The Nitro-Pak 72 Hour Survival Kit Review

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
The Nitro-Pak 72 Hour Survival Kit Review

Let’s face it. No matter how much we hope we will never have to evacuate the comfort of our homes, there is always a possibility that circumstances will require that we gather our emergency supplies and leave on a moment’s notice. Alternately, when a disruptive event occurs while we are away from home, we want to be prepared with whatever we need to get back home safely.

These days, everyone on the planet is telling us that we need a well stocked bug-out-bag, or go-bag, with enough gear to get you by for at least 72 hours. So where do you start?

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If you are like me, at some point you put together a very basic kit using items you already owned. From there, you advanced to a more robust pack filled with the esoteric items of survival: an emergency radio, a tactical knife, some form of rudimentary shelter, a first aid kit, and fire-making supplies.

As easy as it may be to be smug in the knowledge that you now have a Bug Out Bag, over time you are going to want to refresh and renew, or even start over. You are also going to want to add kits to each vehicle and if you work, keep an additional kit at the office or in your plant locker.

Today I am thrilled to introduce you to the Nitro-Pak Two Person 72 Hour Survival Kit . This is an all-in-one kit that is filled with all of the essentials that two people will need to get by for a three days following an emergency, disaster, or what I call

Not only that, the nice folks at Nitro-Pak are providing the same Survival Kit valued at $149, to one lucky Backdoor Survival reader. More about that in a moment.

The Nitro-Pak 72 Hour Survival Kit – Observations

My first observation when I took the Nitro-Pak Kit out of its box was that everything arrived, all at once, pre-packed in a brightly colored, fluorescent orange and black nylon backpack. At first I was put off by the color but upon thinking about it, I realized that the bright color makes the pack easy to identify in the dark when you may be in a hurry to find your kit and LEAVE. It is easily identifiable.

Something else I notices was that unlike other kits I have ordered for testing, all of the components arrived together, nicely packed inside the backpack. Nothing is more annoying that to order a kit only to find that the piece parts arrive over a period of weeks and then, when they do, they do not come together in the pack the way I had expected.

Another observation is that there was sufficient room in the kit to add personal items such as a jacket, clean socks and underwear, meds, and even a tablet computer. It helps that there are lots of zippered pockets, making organization a cinch.

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On the trail with my Nitro-Pak 72 Hour Emergency Kit

Although I did not have a problem hiking a local trail with the pack onboard, I did put it on the scale to get some idea of the weight. It came in at just under 18 pounds before adding extras. The weight of an emergency kit is not something to trivialize because if the pack is too heavy, at best you won’t get far and at worst you will hurt yourself while carrying it.

I took a 2 mile hike with the loaded pack and had no problems whatsoever. Granted, 18 pounds is not a lot of weight but at 105 pounds, I am on the small side and was concerned about carrying even 18 pounds without straining or tiring.

I need not have worried. The design of the pack is such that you can adjust the straps so it fits perfectly. The only issue I had is when I donned the pack while sitting down near the edge of the lake. Perhaps it was my age or the terrain, but I had a problem getting up. My recommendation is that you stand up first and then put the pack on. Common sense, really.

The Gear

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Some of the item in the Nitro-Pak Kit – a few items left out of the photo

Here is a complete list of what is included in the Nitro-Pak Kit, organized by category.

Warmth & Shelter

  • 2 – Emergency SPACE® Brand Blankets
  • 1 – Deluxe Heavy-Duty Tube Tent
  • 2 – Emergency Rain/Wind Ponchos

Cooking, Heating, & Light

  • 1 – 36 hr. Emergency Candle with 3 Wicks (use 1 to 3 wicks for more light or heat)
  • 1 – Industrial “AA” Size Flashlight with Batteries
  • 2 – Pair of Hand/Pocket Warmer Heat-Paks
  • 1 – 12 hr. Instant Lightstick
  • 1 – Box of Waterproof Matches (45 matches)

Water & Hygiene Items

  • 24 – Purified Drinking Water Pouches (4.2 ounces each)
  • 1 – Water Filtering Bottle (mine was this Aquamira CR-100 Filter Bottle )
  • 18 – Wet-Wipe Packets
  • 2 – Compact Sanitation/Toilet Tissue Packs
  • 2 – Compact Facial tissue Paks
  • 2 – Disposable Sanitation Bags
  • 1 – Trash Bag


