Versatile duffel bag
Battery-free flashlights and radio
48 pouches of water
72 hours-worth of survival gear
Natural disasters have been popping up everywhere in the last few years. That’s why earthquake preparedness kits—or really any survival kits—are becoming increasingly important for people to have at home before the need strikes.
I tested the Survival Prep Warehouse 4-Person Survival Kit Deluxe to see if the gear, supplies, food, and accessories would be high-quality enough to prepare my own home for a disaster. I also enlisted my fiancé, a disaster medicine doctor, to shed light on the gear as well. Here’s how the Survival Prep kit performed.
Quality: Most items are top-notch
The quality of the Survival Prep Warehouse kit starts with its sturdy duffel bag. This roomy yet compact duffel is strong and versatile, with various pockets for organizing supplies. The quality continues on the inside, with strong leather working gloves for clearing debris (that are actually stylish and comfortable), as well as crank-to-operate flashlights and radios, relatively tasty 2,400-calorie food (yes, I tried it), and 48 4.2-ounce pouches water, which is double what most kits have. The kit also includes waterproof matches, candles, a sturdy magnesium fire starter, and a sharp, versatile 11-in-1 wallet tool that can serve as a ruler, bottle opener, wrench, can opener, and more.
While expensive at first glance, this kit is actually a steal.
The only item in this kit I’d really consider cheap-feeling is the poncho. These ponchos are thinner than most trash bags and will easily rip if snagged.
Utility: Preparedness at its best
This Survival Prep Warehouse kit is full of earthquake-preparedness essentials. It checks off nearly all of the CDC’s requirements—everything from candles, a gas shut-off wrench, and tissues to emergency tents, ropes, and survival blankets. Plus, my fiancé said the first-aid kit’s collection of bandages, tweezers, shears, ointment, and gauze checks nearly all boxes for earthquake-related health issues. The kit also comes with water purifying drops and a toiletry kit; both items are recommended on the CDC website.
It checks off nearly all of the CDC’s requirements for earthquake preparedness supplies.
Versatility: Perfect for most emergencies
While this kit is great for earthquakes, its utility doesn’t stop there—it’s packed with emergency gear like food and water to last for 72 hours, which gives peace of mind to those in hurricane or tornado-prone areas. Shelter is also included with two emergency tents that fit two people each. Lastly, blankets, 16-hour body warmers, and a flint fire starter make this kit useful across seasons and locations.
Weight: Tough to carry
With 48 pouches of water, it’s no surprise this seemingly light duffel is heavier than meets the eye. I had trouble carrying it down to the basement, but the duffel’s shoulder strap does make it a bit more portable.
This duffel is like a clown car in that it’s filled with a never-ending supply of earthquake gear. For scale, it’s well below TSA carry-on limits, although you’d need a thorough removal of water and sharp-edge gadgets before flying with it! It tucks away easily in my small basement closet and would be quick to grab and go with the shoulder strap and top handles.
This duffel is like a clown car in that it’s filled with a never-ending supply of earthquake gear.
Price: Expensive but not overpriced
At around $200, the Survival Prep Warehouse 4-Person Survival Kit Deluxe is definitely not cheap, but I priced out estimates for each item, including the duffel bag, and it totaled over $300. So, while expensive at first glance, this kit is a steal for those who want virtually every CDC-recommended essential in one compact kit.
Survival Prep Warehouse 4 Person Survival Kit Deluxe vs. Mayday 13040 Deluxe 4 Person Honey Bucket Emergency Kit
The Survival Prep kit and the Mayday 13040 Deluxe 4 Person Honey Bucket Emergency Kit (view on Amazon) are designed for families of up to four, and I tested both of them. They have a number of the same essentials: water, food (which tastes the same in both), water purification tablets, flashlights, gloves, and much more.
However, the Survival Prep comes out on top for its CDC-recommended essentials. Some of the Survival Prep kit’s most important items (that the Mayday kit lacks) include an 11-in-1 pocket tool and can opener, nylon rope, and a hygiene kit. The only downside to the Survival Prep kit is that, at around $200, it’s quite a bit pricier than the Mayday kit, which retails for around $110.
Need some help finding what you’re looking for? Check out our list of the best earthquake kits.
- Product Name Warehouse 4-Person Survival Kit Deluxe
- Product Brand Survival Prep
- Price $209.95
- Weight 42 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 12 x 12 x 24 in.
- Color Red
- Material Nylon bag
- What’s Included Deluxe duffel bag, pouches of water (48), 2400-calorie food bar (4), water purification tablets (40), hand crank AM/FM/Band Radio, hand squeeze rechargeable flashlights (2), 5-in-1 survival whistle, 1 magnesium flint, mylar sleeping bags (4), ponchos (4), tube tents with rope (2), 16-function pocket knife, leather palm gloves, 50-foot rope, soaps (4), toothbrush (4), toothpaste (4), handy wipes (9), N95 Masks (4), tissue packs (8), large first-aid kit, gas shut-off wrench, can opener, biohazard waste bags (2), 2.5-gallon water bag, body warmers (4), light sticks (4), candle, deck of cards