~I received an Emergency Kit from Live Prepared to showcase for this review. Opinions and stories are my own.~
Good ole’ Punxsutawney Phil said that we have 6 more weeks of winter. Although I really don’t want to believe him, it does give some of us a few more weeks to get prepared for spring/summer storms. The Midwest has serious transition issues when it comes to the change of seasons. There have been many times where we’ve had all four seasons in one week! You can’t trust mother nature around here and that’s why I prepare against her temperamental attitude. After having lived near one too many disaster areas, I can see the benefit of an emergency kit; so when Live Prepared wanted me to review their 72-Hour Survival Kit I was all for it. I may also have been a tiny bit excited to prepare against a Zombie Apocalypse at the time. I happened to be binge watching The Walking Dead.
Each Live Prepared kit has been designed by specialists with over four decades of emergency preparedness expertise. As a National Affirmer for FEMA with renowned climatologist Thomas Kostigen as their Global Ambassador, they are a committed and trusted company that believes in helping to provide families with confidence and comfort in the face of adversity.
There are four main areas of preparedness in their store: Water, Food, Auto and First Aid. Depending on your degree of necessity, you can choose anything from a Deluxe First Aid Kit to a 1 Year Food Vault that lasts for 25 years. For my family, the 72-Hour Survival Kit was enough. However, some of you may have larger families, cabins you’d like to stock or you may just want to have your vehicle prepared. There are quite a few options available to choose from; so make sure you take the time to look around.
One of my biggest concerns at home was water. We moved out the St. Louis into a town across the river which is very self reliant. They provide their own water through the town’s lake and have their own power and internet companies. All of these things are quite beneficial, but consider what might happen if the lake water became unsafe to drink? A few weeks ago we were all put on a boil order for three days and in those three days Walmart sold out of water. Walmart! People were rushing into our CVS to stock up for their homes and for their children at school. Thankfully our town seems well supplied, but that still left me very grateful for the Advanced Water Filtration Bottle provided in our preparedness kit. That small bottle can treat up to 100 gallons of water, removing 99.9% of bacteria and viruses! And that is just one of the items.
The 72-Hour Survival Kit includes:
Heavy Duty Emergency Backpack: Tough and reliable, featuring large main compartment, secondary compartment with organizer, side compression straps for load balance, hydration compatible (reservoir sold separately), padded handle with shoulder straps, front accessory pocket, two mesh side pockets, and reflective accents for added safety.
Emergency Ponchos (2), Blankets (2) and Tarp: Provide critical shelter and protection from the elements during an emergency. They are lightweight and easily fit in backpacks. Ponchos are one-size fits all (36” x 60” each). Emergency Blankets reflect 90% of body heat and help prevent hypothermia (52” x 84” each). Tarp is 5’x7’, windproof and 100% waterproof.
Solar & Crank Radio, Light, Charger: The radio features 11 band AM/FM, shortwave and weather alerts, five LED flashlight plus reading lamp and SOS emergency light. Self-powered hand crank charging system. Adjustable solar panel captures energy from sun or natural light. Includes micro cable and built-in USB ports charge most cell phones and more. Built-in rubberized carry strap. Comes with water resistant rubberized body.
Hygiene Kit: Provides the bare essentials to maintain proper hygiene to keep clean and fresh, and also to prevent the spread of disease and/or infection. Kit includes rinse-free shampoo and body wash, hand sanitizer, stick deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrush.
8-in-1 Flashlight Tool: Includes signal mirror, whistle, flashlight, magnifying glass, matches, thermometer and Compass.
10-in-1 Multi-Tool: A tough, lightweight and compact tool that easily fits in pockets or backpacks. Multiple functions include pliers, knife, nail file, bottle opener, can opener, screwdriver and saw. Weighs just 3.2 ounces.