  • 1 – 60 Item First Aid Kit w/ Instruction Book

Food Items

  • 2 – 3600 Calorie Cookie Tasting Ration Bars
  • 2 – Rolls of Lifesavers Candy
  • 6 – E-mer’gen-C® Energy Drink Packets


  • 1 – Premium Heavy Duty Nylon Backpack
  • 1 – 15-Function Pocket Knife
  • 1 – Deluxe AM/FM Radio with Batteries (mine is the Kaito Voyager Trek Solar/Crank with SW NOAA Weather Radio)
  • 1 – Emergency Survival Whistle
  • 1 – 50′ Nylon Cord
  • 1 – Pair of Leather Gloves
  • 1 – Writing Pad, Pencil, and Ink Pen
  • 1 – Deck of Playing Cards
  • 2 – N95 Hospital Grade Dust Masks

My kit also came with a nice welcome letter and a thank you pouch of Mountain House food. I thought that was a nice touch and definitely something I have not seen from other vendors.

What’s Missing?

No pre-packaged emergency kit will be 100% complete. With the Nitro-Pak survival kit I will want to add few personal items such as a flash drive with copies of important documents, a selection of essential oils, pet food, No-Rinse bath wipes, prescription meds, my personal weapon, and the aforementioned clothing. I will also add a SunJack Portable Solar Charger for my electronic devices,

In addition, although packs of water as well as water filtering bottle is included, my personal comfort zone dictates that I add a Lifestraw as well. I will also add at large hank of Paracord which will be stronger than the included nylon cord.

The Giveaway

Here is the part you have been waiting for. A 72 Hour Survival Kit has been reserved for one lucky reader. To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article. Please note that the winner must claim their prize within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note: If you decide to purchase a kit and are subsequently declared the winner, Nitro-Pak will issue a refund on your purchase.

About Nitro-Pak

I am proud to announce that this giveaway launches a new relationship between Backdoor Survival and Nitro-Pak. For the past couple of months I have been coming up to speed on their product line and look forward to reviewing more items and especially coming through with some fabulous discount opportunities on Mountain House products.

They are a great company to deal with and I look forward to sharing the best of Nitro-Pak with Backdoor Survival readers.

The Final Word

When I first started prepping way back when, the availability of decent, well priced kits was non-existent. I still have the original pack I put together myself but honestly, this pack, with a few exceptions, beats it to heck.

I plan on ordering this kit for my brother and his wife, my nephew, and my niece and her husband. None of them prep so with this kit, I will have some comfort in knowing that at the very least, they are all set with the basics.

This is a great giveaway every item in the pack specially selected for the Prepper with usefulness in mind. Good luck!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin: Below you will find the items related to today’s article.

Mountain House Food from Nitro-Pak: For the best prices on Mountain House, shop Nitro-Pak. Their prices are great plus they offer a 110% price match guarantee.

No Rinse Bathing Wipes: These wipes are perfect for keeping yourself clean when running water – or showers – are not available. A pack or two would be perfect in a bug out bag.

SunJack Portable Solar Charger: SunJack® helps mobile users stay charged on the go anywhere the sun shines. The SunJack® is able to fully charge its internal battery pack in about 5 hours of direct sunlight, or directly power any USB device. When the sun isn’t shining, users can still energize their devices from the powerful SunJack® battery, which holds enough charge to power up to 4 iPhones.

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2oz. making it perfect for the prepper. There is also a larger sized LifeStraw Family currently available with free shipping.

Paracord – Made in the USA: An ideal all-around utility cord in the field, paracord is tough and long lasting. It is made from 550-pound test nylon and features a seven-strand core for maximum strength. Also, it is manufactured in the United States. Note that some colors may be more expensive than others. Need ideas? See 44 Really Cool Uses of Paracord for Survival.

Kaito Voyager Trek Solar/Crank AM/FM/SW NOAA Weather Radio with 5-LED Flashlight: This simple to operate radio can be powered by three AAA batteries or the built-in rechargeable Ni-MH battery which in turn can be charged by hand cranking, by solar panel or even by a PC. . The 7-weather channels are pre-programmed and numbered from 1-7, you can easily and conveniently tune into the stations by adjusting the switch. Note that not all emergency radios include the NOAA weather band so this is an important feature.

