I’ve never been a big fan of pre-packaged survival kits until I had a chance recently to visit with Dory Harrington, founder of Mombies* emergency kits. By the time we headed for lunch at Five Guys, I had purchased her Complete Kit!
Yes, it’s that impressive.
The problem I’ve had with other ready-made kits is that they are one-size-fits all, they aren’t geared toward women and families, and many of their contents aren’t high quality.
My Mombies complete emergency is completely different.
Dory explains how she developed the kit:
“I went off by myself and began thinking through every possible emergency that could happen, crises in which I would be the one completely responsible for my kids. As I thought through each scenario, I began to list what items I would need in order to survive. That list became the start of my Mombies bags.”
“I wanted everything in my bags to be colorful and cheery. If I’m in an emergency, having a pink water bottle, for example, just does something to my mood and that of my kids.”
Sure enough, the cap on my Mombies water bottle is pink, the bandana is turquoise, and the mess kit is golden yellow and charcoal gray. The toiletry kit has a deep purple washcloth and the Fire Knife is orange. Oh, the frames on the safety goggle are bright pink!
Don’t let the pretty colors fool you, though. Dory searched high and low and tested dozens of products before settling on the ones that met her high standards. For example, it took several months to find just the right emergency candle, “Candle in a Can.”
“This emergency candle can endure the hot temperatures we have here in Phoenix, and it’s a 20 hour candle,” she explained.
“I also wanted every item to fit the hand size of the average woman, so I selected the items that I believed were essential and then began looking around for products that were scaled down to a smaller size. I also wanted as many items as possible to be dual-purpose.”
The multi-tool is small but durable and those pink-framed safety goggles? They are tinted and can double as sunglasses!
The work gloves in my own emergency kit are sized for a man’s hands, but Dory found a pair that is smaller and would be a much better fit for most women.
“Work gloves were the #1 most needed item after the Oklahoma tornadoes,” Dory told me.
What about the military backpack?
The one item that isn’t colorful is the actual backpack. It’s a standard military khaki color, which is actually a much better choice than hot pink or bright red! The khaki color doesn’t draw attention to itself, but the pack itself is awesome!
“I personally tested 15 packs before selecting this one, ” Dory said. “It has breathable padding in the shoulder straps and waistband and has the Molle system for attaching additional items to the outside of the bag.”
Just like all the other components of her kits, the backpack is scaled to fit a woman, not a man. It holds a lot but the waist band and shoulder straps are situated to fit the form of the average woman.
Organized just right
Dory hand-packs each bag, so most items are organized in smaller containers. In one small Zip-loc, you’ll find a pad of paper and writing utensils. Another Zip-loc contains items for providing light and fire, including a tiny jar of lint from Dory’s dryer! (She truly has thought of everything!)
By the way, that bag of items for light include:
- a Candle in a Can
- a lightstick
- high quality Cree flashlight (battery packed separately)
- waterproof matches in a bright orange container
- dryer lint
- a headlamp
Pretty darn complete!
The feminine hygiene pack contains tampons, pads, a box of 6 menstrual cups, feminine wipes, and GladRags reusable sanitary pads!
Does your husband’s emergency kit contain those??
With individual see-through bags, you can more easily find what you need among the dozens and dozens of items in this complete kit. My one suggestion for improvement would be labeling the bags for easier identification.
Food and water
Great minds think alike, so I was thrilled, but not surprised, when I saw Dory’s choice of water containers: mylar pouches.
I love these things! The mylar is heavy duty but the pouches are small enough for kids’ emergency packs and you can pack several of them in a single Zip-loc. The Mombies Complete Kit contains a dozen.
Dory and her family sampled various emergency bars and settled on the New Millennium Energy Bar, cherry flavored. It’s pretty tasty. Kind of like a rich coconutty-flavored shortbread cookie with a bit of cherry in the mix.
I’m not a big fan of packing a huge amount of food in a typical emergency kit because it takes up a lot of room and the more food you eat, the more water your body requires. And then of course, bathrooms become an issue.
Speaking of bathrooms, Dory has included a Zip-loc containing 2 pairs of pink plastic gloves for dealing with sanitation, a Go Anywhere toilet kit, Purell hand wipes, and a GoGirl, an ingenious device that, “allows women to urinate standing up.”
Wow. Did I mention that Dory has thought of everything?
Everything but the kitchen sink
If only the backpack with a tad larger, a kitchen sink could be included!
As it is, here are just a few of the highlights of the complete kit:
- An enhanced First Aid Kit. Dory found a (bright red!) first aid kit but then enhanced it with a heat pack, a pair of scissors, packs of sunscreen, anti-itch cream, moleskin, and more.
- A toiletry kit that anyone would love! Dory wanted her kit to include products with familiar brand names that didn’t contain strong perfumes. You’ll find St. Ives Oatmeal & Shea Butter moisturizer, basis bar soap, Herbal Essence shampoo and conditioner, Crest toothpaste, Secret anti-perspirant, Johnson & Johnson baby powder, and so much more. I love the toiletry kit!
- A collapsible water container.
- A solar-powered/hand-crank AM/FM radio with a siren, cell phone charger,a and flashlight
- A small, collapsible shovel. This one comes in a camo colored case, something Dory said she’ll change as soon as possible.
- You can see the complete list of contents here.
Special offers for Survival Mom readers
The Mombies Complete Kit is priced at $399, a high-ticket item, to be sure. It is so packed, so complete, and so well-planned, that the price is a very fair one.
However, through the month of October, Dory is offering 2 specials.
- When ordering the Complete Kit, get a $99 discount with coupon code MOM99 at check out. (This only applies to the Complete Kit.)
- Get free shipping with any of the Build-a-Mombies kits. Use coupon code MOMFREE at checkout. (These are the individual components that make up Dory’s other kits.)
These offers expire October 31.
*Mombies is an official sponsor of The Survival Mom blog and The Survival Mom Radio Hour.
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