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Best meal management bags 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated September 1, 2018
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Norman RyanLet’s get started. After more than 37 hours of research, including interviewing two experts and spending 10 hours testing 16 popular meal management bags, I found the best meal management bags of 2018.

Eventually, I found something that would suit my needs but it occurred to me that I wasn’t the only one who might be having the same problems I did. So, you will find reviews on some models of meal management bags that impressed me (and a good many other people), and you will find a few informational pages as well.

Best meal management bags of 2018

You must have heard that the best meal management bags should allow you to save money, right? Sure, but that’s not the only reason you should consider getting one. I browse the various meal management bags available on the market and list three of the very best. Before you spend your money on meal management bags, start by familiarizing yourself with the various types. I am going to specify each good-to-buy feature as much as possible for your references.

Test Results and Ratings

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Total 4.8 4.5 4.3
Style
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4 points
4 points
Materials
5 points
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4 points
Construction
5 points
4 points
4 points
Value
4 points
5 points
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№1 – BloominGoods Meal Prep Bag

 
BloominGoods Meal Prep Bag

Pros
LUNCH ON THE GO: If you are looking for fast and efficient ways to control your meals and save yourself some money, then we got you covered. Get now the ultimate lunch bag (8″ width, 7″ depth and 7.75″ height) and make lunching on the go fun again!
SAFELY KEEP & CARRY YOUR FOOD: Thanks to their great craftsmanship, all our containers will safely carry your food without creating a mess. Enjoy now the (4) 2 cup containers and the (2) 1 cup containers and fill them with food, snacks, desserts and more!
Cons
Everything is OK.
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this meal management bags win the first place?

I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack.

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Style
5

5star

Materials
5

5star

Construction
5

5star

Value
4

4star

 

 

№2 – Fitpacker Meal Prep Bag – Double Insulation with 4 Meal Prep Containers

 
Fitpacker Meal Prep Bag - Double Insulation with 4 Meal Prep Containers

Pros
NOT JUST THE BAG: The Fitpacker meal prep bag Includes 4 Fitpacker Original 28oz meal prep containers to take your meals with you wherever you go
SERVES ITS PURPOSE: Fully insulated cooler bag will keep your food fresh and cool/warm
STAY HYDRATED: Adjustable side bottle holder will carry your water or daily fluids
Cons
Heavy in weight as compared to others in our lineup.
It is not for the small jobs.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this meal management bags come in second place?

The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery.

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Style
4

4star

Materials
5

5star

Construction
4

4star

Value
5

5star

 

 

№3 – Innovator Insulated Meal Management Bag

 
Innovator Insulated Meal Management Bag

Pros
Fully insulated sports nutrition and meal management bag with two reusable freezer gel packs keeps meals cold for eight hours
Two sizes hold either 3 or 5 meals plus gear, sports nutrition products, water bottles, utensils and more
Includes 3 leak-proof, microwave/dishwasher safe, BPA-free Snap Lid Containers and one Sports Nutrition Container for organizing nutrition supplements
Cons
May be a little heavy for some users.
Longevity is in question.
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this meal management bags take third place?

I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. A very convenient model. It is affordable and made of high-quality materials.

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Style
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4star

Materials
4

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Construction
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Value
5

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meal management bags Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy meal management bags, right? No!

Issues

The bag is overall recommended because it carries a lot in a compact space. Trainers and athletes can pack several full meals and snacks in this bag. The shaker cup can easily mix meal supplements or protein powder for athletically-inclined users. The shaker bottle also doubles as a water bottle.

No shoulder strap

This bag is large enough to fit not just food, but other accessories as well. A folded towel and sunglasses can be carried with ease, particularly for those who wish to take the bag on a picnic or hiking trip. The bag also has a fleece-lined pocket and two additional insulated pockets. The larger compartment is designed to carry as many as three full meals. Cutlery utensils are not included, but they can be carried in the zipper compartment. The pack does include three plastic containers with lids. These containers are designed to hold meals, and the pack also includes a smaller container for carrying smaller items, such as vitamin supplements.

