Gear Review: Mayday Emergency Survival Kit

Mayday Emergency Survival Kit

This review will cover the Mayday 4 Person Emergency Survival Kit - Back pack Kit

A word from the manufacture:

  • Gear designed to help keep you protected in the event of an emergency
  • Food and water has a 5 year shelf life, U.S. Coast Guard approved
  • Designed for any type of emergency, including hurricanes and floods
  • Be ready for any emergency at home or work

Let me start this review off by saying this kit is small, compact, and in a backpack, which signifies that it's designed for you to be on the move for three days. The quality of the provided items is not the best, but for the price I expected them not to be.

The knife is adequate but I've replaced it with a better knife. Every item is useful, and should last a 72 hour emergency situation.

The water comes in re-sealable plastic pouches with a drinking spout. You're also given a vial of water purification tablets. With a little ingenuity and common sense you have enough water to get you by for a day or two, and then you can purify as much water as you need for the remainder of the 72+ hours this kit was designed for.

The rations truly don't invoke thirst and are individual packages in a single mylar vacuum sealed wrapper. The two person tent leaves you to wonder how you can fit the four persons the kit was designed for, but again, a little ingenuity, you're given four emergency blankets, large enough to rig something together and share blankets if the situation arises.

For a pre-made kit, this is the best value I've seen, but it can also do with some modifications. I also replaced the bag itself with a larger bag from the dollar store to fit a small bottle that will also work as a water tight container for any papers I may carry.

The first aid kit is sufficient, and with an extensive kit a person can get overwhelmed with tools they don't know how to use. You can always add to it if you know what would be beneficial to have.

Below is a list of most of the items included:

  • Backpack: Large. Sturdy. Should last quite a while. Much better quality than I expected.
  • Four 2,400-calorie energy bars with a U.S. Coast Guard-approved five-year shelf life
  • Four solar blankets 
  • Four three-packs of water
  • Four dust masks
  • Four rain ponchos: Not the best quality, but they are meant to be used once/twice and disposed of.
  • Flashlight
  • 12-hour light stick
  • 54-piece first aid kit
  • 50 water purification tablets: A nice addition.
  • 50 waterproof, strike anywhere matches
  • Utility knife: Cheap, but surely useful.
  • AM/FM radio with batteries
  • Camp stove
  • Leather work gloves


I would recommend this kit, I've put together many kits but was curious to see how well this stacked up to those. The rations, water and water purifiers are the heart of this kit and are worth the cost alone even if you do choose to replace everything else.