Danger #1: Not Enough Essentials
Let's start with food. The food in the kit isn't enough to keep even one person fed or hydrated for a single day. Caloric intake and food storage in the kit is critical. The average person requires almost 2500 calories per day. Just a simple 3600 calorie bar would be enough. But there are emergency disaster kits that have 800 calories per person per day. It's laughable.
Another example is the water. An adult can lose up to 80 ounces of water a day. So why do some kits only include 8 ounces of water in their kit?
So how do you overcome these shortcomings? Start building your own kit with your own protein bars. Spend a little money on a LifeStraw so you can drink water from lakes, streams and puddles for days and weeks. Then forget the 8 ounce bag that would last for only 5 minutes.
Once you discover these shortcomings, you realize that you are spending twice the money for 1/10 the value. It makes no sense. So let's move onto danger #2.
Danger #2: Cheaply Made Contents
If you do buy a pre-made kit, ask yourself these questions.
- Does the stuff inside look cheap and flimsy?
- Does it look like its not sewn together very well?
- When the package arrives, are there broken items in the box?
- Have some packages emptied out?
- Does the quality just flat out look cheap?
Some survival kits have a tiny radio that looks more like a toy. Others might include a multi-tool. Either way, these are always the cheapest ones. I've heard of people who have had tools like a wire cutter fall apart during their very first use. Other cheap survival kit tools have included flimsy ponchos and blankets or whistles.
The lack of quality control in these things is surprising. Let's face it. With cheap contents like this, you can't take these kits seriously. But here's something that's even more bothersome.
Danger #3: Did You Really Get What You Ordered?
There's a reason why the cheaply made emergency home kits are not worth their salt. They either have the wrong contents, or the items ordered don't even exist. Some people have found their kit with water and food. But the survival blanket that was supposed to be in the kit wasn't there. In other cases, entirely different items were in the kit. What was shipped didn't match what was in the advertising.
The Alternative is to Build Your Own Kit.
Building your own kit doesn't start with gear. It starts with you. And by taking the time to understand what's in your kit, you'll be helping yourself down the road.
Small specialized kits
One way to get started is to begin with a small specialized kit. For instance, a mini medical kit might be a good starting point for you.
Then each week, pick another part and build a kit for that. Smaller kits can be specialized for just one purpose. And then you just carry these little kits around in your bug out bag.
If you are looking for something to put your kit contents in, then check out the GearPods. A Gear Pod is a see thru tube with caps on it.
Gear Pods are light and transparent so you can see the contents. And they are relatively cheap. Plus, if you want to extend a Gear Pod, you can just screw one onto the end of the other and you're ready to go. Another benefit with Gear Pods is you can "extend" them and make them longer.
You Can Buy Kit Contents at Your Local Store
Take a look at the contents that are typically in these survival kits. You'll find the same stuff in the stores you visit every day. Not only that, but many survival kit reviewers suggest that its a better idea to make your own as well.
In the end when it comes down to it ... making your own survival kit makes alot of sense. You avoid unreliable contents, you can upgrade your kit at will, and you gain the confidence that your kit.
All of this will help pull you through the tough times. So check it out this week. Go visit your local dollar store and start putting the items together that you'll need. Check out www.GearPods.com and see if there's a unit that fits your budget and needs. You'll be glad you did.