This pack is recommended for its organizational capabilities. The meal system even includes a small, removable pouch along with the bag. This pouch can hold small personal items, such as a cell phone or wallet.

Must be carried on the back with shoulder straps

This LISH bag is intended for the sporty user who wishes to tote multiple small meals and snacks at once, either to the gym or on a hiking trip. Users who wish to cook and transport healthy meals will find this bag a viable option. The bag has both a top carrying handle and a detachable shoulder strap. The six containers include four larger square containers and two smaller rectangular ones. One ice pack to keep food fresh and cool is also included in the bag. A small, plastic vitamin supplement container is also included. The side mesh pocket makes it easy to carry a water bottle or sports drink.

The included ice pack can keep food fresh for a couple of hours. However, if the user wants the food to stay fresh all day, it is highly recommended that the user purchase a second ice pack to go along with the included one.

The pack is overall recommended for its simplicity. It easily fits the six included containers, and there is a side pocket for additional storage space.

No extra features

In addition to the meal bag, this system also includes four large containers to fit up to four meals. An adjustable bottle holder is made onto the side of the bag, and this is intended for the user to carry a water bottle or another drink. The bag itself is insulated, which helps to keep food cool and fresh. Made for durability, the bag is lined with quality nylon inside and a polyester shell outside. Buyers have a choice between a red, black, grey or blue bag.

Overall, the bag is recommended as a good choice for those who want a simple bag and do not need lots of additional storage space.

Appearance

Meal prep bags come in all colors. Bright neon ones are best for the gym or best to be used as a travel cooler. A basic black bag is inconspicuous and looks professional. Neon colors are generally not a great fit for a professional office environment.

Straps and Handles

Some meal prep bags include both a carrying handle atop the bag as well as a shoulder strap. When shopping for a meal prep bag, the customer should consider which feature is most important. For ease of use, the shoulder strap is perhaps the most comfortable. A shoulder strap with a metal harness tends to be sturdier than a plastic one. Meal prep bags with only carrying handles on top will work if the bag is a small one (measuring less than 1inches high and 1inches wide). Otherwise, carrying the bag using the top handle will most often cause the bag to rip or come unstitched.

Insulation

All of the meal prep bags mentioned here are insulated, but in most cases, insulation simply consists of strips of foam underneath a layer of nylon. Even the best of these products can get worn down with time. Thus, the most trustworthy companies will offer a warranty.

Waist Belts

Waist belts are a great option for any photographer seeking a more ‘hands-free’ way of carrying their kit. Simplicity is the key and so you’ll find that there are essentially two main options available to you – fixed-capacity storage and modular arrangements.

Taking the first option, this is exactly what it sounds like. To oversimplify, think of a bumbag design but with great protection for your gear and you won’t be far wrong. Key features include padded internal dividers, a zipped lid and even mesh pockets on the outside. With a main buckle fastening at the front attached to a comfortable waist belt, some models also offer the option to be worn as a sling over the shoulder.

The beauty of modular waist belts is that they work on the ‘system’ principle – i.e. you add whichever pouches you want, essentially creating a setup which is perfectly tailored to your needs. Expect to find additional padding around the belt itself, accessory loops and attachment points, quick removal of pouches via easy-to-use buckles and optional shoulder straps.

Perhaps the biggest selling point of waist belts as a whole is the fact that all of the weight of your gear is transferred to your hips. This means less fatigue on your shoulders over the course of a long day out in the field, not to mention quick access to your kit while on the fly.

Shoulder Bags

The shoulder bag is perhaps the most popular option for many photographers. Tried and tested over the years, its design offers a combination of practicality along with robustness. Usually, there is also great scope for customising the internal compartments thanks to Velcro-attached, non-abrasive dividers, which are generally light and quick to reposition.