Aquamira CR-100 Filter Bottle: It’s easy to filter water anywhere and take a clean drink when you’re carrying the Aquamira Capsule Water Bottle and Filter. This BPA-free water bottle is equipped with a built-in activated carbon filter that rids any water of taste, odor, and harmful bacteria like Cryptosporidium and Giardia. Filters up to 100 gallons of water. Holds 25 oz. of water.

Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: A Backdoor Survival claimed that these work great. So I bought one. Then I bought another. All told, I now have 8 of these spread out in drawers, in emergency kits, the car, everywhere. This is my number one pick for a small, but effective flashlight.

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162 Responses to “The Nitro-Pak 72 Hour Survival Kit Review”

  1. I have such limited funds, but that will not stop me from preparing for emergencies to keep my family safe.

  2. The most important thing to include in a 72 hour pack I think would be water related. You need to have some way to obtain and clean water for drinking. A lifestraw, purification tablets with a container of some kind to put the water in or a heat proof container and means to start a fire so you can boil the water. You need to have something, even if it’s just a few bottles of water, it’s better then nothing. Without water or a means to get it, we won’t last long.

  3. Thanks for the chance to win a kit. Just wanted you to know you are a rock star with all the information you provide on your blog. Really appreciate all your help. Thank you!

  4. As important as all the rest of the items are, my first thought is my medications. Without them I might not survive the 72 hours anyway. This is a wonderful giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to win it and a special thanks for all the time you give helping others to help themselves. Good luck everyone.

  5. Most important item I believe is a water filter bottle or life straw as water is most important item we need. We can use our head and improvise shelter, we can go without food for a while, but water is essential.
    Thank you in advance for this awesome giveaway!

  6. Thanks, any of us would be fortunate to win this one!!! I had the same thought as Kris. I would need to make sure I had my RX and other medications ready to go in the pack as well.

  7. Something to stay dry and warm. I carry a large poncho and a small blanket, like what the airlines used to pass out on their flights. Nights usually get cool, and wrapping up in a small blanket will help you rest during the night. Besides the obvious keeping dry aspect of using the poncho, it can also be used as an additional layer with the blanket to trap heat.

    I also have one of those aluminum “survival blankets”, but they don’t appear to be readily reused.

  8. The most important thing I think I need in my bag is my Bible. It gives me strength, focus, and allows me to stay calm in dire situations.

    • If you had to choose between a gun and your bible (and you can only pick one) which would you choose?

    • I can pray and praise God without my Bible, but I cannot shoot(defend myself & my family or take small game) without my gun…. and hopefully, an adequate supply of ammo.

  9. Always pays to be prepared! This looks like a great kit to have in each vehicle and even one or two at home ready to go.

  10. I think water and food and of course a means of potty break & clean up- you can get through most things if you have a full tummy and a way to potty & clean up.

  11. A way to make water safe to drink, food for energy, a way to keep warm or cool (fire or rag to wet an cool yourself) and a map and compass. We also never leave home without wipes!

  12. Probably the one I would think to be of highest importance, would be clean, fresh water. Water from a prepackaged bottle is fine as long as you rotate your stock. Believe it or not, water will eventually “eat” right thru the plastic bottle holding it. That’s why I have a Lifestraw!

  13. Hard decision there are many things that are equally important one of the top items would be a type of water purifying object whether it be the pills added or something such as the Lifestraw!

  14. Thank You Gail for the info!! I even am thinking seriously about ordering at the beginning of the month from their site!!

    • (silly thing posted before i could finish!)

      the rest of my comment is that i think that one of the important things it actually the water which is included along with the filter– the other important thing would defiantly be the pet food which i would actually get this new thing out there called ‘turbo pup’– its an entire serving of food for your dog but in a bar!! they are perfect for bug out bags! the cats even like it!

  15. the one thing would be a way to start a fire. Can live 3 days without water but not one night with the temps like they are now.

  16. I would have to say it is fire. It can do so much for you…keep you warm, boil water,cook food, keep wild animals at bay,keep you occupied, and provide a sense of comfort and security.
    Thanks for the great website. I always look forward to your next article.

  17. This is a great refresher for what to include in your “bug-out bag”. Something I didn’t think of until my husband mentioned it to me, is remembering to include something for entertainment. You may have periods of time where you need to be still and keep your mind off of things or keep your brain stimulated. We included a couple of small puzzle books (word searches, crosswords, etc.) plus a dictionary in our bags!

