There are many premade bug out bags and survival kits that you can buy online. One of them is the Ready America 70280 Emergency Kit ( https://anon.to/5iqCK3 ) . I wanted to see if it was really worth the money or if piecing it out yourself would be a better deal. I thought I could make a comparable or better kit by going to the dollar store or the cheap camping gear section of Walmart.
What I learned- For the price, it's not too bad. It's hard to piece out this bag yourself and keep it under that budget. The company Ready America is able to make these kits for so low because they buy things in bulk. For example, a single Mylar blanket or disposable poncho is $3 if you buy it by itself, but if you bought in bulk and bought 10 of them, then they are $1 each. Think about this company who buys them by the thousands. They probably spend $0.25 each.
If you have a spare backpack, stainless steel canteen, first aid items, and/or flashlight that you aren't using, you most definitely can make it under the price on Amazon. But piecing it out yourself, it isn't that easy to make a bag of supplies for two people under that price.
My advice- If you just want to buy a bag and set it on your shelf for 5 years, this could be good. But for just a bit more, you can easily upgrade this pack with much higher quality items. And even though this kit is made for two people, splitting up the items into two bags that each person carries is a smarter plan as you are able to separate and still have enough supplies to survive on your own.
Other cheap items I would add- A BIC lighter with a rubber band or zip tie around the trigger to prevent it from losing gas in your bag if it got pressed in. Multi tool. 50 feet of paracord. USB flash drive (preferably one that can also be inserted into your smart phone) in a ziploc baggie with important documents on it. Old pair of clothes (socks, underwear, shirt, pants). Little hygiene kit (toothbrush, toothpaste (you get both for free from the dentist every 6 months) feminine hygiene products). Little battery bank and charging cable in a ziploc baggie to keep phone charged up. Trash bag (can be used for so many purposes).