Things to look out for in particular include a strong, comfortable strap, durable zips with decent rain flaps and a practical grab handle on the top. Also, take a look underneath to make sure you get some form of ‘feet’ studs which will will do a good job of raising the bag off the ground just enough to keep moisture at bay.

Because this is one of the most popular categories of bag, you’ll find that it is also one of the most variable in terms of design. While a lot of features are shared (multiple pockets for accessories, pull-out waterproof covers etc), the physical appearance varies greatly – so there is bound to be a bag to suit your preference, whether it be a classic travel-reporter style or state-of-the-art ballistic nylon.

Backpacks

The use of photography backpacks has grown tremendously over the past few years, and it’s not difficult to see why. They have the distinct advantage of offering fantastic functionality along with increased capacity – perfect for anyone heading out and about for a photo trip, whether it’s just for the day, a weekend or longer.

As you might imagine, there’s a wide range of sizes available to satisfy all needs. Whether you want to carry a small camera (for example, a Compact System Camera) along with a packed lunch, waterproof clothing and accessories, or a full-on professional DSLR outfit and tripod, you’ll find many shared features which will make your kit carrying experience as comfortable as it can be.

Some backpacks have even bridged the gap into rolling cases, too, with discreet built-in wheels ready to go whenever the need arises – perfect for anyone who finds themselves heading across airport or railway concourses en route to their photography adventures.

Rolling Bags

Ok, so now we’re into slightly different territory. Rolling bags are definitely not going to be for everybody, but they do have one clear advantage – they completely remove the necessity to carry heavy kit on your shoulders. Again, this can make a huge difference over the course of a long day, not to mention if you have pre-existing back complaints.

As discussed above, there are models available which offer ‘occasional backpack’ functionality, and as you might imagine, these sport a tough nylon construction, complete with tuck-away straps. Some rolling bags actually look like traditional shoulder bags, so if this is your design of preference they’re well worth considering.

Because rolling bags are designed for the photographer on the go, it’s typical for their telescopic handles to store away down the back when not in use; this means easy transport in tight spaces such as car boots and train compartments.

Tripod Bags

Picking a bag for your tripod may not be the most obvious thought when it comes to building a camera system, but there are a number of reasons why it’s a worthwhile purchase – especially with prices starting at around the £mark.

Of course, you get the advantage of easy transportation for your tripod; most bags come with grab handles and/or a shoulder strap, and perhaps a small pocket on the outside. But more importantly, by using a bag you can ensure that your tripod stays in great shape – at least until it’s taken out for use on location.

The more basic tripod bags out there typically feature a single zip running full- or 3/4-length, but these typically do not offer any padding. The other main design to consider is one with a top zip which runs around the circumference of the bag. Some people say this offers quicker access, but it really is personal preference.

As you go up the price range you’ll find that padding comes as standard. Understandably, this can make a great difference to the tripod over the course of its life, protecting it from all manner of unfortunate scrapes with abrasive surfaces. It goes without saying that padding also improves the comfort for the user.

At the more technical end of the scale, some tripod bags are equipped with all manner of features including backpack-style harnesses, accessory pockets, multiple grab handles and even wheels for easy transportation.

Rain Covers

While many of today’s cameras benefit from improved moisture protection (thanks to effective seals around certain key areas on DSLR bodies and lenses, for example), when the weather really takes a turn for the worst, it isn’t worth taking the risk of dodging showers and hoping for the best while out and about.

No matter whether you’re using a small DSLR with a standard kit lens or a professional wildlife/sports setup with a 600mm long lens, there’s a cover to suit your needs.

Designs vary, of course, but there are a few features which are shared by most offerings. Typically, the cover will be of a nylon pull-over or zip-up construction, often featuring a drawcord which allows secure fastening around the front of the lens. On some models, you’ll also find a Velcro fastening here too, which does a great job of ensuring maximum protection from running water.