  18. A 72hr kit SHOULD have food & water, a couple changes of socks (wet feet are uncomfortable, as well as dangerous in cold weather), and I truly believe you should have copies of your ID in there. For a woman who never goes anywhere without her purse, it could easily become lost, or if you are escaping from a tornado or your house burning down…destroyed.

  19. I think the most important item to have is something to allow you to get water. Since carrying 20 bottles of water is probably not practical, a Lifestraw or similar item would be a must.

  20. Looks like a great pack. I would definitely add my lifestraw to it. Thanks for another awesome giveaway!

  21. Dear Gaye you are amazing with the giveaways. Extremely relevant giveaways. This is the best stocked bag that I have seen and I would love to win it. I have not done well with the 72 hour concept and right now my bag is unliftable because it has 80 oz of water in 4 sturdy bottles and enough dry food for a month. Which of course has to be cooked using up the water. I just have not been able to let go of all the rice beans and oatmeal. So it would really help to win this and get a grip on what 72 hours means. Thanks.

  22. Many years ago I ordered a Redi Freddie pack that has the same or similar items. I have added to the bag over the years to include a Farmers Almanac, useful to have weather info, full moon to hike by and many other resourceful information. Also I included topo maps of all the parks in my area as well as two way radios and extra batteries.
    My pack comes in at about 20 pounds with clothing and additional food included. I am short in stature but weigh much more than you do Gaye, so this is a comfortable weight to hike up or down the mountains where I live and play.
    Thanks for the opportunity for someone who may just be starting out to get this wonderful pack.

  23. this sounds like a really good kit/pack. I really love your blog and all the info you give us. I have tried many of your suggestions ,hints and reccommended products. thank you for all that you do.

  24. Since I’m a RN I’d have to say I need my First Aid kit and I’ve been known to throw things in the kit like water purification tabs so it is a Plus Kit for me. Of course my kit has a knife too. Very good info and gets you thinking more to prep.

  25. Water is a primary component of a bug out bag. Like you, I think a Lifestraw would be an excellent addition to this kit!

  26. What a great pack, will make a great gift for those loved ones who just won’t do any prep for emergencies! Putting one together on your own is a lot of hassle, so this is a perfect, easy way to get a bug-out foundation to customize. Thanks for your wonderful first person research and info!

  27. Limited to one item I would say a water filter. Without clean water a person will last only 3 days and then the person is dead. I think that this is the most important item.

  28. I agree with all of the others, water, purification method, fire, knife, weapon, a change of clothes, and what ever else that I felt I needed at that moment of truth.

  29. A LifeStraw…though medications, matches, high-calorie lightweight food and some sort of portable shelter run a close #2 through #5!

  30. Water of course. But besides the basics, I think a flash drive with copies of important papers like drivers license, birth certificate, insurance policies, photos of house and contents. If you are bugging out its probably because of a natural disaster. If your house gets destroyed the flash drive will make rebuilding easier.

  31. I feel the MOST important item in an emergency kit is water. I would follow that with food, shelter, and first aid kit in that order. Depending on situation and time I would add personal protection items and more water/food!

  32. The most important item in any kit should be maps. Gear and supplies can be improvised along the travel route. But if you don’t have any idea where to go or how to navigate around blocked roads then you’ll be in trouble.

  33. I would like to have it because I could say, ” It was someone else who thought I would need this “. The responsibility to acquire all the item needed is a big one.

  34. There are a lot of things useful in a pack like this, but I have to say I hate using rafflecopter to enter a drawing.

  35. If you would let me also take activated charcoal capsules ( which I could use to make a water filter), I would say a knife. That could be used to make shelter, forage for food, protection, make bow drill for fire, make snares for trapping, prep food for cooking, etc. If I cannot have the charcoal, I have to go along with most others and say water filter.

  36. This is an attractive and practical prep item; thanks for the great giveaway. It is much more complete than my humble bag…

  37. A very basic kit with the not even the minimum for survival. Really, a pint of water per person per day? It leaves a lot of holes in one’s 72 hour bag. Lot of fluff like a deck of cards, but no compass or signal mirror. No fire striker if the matches get wet. They say they are waterproof, but that is not always true. It may even give a false sence of security. It will sit in the closet never tested, until too late. I would have to beef it up like Gaye did if I wanted to give it to someone.
    Some of the comments speak of localized and temporary disasters such as tornados and earthquakes, etc. In those situations, add cash and a credit card to your BOB and go stay in a hotel and not camp in the woods. Don’t forget a toothbrush.

