Is it me, or have you seen an increase in emergency preparedness kits in stores lately. One would think people might believe the end of the world is around the corner in 2012, or something.
I came across another kit, and the price was right, so I bought it out of curiosity. This one is the Coghlan's Emergency Preparedness Kit. The kit comes in a medium sized plastic Tupper Wear style container with a locking plastic lid. It isn't water proof, but should be water resistant to rain, etc.
From the following photo, you can see a nice assortment of Coghlan's emergency items. Some of the items are rather bulky, necessitating the need for a good sized plastic carrier. There is plenty of room for other items, so that you can flesh the kit out nicely. Of course, nothing stopping you from removing a few items and making even more room to personalize the kit to meet your needs.
I am going to start off with what I didn't like. There is this big head style lamp that takes 4 AA batteries. I have seen a lot more elegant solutions that occupy half or less of the space that this behemoth takes. Apparently, this set can also operate on 2 AA batteries in an emergency. The second hit is the light bulb. it is an old style filament type that throws poor yellow light with not many lumens behind it...and that is with 4 AA batteries. I haven't tested it with only 2, but I can just imagine the poor light this unit would give off. Yes, better than nothing, but this is a piece I will switch out for something more compact with an LED that won't eat batteries, and throws some nice light.
The kit comes with 2-12 hour green snap lights.
Included are 4 largish candles. They are big and take up a lot of room...but candles are always handy no matter the situation.
But, also included are 2-36 hour survival candles. These come in a nice metal tin and have 3 wicks each. Ok, I am thinking sure, these are handy as well, even if a little redundant.
Standard fare for these types of oh crap kits, a pair of plastic rain ponchos, and very large solar blankets.
The kit also contains 4 hand warmers.
Included, a nice compact first aid kit and some water purification tablets.
Last but not least, a pair of camp heat or cooking containers.
Well that is Coghlan's version of an emergency preparedness kit. As you can imagine, there is plenty missing. Luckily enough, there is a bit of room to fix the omissions. I was surprised that no way of producing a flame was included. No matches, lighters, or anything. I also found this nice and cheap survival jet lighter to round out the kit.
There is room in there for many other things, including a knife, multi-tool, survival kit, energy bars, etc...