At the camera end, you have a choice of a drawcord fastening (which allows the camera back to be exposed if you so wish) or a completely tight seal, thanks to a compatible eye-piece which essentially allows the user unobscured use of the viewfinder. An alternative option here is also a simple clear cover arrangement which, although it falls over the front of your camera’s eyepiece, does offer a good level of protection.

As for controlling the lens/camera controls, some covers offer more flexibility than others. For example, as well as the main ‘body’ of the cover, some models feature sleeves for you to put your hand/forearms through; both elastic and drawcords are typically used for creating the weather-proof seal.

With some designs offering a modular approach (you can attach different lens covers to the body cover, for example), there is also an option for those who might want to venture out with a flashgun attached to your camera. Again, this component tends to be of a one-piece, see-through construction, so there is no loss of light output when the flash does fire.

Bag Accessories

As you can probably tell by now, once you have chosen your bag, very often the personalisation process doesn’t simply stop with arranging your kit into the various pockets and compartments of the base unit. Rather, there’s a whole host of accessories available which will allow you to customise everything from the type of straps you use to additional pockets which seamlessly fix onto designated attachment points.

If you choose a shoulder bag, for example, some manufacturers offer systems whereby you can remove the whole of the interior in one go – dividers and all – and switch it for another. This is especially handy if you shoot with two systems.

If you decide to take the hard case with foam-padding route, for example, there are replacement foam sets available. As I highlighted above, you really need to be sure of what’s going in that box before you start pulling out the padding; that said, sometimes it’s just not possible to future-proof your decision.

What To Look For In Meal Prep Bag

Backpack: As the way it is named, it comes with two straps and it is meant to be carried on the back. This is usually the largest. It can also be capable of holding more, even a laptop.

Single Strap: This works pretty much like a duffel bag and is perhaps the most common. There is a strap that you wear on your shoulder to carry this bag. It is often more comfortable.

Comfort: It is important to choose a meal prep bag that you will feel comfortable with. The straps should be padded so that carrying the bag will be comfortable.

Size: Consider how big is your appetite or how often you should eat to determine the right size of the meal prep bag that will be perfect for your needs.

Insulation: This is a good way to make sure that your food will retain its ideal temperature, even after hours of being stored in the bag.

Inclusions: What are included in the set of the meal prep bag that you will purchase? Aside from the actual bag, consider how many containers are included. In some cases, a protein shaker is also provided.

Design: You will be bringing your meal prep bag like a normal bag. With this, it is also important to consider the way it looks. A good option will also have several exterior pockets, providing ample amount of space for other things you have to bring.

Big Cycle Design Meal Prep Bag

This is another option that is great for budget-conscious buyers. More than its price, one more thing that you will love is its large size, which will allow you to prepare and bring more meals. It comes with six trays for portion control.

The trays are great because they are made from sturdy and thick materials, making it offer good insulation, so as the bag. To add, they are also made using BPA-free materials. You can have peace of mind knowing that it won’t be toxic.

If you want to have a risk-free purchase, you have another good reason to pick this product. You can have peace of mind knowing that the manufacturer is offering a satisfaction guarantee for 30 days. Within a month, if you are unhappy in any way with your purchase, the manufacturer will issue an unconditional refund.

If you want to make full recipes to eat throughout the week, go through your cookbooks and pick recipes that make large batches or choose ones that you can double. Even if a recipe is intended for one person or one night, just doubling or tripling it will allow you to cook it once and eat for a week. Before you head to the store, do the calculations first. Usually the rule of thumb is to double big items like fats, proteins, and produce, but adjust smaller items like spices and seasonings to taste. And when it comes to cooking, it usually won’t be double the time. Check the recipe for doneness at the time called for in the recipe, and if it’s not ready, check again in roughly five minute increments.

FIND INGREDIENT OVERLAPS

When picking recipes for meal prep, try grouping them by overlapping ingredients. If you need to make rice one night for a chicken curry dish, you can use it later in the week for fried rice. Spinach can be used in a salad or in the filling of lasagna roll ups. Have a hankering for making quinoa? Make a couple of these 1Delicious Ideas For Leftover Quinoa.

