The 8 Best Earthquake Kits of 2020

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Best Overall: The Earthquake Bag at Amazon

"Built for two people to survive three days, but you can customize the bags to add more family members.""

Best for City Dwellers: Mayday Earthquake Kit at Amazon

"The bucket itself turns into a toilet, complete with toilet bags and chemical toilet disinfectant."

Best Long-Term, Food: Wise Foods Five-Day Survival Backpack at Home Depot

"This kit contains five days worth of food and water, more than your average earthquake kit."

Best Long-Term, Supplies: Essentials Kit at portlandearthquakekits.com

"Rather than food and blankets, this kit has items like bucket toilets and an emergency radio in case you're trapped in your home."

Best with Water: Emergency Zone The Essentials Complete at Amazon

"This kit comes with food and water for two people for three days, plus non-perishable supplies like masks, guidebooks, and more."

Best Budget: Ready America Emergency Kit at Amazon

"The bare essentials to cover two people for up to three days."

Best for Car: Protect Life 150 Piece First Aid Kit at Amazon

"Kit will make sure you have all you need at your fingertips to address any injuries until professional help arrives."

Best for Remote Living: Prepper’s Favorite 72-Hour Earthquake Pack at Amazon

"Supplies you with a water filtration straw to drink from almost any water source."

Best Overall: The Earthquake Bag

The signature red backpack from The Earthquake Bag packs in everything you’ll need to keep you and your family safe, warm and fed after an earthquake. The complete kit comes with food and water—one gallon of water, plus 1,000 calories a day per person. The heavy-duty backpack includes a 107-piece first aid kit and individual hygiene kits, a two-person tube tent for shelter, with warmth in the form of waterproof matches, hand and body warmers, Mylar sleeping bags, and emergency ponchos. Tools such as nylon rope, knife and a sewing kit will help you make any repairs and the hand crank flashlight/radio doubles as a charger for your phone. This bag is built for two people to survive three days, but you can customize the bags to add more family members or keep the two of you going for up to an entire week. The Earthquake Bag is available for one to six people, including pets. 

Best for City Dwellers: Mayday Earthquake Kit Deluxe Home Survival Emergency

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The Honey Bucket from Mayday Industries has most everything you need to keep a family of four safe during the first 72 hours after an earthquake. One of the key components of an earthquake survival kit is food and water. This kit comes with four 2,400-calorie food bars and 24 pouches of water. A bottle of water purification tablets ensures you can drink safely from any available source and waterproof matches enable you to light a fire or a gas stove. Each member of your family will be able to keep warm and dry with a poncho and solar blanket.

Should you have to deal with debris, dust masks are offered for protection with tools to help you secure the house such as a gas and water shut off tool, pry bar, utility knife and plenty of duct tape. Any minor injuries can be treated with the 54-piece first aid kit. There is a whistle to alert help if needed and a hand crank radio/flashlight to listen to the emergency services. The bucket itself turns into a toilet, complete with toilet bags and chemical toilet disinfectant. 

Best Long-Term, Food: Wise Foods Five-Day Survival Backpack

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Housed in a nylon backpack, you’ll find five days worth of food and water, more than your average earthquake kit. The freeze-dried meals from Wise Foods border on the gourmet, with dishes such as Southwest Beans and Rice and Vege Rotini. Simply add boiling water from the kit’s portable stove and supply of 24 fuel tablets and waterproof matches. Additional items include a 42-piece first aid kit for minor injuries, with wet naps, pocket tissues, and waste bags for personal hygiene. Safety items include a squeeze flashlight, survival whistle, dust mask, a Mylar blanket to keep warm and emergency poncho should it start to rain. You’ll even find a deck of playing cards for games of Solitaire to pass this time until the power comes back on.

Best Long-Term, Supplies: Portland Earthquake Essentials Kit

Earthquake Essentials Kit

 Courtesy of Portland Earthquake Kits

As its name promises, Portland Earthquake Kits’ Essentials Kit focuses only on the essentials that you and your family will need to stay safe, clean, and comfortable. This kit isn't intended to be an all-in-one go bag in case of an evacuation, but a hygiene and safety survival kit in case you're stuck in your home without power or resources for a longer amount of time—weeks, rather than days.

You'll get practical necessities: bucket toilets, a first aid kit, a gas shutoff tool, heavy-duty plastic sheeting, and duct tape, contractor bags, a drinking water hose, keyring whistles, and an emergency radio. A handy packet of printed resources—including an action plan, instructions on storage, an emergency toilet guidebook, and a list of places to seek help—will help guide your way. 

And if you still have an Internet connection post-earthquake, their website also provides additional resources, including a slew of interactive maps and charts.

Best with Water: Emergency Zone The Essentials Complete

In an emergency situation, it's crucial that you have enough water to last you for at least a few days. This Essentials kit from Emergency Zone has 12 4.2-ounce water pouches and a straw filter that can filter up to 30 gallons of water from natural water sources. The kit also includes two food ration bars that provide 3,600 calories of energy (enough to provide 1,200 calories per person, per day).

It's also packed with non-perishable essentials like masks, ponchos, a utility knife, toothbrushes, batteries, safety glasses, a radio, and more. It comes with items you might not think to include, like toilet paper, a pencil, and even playing cards to keep you occupied.

Best Budget: Ready America 70280 Emergency Kit 2-person, Three-Day Backpack

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Looking for the bare essentials to cover two people for when the next big one hits? Although compact, this backpack provides the three basic essentials as recommended by the American Red Cross: food, water and emergency blankets for shelter and warmth. Choose to store it as is or supplement with your own gear. Two 2,400-calorie bars and 12 packets of water offer plenty of sustenance while emergency blankets and emergency ponchos offer warmth and protection from the elements. In addition to the basics, the backpack also contains a 33-piece First Aid kit, two 12-hour safety light sticks, dust masks, nitrile gloves, pocket tissues and an emergency whistle.

Best for Car: Protect Life Emegency First Aid Kit

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You can never be too prepared in your car, be that an earthquake or fender bender. This 150 piece first aid kit will make sure you have all you need at your fingertips to address any injuries until professional help arrives.

Equppied with a survival blanket, CPR mask, bandaids, a compass, and much more, this kit provides a solid foundation for staying safe no matter what comes your way.

Reviewers say it is a great size which isn't too cumbersome for your car. Other's say it makes a smart gift for anyone who travels a lot.

Best for Remote Living: Prepper’s Favorite 72-Hour Earthquake Pack

Instead of packing bags of water, the Prepper’s Favorite 72-Hour Earthquake Pack supplies you with a water filtration straw to drink from almost any water source. Lemon cookie-flavored emergency survival rations offer 3,600 calories of energy to keep you going, pre-divided into nine portion sizes. A 52-piece first aid kit, complete with pocket first aid guide, will help you deal with any minor injuries. Start a fire with the complete fire starting kit and hop into the emergency sleeping bag to stay warm. A high-power 300-lumen flashlight and three glow sticks provide lighting during extended power outages. Additional utility items include two multi-tools, knife, rain poncho, 50-foot coil of paracord, compass, safety pins, paper clips and even a notebook and pens.

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