Emergency kit suggestions provided by:

I priced out the items recommended by Ready.gov to determine what the minimum price for an emergency kit might be.



Buy From:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation (need 48 small seal packets of water)
$52 Amazon.com
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
$6 Amazon.com
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
$30 Amazon.com
  • Waterproof LED flashlight and extra batteries
$8 Amazon.com
  • First aid kit
$20 Amazon.com
  • Whistle to signal for help
$8 Amazon.com
  • Dust mask
$15 Amazon.com
$34 Amazon.com
  • Manual can opener for food
$12 Amazon.com
  • Local maps
$20 Amazon.com
  • Cell phone solar charger
$50 REI.com
  • Sleeping bag
$25 Walmart.com
  • Fire extinguisher
$38 Sears.com
  • Knife
$32 Amazon.com
  • Emergency fire starter
$5 Amazon.com
  • Multi-tool
$40 Amazon.com
  • Chemical light sticks
$10 Amazon.com
TOTAL $405.00

***Important note: this kit does not include a change of clothes, work gloves, cold weather gear, extra cash, prescription medications, or even a bag or Pelican case for holding all these supplies


The emergency kit that I priced-out above is only for one person and the cost still comes to more than $400! In another post I’ll further explore the cost inequities of emergency preparedness and less-resilient populations. In the interim, it might be best to slowly (and affordably) build your kit.