MIX IT UP

If you can’t fathom eating the same thing two days in a row, plan on making two or three different dishes that you can alternate or mix-and-match throughout the week. With the right planning and creativity, you can make the same food go a long way. By just making different sauces, already prepped chicken and vegetables can be an Asian stir-fry one night, Mexican chicken fajitas the next, and Italian chicken cacciatore another.

GO FREEZER-FRIENDLY

The first thing to consider when choosing recipes is making sure they’re freezer-friendly. Some food is better suited to freezing and reheating than others: “Soups, broths, smoothies and sauces can be frozen in ice cubes trays, which comes in handy for portion control and weight management. Veggie-based casseroles, whole-grain wrap burritos and homemade turkey or veggie burgers can be frozen individually, giving family members a healthy grab-and-go option,” explains Stephanie Brookshier, RDN, ACSM-CPT. When your meal is already made and only needs to be reheated, you’re less likely to give into calling for takeout on hectic evenings. For some more ideas, check out our roundup of 20 Healthy Freezer Meals to Lose Weight.

MAKE A LIST

Once you know how many meals you’re making and what you’re making, use your recipes to write a detailed shopping list with specific numbers, weights, and measurements. Jessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN explains, “Making a list will help you avoid unhealthy impulse buys, and knowing what you’re cooking in advance will prevent you from ordering sodium- and calorie-filled take-out fare or bingeing on whatever’s in the pantry when dinnertime rolls around.” Keep in mind to look through your pantry and fridge before heading out the door to see if you already have some things you need.

GET PROPER CONTAINERS

Make sure you have quality containers! Mason jars, tupperware, and plastic bags will all do. You can also check out a local restaurant supply shop for some takeout-style containers. If you’re unhappy with your plastic containers, recycle them and replace them with stainless steel or glass containers. If you’re going to go plastic, choose BPA-free containers with lockable lids to prevent spilling.

GET CHOPPING

Wash, chop, and prepare most of your veggies for the week—whether they’re going to be left raw or used in a cooked dish—and store them in tupperware containers. Ilyse Schapiro, MS, RD shares her reasoning, “I love vegetables, but I’m more likely to eat and cook them if they’re cut and ready to go. Store each vegetable in an individual container so when it comes time to cook, all you have to do it grab the ones you want and get to work. They’re also great to have on hand to snack on when you get hungry.” There are a few exceptions, though. For example, slicing strawberries ahead of time is a mistake because oxidation devalues some of their nutrition, and an herb like mint is best chopped immediately before using.

GET YOUR GRAINS

Whole wheat pastas, quinoa, farro, rice, barley, whatever your pick, get your grain on. These grains can be used as sides, the base of a bowl, or in main dishes like fried rice. Usually these grains will last in the fridge for two to three days, so be sure to freeze a portion if you plan to eat it later in the week.

UTILIZE YOUR GADGETS

It’s not easy to make two or three dishes by yourself. Why not break out those unused wedding gifts? Slow cookers, rice cookers, pressure cookers, oven, microwave, toaster oven, utilize them all! Yes, it might mean for a little extra clean up, but it will drastically cut your prep time down.

COOK SMALL

Instead of making large casserole-style dishes, if you’re making something like meatloaf, make it in individual portions instead of a whole loaf. Or, choose recipes that are already made pre-portioned, like muffins! That way, when you freeze it, it’s already ready to go, rather than you needing to thaw the whole portion and then take what you need out.

Fully cooking batches of things like casseroles, soups, enchiladas, or pasta dishes that you can reheat in the microwave or oven is always great, but “despite what many people think, you don’t have to cook entire meals ahead of time—that can be overwhelming” says Stephanie Brookshier, RDN, ACSM-CPT. Instead of baking, just prep all your food Sunday and sequester it raw into baggies. This way you don’t feel like you’re eating leftovers every day. Throw a bag of pre-portioned chicken and veggies into the slow cooker before work, or put an unbaked, frozen casserole dish in the oven right when you get home. Sometimes just a little shortcut here and there will save you hours in the long run.