Complete Cooking Kit and Stainless Steel Cup: Includes 2-Quart Pot with Lid and Removable Handle Folding Stove with Fuel Tablets 6-in-1 Utensil Tool (Knife, Fork, Spoon, Can Opener, Cork Screw, Awl) and Waterproof Matches. The steel cup holds up to 8 liquid ounces and can be used as a small bowl, cooking pan, scooper or drinking cup.
Advanced Water Filtration Bottle: Removes up to 99.99% of viruses and bacteria, as well as taste, odor, chemicals, salt, sand or sediment, for up to 100 gallons of water. BPA free. Features convenient carry strap and comfortable neoprene sleeve for improved grip.
50-hour Candles: Liquid paraffin was candles burn clean and without odor or smoke, and provide up to 100 hours of total burn time or steady flame for more than four days, and it’s safe to burn indoors in well ventilated area.
121-piece First Aid Kit: This comprehensive emergency first aid solution by Lifeline treats anything from bruises to burns. Features everything you need from bandages, gauze and sterile pads to scissors and vinyl gloves. Components are securely contained in a sturdy, hard-shell foam case with transparent pockets.
Duct Tape, Utility Cord, Dust Masks and Work Gloves: 60-yards of 2-inch wide duct tape, 100 feet of paracord utility cord strength tested to 500 pounds, two N-series dust masks that are 95% efficient at protecting against dust, dirt and oil-free air, and a set of premium split cowhide leather palm gloves with rubberized safety cuff.
Cook-in-Food Pouches: 11 nutritional food varieties that have a shelf life of up to 20 years.
I was pretty blown away by how much was provided in the emergency kit. There was everything you could think of to survive for three days in the middle of no where! And if you think that is pretty impressive, just wait until I tell you that I fit everything into that 2-Pocket Emergency Backpack!
It isn’t necessary to put everything in the backpack since it comes in its own 10 Gallon Stack-able Tote, but I like the idea of being able to grab everything and run out the door if necessary. You never know if you need to escape the area due to natural disasters or zombies. It’s best to be prepared to take everything with you.
The Premium 121 Piece First Aid Kit is the best kit I’ve ever had. It comes in a hard shell foam case to keep the items safe inside. I often take it with me when we’re going hiking as it can clip on to any backpack. Here is what the First Aid Kit includes.
- 1 – Hard-Shell Foam Case
- 1 – Carabiner Clip
- 1 – First Aid Guide
- 1 – Pair of Scissors
- 1 – Pair of Tweezers
- 2 – Pairs of Vinyl Gloves
- 1 – Emergency Whistle
- 14 – Alcohol Prep Pads
- 3 – Sting Relief Pads
- 6 – Antiseptic Towelettes
- 20 – 3/8″ x 1 1/2″ Bandages
- 10 – 3/4″ x 3″ Bandages
- 1 – Knuckle Bandage
- 2 – Knee/Elbow Bandages
- 10 – Wound Closure Strips
- 4 – 2″x 2″ Sterile Gauze Pads
- 2 – 3″x 3″ Sterile Gauze Pads
- 1 – 4″x 4″ Sterile Gauze Pad
- 1 – 5″x 9″ Combine Dressing
- 1 – 2″ Conforming Gauze Roll
- 1 – Triangle Bandage
- 1 1/2″ Adhesive Tape Roll
I hadn’t tried any of the food because my husband said it is for emergencies. I wanted to use one of the Oatmeal with Strawberries, but there are only 2 and apparently we need them if a tornado comes. But I imagine it wouldn’t matter too much what it tasted like if you were hungry and you can’t go wrong with Orange Drink.
And don’t worry if you aren’t very outdoor savvy or you are new to being prepared in an emergency. The entire kit comes with a helpful book that shows you what you need with READY Idea’s on how to prepare for emergency situations.
This is one of those items I believe every home should have. I can not describe to you the security that I feel knowing that no matter what may happen in the future that we have something special to hold us up. I’m very thankful to the company that introduced themselves to me and gave me the chance to share with you their products so that you may find the same peace. You can find more about them on their website, watch videos on their kits on their Facebook Page or ask them questions @LivePreparedNG on Twitter.