  38. Thanks for another great product review. other than fire starter, I think I would need a good book. it comes with playing cards, but when stranded somewhere I’d rather just take my mind off the stress for even a little while. Doesn’t take up much space and in desperation its fire material.

  39. The idea of having a pack that is already furnished with supplies would really be a good start for me and probably for a lot of others. Thank you for having the drawing and for the review.

  40. Many great suggestions above for add-ons… I might add a Bic type lighter, cash, credit card (might be useful or useless depending on situation, but doesn’t take up much space)LifeStraw, toothbrush, mini toothpaste, oooops! perhaps you said which one item would I add. This looks like a good 72 hour pack and I’m seriously thinking of ordering it if I don’t win the drawing.

  41. My son travels for his work. I am concerned about how he would be able to get home during an emergency. It would be wonderful to win this kit for his truck. Mom would sleep better!

  42. That looks amazing! I’ve looked at lots of packs, this one looks really good. Thanks for running a brilliant giveaway!

  43. I have just begin prepping, and live on fixed income, as I became disabled last year. I have not yet added a BUG out bag. This seems like an awesome bag, would love to win, thank you for giving the opportunity to some lucky winner(hopefully me 🙂

  44. Just bought some water boxes and Lifestraws for all BOB’s in the family. Water is the most important thing!Love this BOB- would be great for my grandson’s own.

  45. Following the rule of 3’s, the most important item to have is something for shelter. A small tent, tarp with cord, hatchet to cut branches for a frame- anything to help shelter from rain, wind, and extreme temperatures.

  46. Everyone certainly needs one for sure!!! I am going to share this with the Scouts in my neighborhood and hope they will all strive to get one of these and the families too. Great product to have!

  47. the one tangible thing would be a gun along with commnsence and cunning. I would need those things to get to my 72hr bag and from there……?(I could really use this)

  48. The most important item for any survival situation is shelter. Then water, food and heat. Thanks for the chance to get it all in one handy pack!

  49. A plan for when SHTF and definitely a LifeStraw water filter and copies of all your important documents ie passports etc

  50. water and warmth- and i’m good stranded for a few days i guess. very nice reveiw. always good to be prepared!

    • Oops. Forgot to answer the question. I would prefer paracord to the nylon cord, just because it is so much stronger.

  51. Most important items would be water, or a way to purify what you find, and shelter. Next would be food, or a way to get food and start a fire.

  52. I would definitely think water is extremely important to have on hand for a 72 hour kit. Thanks for this awesome giveaway. I’m just getting started on my storage and am excited to learn more!

  53. “What do you feel is the most important item to include in a 72-hour emergency kit?”
    Since this question isn’t asking what “single” item is most important, I feel that the WHOLE 72-hour emergency kit is the most important item. I am like many of the others who have commented that are on a limited budget, but my mother, my wife, and kids are the most important thing in my life, so having emergency kits for each and every one of them is stop priority for me. I’ve put together some rather extensive bags, but reviewing the Nitro-Pak 72 Hour Survival Kit, my bags may need some help!

  54. I believe the most important thing would be water related. Purification via chems or lifestraw and maybe some pouches of water or bag to carry water should you find it in your travels.

  55. Love your website, it is always full of information. For this kit I would add a compass, the weapon of my choice as you pointed out and a portable battery backup for my phone.

  56. if you want to survive for 72 hours with this pack, you will have to replace the aquamira bottle with a lifestraw or something else that filters out bacteria! cryptosporidium and giardia are parasites, not bacteria, and if you were filling the bottle from a fast-moving mountain stream, that might be all you need to worry about. but in a shtf situation, bacteria from other humans will be the biggest danger–like cholera, which always shows up after disasters–and this bottle will NOT protect you from that, or e-coli, or the plague or any other bacterial disease.

  57. I really can’t believe that I won! Wow – thank you Gaye for offering and thank you Nitro-Pak for sharing this. I am really excited. Never won anything like this before, can’t wait to get it. Thanks

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