Life Gear LG492-Emergency Survival Kit
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No one thinks they can be threatened by a natural disaster or an emergency, until it actually happens. People usually refrain from even talking about disasters, but history has shown us time and time again that the possibility of getting stuck in the middle of one is very real. Between the years 2000 and 2012, worldwide, over 1.2 million people lost their lives due to natural disasters and around 2.9 billion people got affected by these same disasters. This article is not aimed to scare, but only to introduce a pack that can help you be better prepared if disaster strikes.
The Life Gear LG492 Emergency Survival Kit claims to contain all the tools and supplies that can help you keep you and your family safe during an emergency. It includes an ergonomically designed backpack that can easily be carried by both adults and children during an emergency.
Who Should Buy This Kit?
This pack is for everyone. It does not contain any complicated tools and if needed can even be used by children. The pack is geared to provide basic protection from the weather and signal emergency services for help. This kit is not meant for hardcore adventure lovers and outdoor survivalists who spend weeks in the wilderness.
Small Backpack That Can Be Carried Anywhere:
The backpack is small and weighs just 2.8 pounds including all the supplies. It also contains all the basic emergency supplies to survive outdoors. This means if you need to evacuate your house in a hurry, all you need to do is simply carry it along when leaving. You can even carry the Life Gear backpack with you when going on hiking trips or when travelling to remote locations.
The pack is light and has almost everything you need to wait out the storm. The pack is not suited for surviving weeks in the wild but is geared to keep you alive till emergency services arrive. Overall the pack is affordable and small, which means you can buy one for each member of your family and can even store one in your car.
A Basic Kit for The Entire Family:
There are a lot of emergency kits out there that make things unnecessarily complicated. They include too many tools and gadgets which an average individual may or may not know how to use. This is where the Life Gear LG492 is different from others. The kit contains some of the most basic items which can be used by anyone.
The simplicity of the pack makes it perfect for kids and elderly who can use the contents of the kit to easily keep themselves protected from the weather. The pack contains ample signaling devices such as mirror, whistle, and flashlight that can be used to call for help. This makes the kit perfect for average individuals who have never used a survival pack before and have little to no knowledge about surviving outdoors.
Features and Specifications:
Backpack: The backpack part of the Life Gear Emergency kit is lightweight and is water resistant. It’s also ergonomically designed and comes with padded back support. The pack also has multiple pockets and sleeves to store different items. The pack also comes with front bungee straps, which can be used to carry big items. All in all the backpack is geared for outdoors and can be carried by anyone.
First Aid Kit: A proper first aid kit can be the difference between life and death during an emergency. It can be hours even day before you get proper medical help. This is why, it’s important to carry a first aid kit that prepares you to treat cuts, bruises, and burns before they get infected.
Leather Gloves: This is a great addition to the pack. This can not only protect you from extreme weather but also help you maneuver rubble and sharp objects to rescue a friend in need.
Respirator Mask: Another essential addition is the respiratory mask. It can help to keep your lungs protected from the dangerous fumes and dust particles. A respiratory mask is an absolute essential tool during a forest fire or an earthquake.
Weatherproof Document Bag: No matter what the disaster, one of the priorities is to keep the important documents safe. This includes your educational certificates, your medical records, Id cards. This is exactly why the Life Gear LG492 Emergency Survival Kit comes with a waterproof document bag. The bag’s air tight seal keeps everything it contains safe from the weather.
Signaling Whistle: A signaling whistle is an essential tool to attract attention of the emergency services. It’s also a good idea to learn all the international whistle codes. Using these codes you can communicate with the rescue personnel. There are two whistles included in the kit. One is part of a multipurpose device, which also contains a compass. The other one is fitted to the back of the Red Glow flashlight which is included with the kit. Due to their larger sizes, these multipurpose devices are easy to find and has less chances of getting misplaced.
Compass: If you are stranded in an unknown location a simple compass has the potential to save your life. The compass provided with the kit is accurate and thus serves its purpose. As mentioned before, the compass is part of the multi-functional tool that also contains a mini flashlight and a whistle.
Hygiene Kit: The hygiene kit provided with the pack has all the basic toiletries and is good for several days.
Waterproof Poncho: If you are stranded outside, a waterproof poncho can keep you protected from rain and even rough weather. During extreme cold, the poncho can even act as an extra layer of clothing. The poncho provided with the kit comes in one standard size that fits all.
Thermal Blanket: In cold weather, thermal blankets are essentials. It can also act as makeshift rug to sit on or keep stuff away from ground.
Small Mirror: Small mirror provided with the kit can be used as a signaling device to alert emergency services.
Flashlight: Power blackouts are one of the most common problems following an disaster. In these situations a flashlight can be the only source of light when the sun sets. The Life Gear Emergency Kit contains a 4 in 1 emergency flash light called Glow Red. It can act as a standard flashlight, a glow stick, and a flasher. The flashlight is also fitted with a loud whistle.
Writing Pad and Pen: A pen and writing pad is a clever addition. These can be used to draw route maps, write down essential phone numbers, or even keep a daily account.
Customer Reviews and Ratings:
This particular product doesn’t have too many customer reviews. The few customer reviews that were posted are mostly positive.
Ladydi reviewed the kit on November 19, 2012. She gave the product 5 stars and said she was really impressed with the quality of the flashlight.
Lyndia Murillo gave this pack a 4 star rating on January 4, 2013 and said that the kit contained all the basic items that’s needed during an emergency.
One of the few bad reviews it got was from D.M Tkocs who gave it a 3 star. Not what I expected…thought the bag would be bigger”. The small size of the pack makes it easier to carry and makes it suitable for people with different physical capabilities. This is a pack for the whole family, so people looking for big survival kits with hundreds of different survival tools are bound to get disappointed.
Cons of the product:
When stranded outside, starting a fire is one of the most vital challenges. Sadly the pack does not contain any fire starter or waterproof matches to ease this process. You would have to buy a separate fire starter and put it inside the pack to be on the safer side. Apart from that, the pack does exactly what it aims to do which is to provide a basic degree of protection to all members of the family.