergency food and a road flare, these kits engender a false sense of security and are a danger in my opinion.
I’m also pretty sure I don’t want a bright orange tent in the SHTF, or bright colored anything. You could add a bright orange sheet of rip stop nylon to use as an extra blanket, or for signaling.
I also have a knapsack that has a class 3a ballistic panel. It adds just a few ounces to its weight.
I have various BOB options with seasonal goods in vacuum sealed bags. Vacuum seal some clean cloths and they take up a fraction of the space.
I use my knapsack as my day bag. Depending on destination I can lighten it, or pack seasonally in less than a minute. It all is on one shelf, the bag is always packed with the basics.
I’m not seeing a lithium battery backup pack for a phone in any of those kits. As long as there’s cell or wifi it’ll be the first thing you wish you had.
Great idea about the vacuum sealed bags. Back in my assistant scoutmaster days, we used ziploc bags where you insert your stuff and then press out the air. I used that method one time when I went out to San Fran on a business trip. Other gals had numerous bags to my one. I dress very well for the whole week. The trick is to use lightweight but warm clothing such as silk and fold neatly–no muss, no fuss, no ironing, and plenty of clothes. Afterwards, they all wanted my secret to packing. Little old Yahooie was popular for a while. hehehe
Yahooie, That silk dress would look great on the floor next to my bed the next morning. Been to FL lately? Pack that and your smile, and I got the rest.. hehe
Never been to FL. I should see it sometime. I have a sister and brother-in-law that are snowbirds so maybe at holiday time this year.
On the plus side, people who are waking up, and are new to the age-old concept of preparation, will at least get a kit something like what is in the article.
The really awakened ones will then look at the quality, or lack thereof, of the kits they purchased, then will likely upgrade.
Most people can only get there by small steps, when waking up. Most other people never will get there, as they would rather die than face reality…
I couldn’t believe the Fisher investment add on shtf today. They won’t talk to you unless you have a 500,000 investment portifolio. Really schocked to see that here.
Not a single one of these has a GUN.
That is the FIRST THING you must own.
And 1,000 rounds of ammo.
Always carry a gun, legal or not doesn’t mean shit if you’re dead.
I carry a Czechoslovakian 26.5 mm signaling device, as we can’t legally carry guns in public here unless out and in a hunting area or a shooting range. It is single shot, but will make a mess out of you or your car through an open window. Hard to put out phosphorous.
Only problem is you have to be really close.
But it is legal to carry and keep in a vehicle.
Stupid pundits on fox business today saying taxing online sales is good. They think consumers are fucking morons. How the hell is paying sales tax good for you the consumer. It’s good for the state and puts online sales even with brick mortar retail that’s it. Spinning it like its great for us. When the hell will people learn stop buying shit. Everyt cost is passed on to the consumer the only way to fight back is resistance which means not buying shit.
You need to be concerned about taking care of others as well as yourself, at least if you don’t want to become a target for those others to take your stuff from you (and remember, no matter how well armed and invulnerable you may think you are, there are more of them than of you and they will mostly be at least as well armed as you are. Living by the sword in not the best option for staying alive.).
Not a gun in any of them. Must be made for liberal preppers.
These kits make great templates for making your own BOB. (can hardly call 3-day food/H2O a survival bag); and that is exactly what I use them for — a minimalist checklist to beef up. Thank you for including pictures.
Unless a person has to go through metal detectors to get into work, or the worker is a total idiot, then carry for self defense regardless of the law. I did so in Chicago for decades. If one is afraid to carry because it’s illegal, then what are you going to do when the government bans all guns? Be the wolf, not the sheep.
Never admit to violation of any Federal, state, or local laws.
I always suspect that people that blab like this are plants trying to get others to blab.
Let’s assume this was an honest post intended to be what he thought good advice, if he is ever stopped, they will track back and find this post, and it WILL be used against him in a court of law.
Rellik, your advice is sound council.
always suspect that people that blab like this are plants trying to get others to blab.
The same reasoning behind why I believe why Mac posts certain articles on this site. Caution, folks…
I don’t have any problem with Mac’s articles.
They are food for thought for anyone that wants to be able to handle life’s little sh!t sandwiches.
We as a community need to remember that the prior president, gone just a year an a half now saw all preppers as enemies of the state, Hillary would have continued and expanded that philosophy. They had the FBI tracking and keeping files on anyone that identified as a prepper.
Trump in the Whitehouse is a big relief. I don’t see him seeing random Americans as automatic enemies, though lots of Obama rules and operatives are still in place. The next president could be another flaming communist who sees preppers as enemy and wants us on short leashes or in cages.
Talking trash, or violence online is not advisable. We’ve all been watching Venezuela turn into a sh!t hole, and if America follows that path, even legal things we discussed could become illegal i.e. Venezuela even made possession of long term stored food a crime.
I always thought it funny that Obama couldn’t stop talking trash about American conservatives, who when they heard Obama, just went out an bought more firearms and prepping supplies. He was such a moron, and a failed social experiment. My point, talking trash often elicits the opposite result of what is desired.
Wise council rellik.
After a while we start to see other regular posters here as friends (even if we don’t agree with them)…. part of our social circle so to speak. More than once I have had to check my enthusiasm because the internet is forever.
I cringe when I read posts personally advocating (bragging about) violence towards a particular person or group. That is called an admission and it can be fatal to ones freedom.
If you work on a military installation or a gov site, getting busted for weapons is very serious business. Choose your defense tools wisely.
I really can’t resist this,
I was stationed at a SAC base with lots of NUKES,
very high security, Vietnam era.
It was hunting country.
Per the rules we were supposed to keep
our personal guns in the Amory.
Virtually nobody did.
I remember a Master Sergent modifying
his .458 Weatherby in the B-52 gun shop.
That may have been old military but I think
the same rules apply “I got your back”.
Rellik, these days nearly no one past the gate guards is permitted to be armed whether in uniform or not. Around the metro DC area, everyone is antsy about this rule especially since 9-11 and some months later when there was sniper on the loose (killed half dozen people; some not far from where I’d worked).
Anyone entering any military installation around this area should not have any weaponry. They do search vehicles–they point and you move stuff as requested–with dogs, mirrors to see beneath, and a visual check.
If trouble was possible or even expected such as protesters, guards would greet all those entering with their hand and one finger on their AK leaving one hand to check your credentials (badge and whatever else).
So, yeah, things have changed since the Viet Nam era.
The last place I worked a retired military friend explained to me that although we can’t carry we can have tools. Something always needs fixing so it’s never questioned. He also told me (among other things) about canes and walking staffs used in self defense and sent this info to me. http://www.canemasters.com/ His main thought was to be prepared and be able to get to a better position tactically whether you have firearms or not. It’s the layers method wherever you are and always being aware.
Get off this site and go spend time with your family
Time’s better spent on the site, most time family can be a waste of time depending upon who it is.
Whether you buy or put your own together I suggest you do so now
I ran into a situation last night, going from ky to tn my gps took me off the highway because of the road being shut down . I was on back roads late at night , it was dark and I was unfamiliar with the area.
I quickly realized that with no electronics I could be in trouble. I am putting a compass and updated paper maps my truck. When the system goes down and you have to travel without the basic navigation tools you will be in trouble .
And teach your children, grandchildren etc to read and navigate by paper maps.
AAA has a great little program where you can go there and plan a road trip and they will print out for free navigation books for kids to follow along.
Now that’s a good ilea, everyone can learn,