Need a bug bag? Here are the 5 best emergency preparedness kits for 2022

Everything you need…in one convenient backpack. (Photo: Getty)

You know what they say about an ounce of prevention. Prepare for an emergency, whether it’s a flood, hurricane, earthquake, tornado or [enter disaster-of-choice here]will give you control over a scary situation.

Emergency preparedness kits (also known as “bug out bags”) contain basic supplies, but these are supplies that could save your life – and since you may face power outages, water shortages and more, you’ll want one that can hold you up for at least 72 hours (and have room to store your personal documents and medications too).

We’ve found five survival kits, ranging from a four-person backpack to a 160-piece first aid kit to help keep you and your loved ones safe in perilous situations.

Along with survival necessities like waterproof matches, a flashlight, and a blanket, this five-day emergency preparedness kit also comes with emergency relief items like a deck of cards and tasty food. The 32 servings of food (with a 25 years shelf life) include creamy pasta, tortilla soup, and apple-cinnamon cereal. You will also find a portable stove with fuel pellets to heat everything.

For the ultimate preparation for whatever life throws at you, we present this water-resistant backpack with wings that open to reveal clear pockets filled with survival tools. You’ll find a three-day supply of food and water, whistle, compass, leather work gloves, emergency red flasher, signal mirror and more.

Be prepared for almost any injury with this first aid assortment that includes 160 items but weighs only one pound and is small enough to fit in a glove box, suitcase or junk drawer. The canvas case is filled with medical grade supplies compiled by a team of doctors and CPR instructors.

Zippered clear pockets provide easy access and space to store your own things, like medicine. You will find plasters of different sizes and shapes, anti-puncture pads, moleskin anti-blisters, antiseptic wipes, plasters, scissors and metal tweezers.

This stuffed backpack is perfect for a family of three. It contains a multitude of items, from an AM/FM radio, RV stove and tent to a 54 piece first aid kit. Food and drink will be covered with 18 water bags, 50 water purification tablets and 3 food bars of 2,400 calories.

This 72-hour emergency kit is the ultimate in on-the-go preparedness, whether you’re aiming to outrun a hurricane, hunker down after a landslide, or find yourself hopelessly lost in the woods. As the name suggests, this kit can support two people for three days (or, presumably, one person for six days, if you’re the lone wolf type). What’s inside ? Thirty-three items in all, including vacuum-sealed food and water pouches, blankets, two 2,400-calorie food bars, disposable dust masks, nitrile gloves, a whistle (you know, in case you want to call this cute wolf to play—just kidding!), ponchos, handkerchiefs, and a pair of safety glow sticks.

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