CREATE BUILDING BLOCKS

Similar to a bouillon cube, you can make yourself meal building blocks to get dinner started in a jiffy. Freeze pre-portioned packets of chicken or vegetable stock, pesto, or herb compound butter, or make up baggies of your own spice mixes—oregano, basil, parsley, and thyme for an Italian dish; onion, garlic, and chili powder, paprika, cumin, and cayenne pepper for a Fajita seasoning; and chili powder, cumin, coriander, cayenne, paprika, and garlic powder for any barbeque rub.

TAKE A CHILL PILL

Not all food will last the whole week in the fridge, so be sure to freeze some of it. After you’ve cooked your food, you have to make sure it cools completely before putting it in the freezer. When you put away foods that are still warm, it can raise the general temperature of the freezer. When this happens, it may cause the food around it to partially thaw and refreeze, which alters the taste and texture. Moisture can also evaporate and condense in the plastic container, which will make your food mushy. To keep food safe, cool freshly cooked dishes by placing food in a wide, shallow container and refrigerate, uncovered, until cool. For soups, you can pour them into a metal bowl and set in an ice bath.

OPTIMIZE FREEZER STORAGE

Use moisture-proof zipper bags and containers to help minimize freezer burn. Store foods in small servings to help them freeze quickly and to allow you to defrost only what you need. If you’re storing individual servings of something, like pancakes, freeze everything first in a single layer. Once cold, you can stuff them all into a bag so they won’t stick together. For soups and stews, keep them in a plastic bag to save space: fill the bag and flatten it as you seal it to remove air from the bag and allow it to be stackable.

If you know someone who benches or squats, then I can guarantee you they will absolutely love a Bar Grip Full shirt from AFitness. Hell, even if they already have one, you can bet they’ll be happy to get a different color or design (I know I would).

Power Rack & Home Gym Equipment

Do you live with or know a lifter who wants to build a home gym? Or maybe they have a home gym, but they need to upgrade it.

If so, then the Titan T-power rack is the way to go. It’s arguably the best bang for your buck rack out there.

The higher price of competing racks may deliver slightly better quality. However, the vast majority of lifters wouldn’t notice or care about the minor (often cosmetic) differences.

Nutri Bullet Blender System

As a bodybuilder, meal preparation can be a tedious and time consuming process with lots of clean up.

A tool like the Nutribullet will help make that process easier and also eliminate some of the clean up.

If you want to go above and beyond with your gift, I’d recommend buying a Nutribullet recipe book as well. It’s cheap, but can really motivate the gift recipient to get the most out of the blender.

Food Scale

Successful bodybuilders stay on specific bulking or cutting diet plan depending on their current goal.

The most efficient way for bodybuilders to reach their physique goals is to stick to a diet plan.

A food scale allows them to weigh out food and calculate calories and macronutrients. This way, they can be precise and reach their body composition goals faster.

I’ve got the American Weigh Scale LB-3000. It’s great and comes with a bowl.

However, if I was buying again now, I’d probably get the Weighmax 2810-2KG. It also comes with a bowl, gets better review ratings and is nearly half the price.

Gymwear

Every bodybuilder needs good gym clothes to train in. The most important factor should be comfort and a fit that allows for full range of motion during exercise.

If the clothing also happens to show off their hard-earned physique, that’s a bonus – not only does this allow the bodybuilder to motivate himself by indulging in some healthy narcissism, but it lets him see his exercise technique and watch his muscles working during sets.

Supplement gift card

Just about every bodybuilder takes supplements, whether that be whey protein, pre-workouts, multivitamins, fish oils or any number of other health and performance supplements.

Especially if you don’t know which specific supplements to buy, then you can’t go wrong by with a gift card.

Generation Iron

All three of these can be had for a small price, so I recommend buying them all.

