Well, I saw this at walmart for $36 so I figured I'd give it a look and see whether it was worthwhile. I figured I'd take one for the B&B team if it turned out to be a waste.
Here are a few pics:
The kit comes in a black, heavyweight nylon bag that is approximately the size of a "fanny pack", but lacks the belt. The rear of the pack has several straps that could attach it to a belt, or a molle webbing platform. There are 4 zippered compartments. 2 on the sides, one main compartment, and one front compartment. The main compartment contained all of the contents, leaving the rest open for more gear.
In case you cannot see from the pictures, the contents are:Survival gear
6 4oz. Packets of purified drinking water
6 fortified food bars (2400 calorie)
2 hand washers
2 flashlight batteries
1 light stick
1 survival blanket
1 rain ponchoFirst Aid Supplies
15 1"x3" plastic bandage strips
6 BZK Antiseptic Wipes
4 2"x2" gauze pads
4 triple antibiotic ointment packets
2 alcohol wipes
2 first aid burn cream packets
2 sting relief wipes
1 eye pad with strips
1 knuckle bandage
1 fingertip bandage
1 extra large bandage
1 waterproof bandage
1 butterfly wound closure
1 first aid tape roll
1 metal tweezers
1 scalpel blade
1 first aid guideMedications
2 ibuprofen tablets
2 antacid tablets
2 acetaminophen tablets
Being a kit from Camillus, I expected a better knife than a scalpel blade! Still, it seems like a decent platform on which to build a kit of your own. There is more room inside the bag's exterior compartments for more items. The main compartment is stuffed to the gills, so I chose to move some items out to the peripheral compartments in order to make room for a Mora knife. One potential problem I saw was the AA batteries were just rolling around loose in the bag. I would tape the ends to make sure they can't contact any conductive materials, and put them in a small plastic bag to protect the other contents in case they leak. The flashlight itself is a very cheap plastic thing. I would recommend replacing this with a modern LED flashlight, with a preference toward long run time vs. high output. The whistle is orange plastic. I might replace that with a metal whistle as well.
As you can see, water purification supplies are conspicuously absent. I would add some purification tabs, some tea or other flavoring agent, and a steel cup that can be boiled in. You might be able to fit a wide mouthed steel bottle inside the bag by filling the bottle itself with some of the kit contents. The 24oz. of water contained in the kit is enough for one drink for an adult, not the "three days" implied by the kit's name. You MUST supplement the kit with a means to make water safe to drink.
Also amazingly absent from the kit is any means to make a fire. You will want to add a mag bar, a ferro rod, and some waterproof matches and/or a butane lighter, and a tea light candle and some PJCBs to help get wet tinder going. (Fire starting materials are really a matter of personal familiarity and preference, but you want a few redundant methods in there.)
I am not a first aid expert, but I know we have a few members on the board here who can weigh in as to the selection of first aid supplies and how they compare to other commercial first aid kits.
I'd also suggest adding a good pair of sunglasses and a warm beanie hat to any kit. Hat's can make you feel 15% warmer as people lose massive amounts of heat from their heads. The beanies crush down pretty small and don't weigh much. Can't hurt to throw in a bandanna as well. And sunglasses will help reduce fatigue by preventing squinting in bright conditions. Little comforts can make a huge difference to morale. Things I liked:
Apparently solid and tough bag with multiple compartments and MOLLE attachment
Additional room for more items
Saves time by allowing you to get many useful items in one package, without having to buy multiples of those items individually, (i.e. a whole pack of bandages to get 2 to put in the kit)Things I didn't like:
Batteries rolling around loose
Lack of water storage/purification
Lack of fire starting
Overall, I think the kit is a decent value for the price, considering the nice bag it comes in, but it should only be looked at as a base upon which to build, not
a finished kit! As it comes from the store, there are several items you will have to add to it to make it complete from a 3 day survival standpoint.