You may want to also consider getting The Comeback. I had never seen or even heard of this documentary until researching this topic. But it gets good reviews and is inexpensive, so I thought I’d give it a mention.

We proudly stand behind Canine Health and believe that it’s the best food available for improving overall health and wellness. If for any reason you (or your beloved companion!) aren’t satisfied, let us know and we’ll refund your money.

Cover the Windshield

Always Be Packin’ “I keep a scraper in the car all year round so I’m never caught off-guard,” Holland says. Case in point: Last August, she was camping in the far north and woke up to frost on her windshield. She was thankful her scraper was in its usual spot on the floor in the back seat. It’s good advice, because even if you’re in a temperate spot, weird weather patterns can roll through.

Down-to-Feather Ratio

Many manufacturers are now treating their down with hydrophobic compounds that certainly make them better at dealing with moisture (more on that later). But at the end of the day, synthetic insulation is king at staying warm when wet, since it won’t lose its structure, even if it isn’t quite as good at retaining heat. Legendary alpinist Steve House obsesses about traveling light expeditions, but will add ounces—sometimes pounds—of excess weight to his kit by bringing synthetic jackets and sleeping bags. “If I’m going to be overnight or on an expedition, I am going to go synthetic,” House said. He used a synthetic Patagonia Das Parka to guide in places like Denali and Chamonix since the nineties, long before he was sponsored by the company.

Ethical Concerns

There are plenty. Due to the fact that down is a bi-product of the of the goose and duck meat industry, and given that the vast majority of the down manufacturers are using is from far away places like China and Eastern Europe, it’s extremely difficult to keep track of how those ducks and geese are being treated before and during their slaughter.

Down-Synthetic Hybrids

Some materials companies (like synthetic insulation pioneer Primaloft) have combined synthetics with down in an effort to create a best of both worlds combo of warmth, weight, and water-repellency. This method involves actually intertwining hydrophobic-treated down with synthetic fills. The jury’s still out on these types of fills, and I haven’t used very many of them myself.

Though the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all provide emergency-supply checklists, those lists can be intimidating in their breadth and their specificity. In reality, for the most part you can assemble an emergency kit out of stuff you’d use anyway and may already own. There’s never a bad time to prepare for a crisis by stocking up on gear and organizing it so you know exactly where it is when you need it most. We did 120 hours of research and tested nearly 100 different products to come up with 3products that will be indispensable in case of a natural disaster—and helpful in everyday life, too.

Pull Quote

Staying clean helps you to avoid spreading germs or harboring infection—common problems in extended disasters.

Adventure Medical Kits Sportsman Whitetail

Everyone should take a basic first-aid course. Once you have those skills, you’ll want some supplies to use them with. Based on the advice of two paramedic firefighters (one of whom is a CERT trainer), guidelines from the American Red Cross and FEMA, and over 1hours of research, we can say that the Adventure Medical Kits Sportsman Whitetail first-aid kit is the best choice for most people to stash with their emergency-preparedness supplies. This portable, well-organized kit comes with easy-to-follow instructions and everything you’ll need to handle basic (and some not-so-basic) injuries for up to four people. Cheaper kits will give you similar supplies and equipment, but the Sportsman Whitetail’s superior organization and documentation make it worth paying extra for.

Our experts told us that the Sportsman Whitetail comes with more critical supplies and better organization than less expensive kits, without unnecessary extras. At a good cost, it provides most of the items that trained and untrained individuals might need to help an injured person during an emergency.

While other kits we found, such as the Red Cross Deluxe Family Kit, come organized in sections based on injury type, none let you see all of the supplies you have to work with—clearly labeled with easy-to-use instructions—the way all Adventure Medical Kits, including the Whitetail, do. We also liked that the instructions are supplemented by a comprehensive guidebook that provides greater details on treatments and when it is important to get someone to medical aid right away.

Our paramedics also preferred the Whitetail over the cheaper Adventure Medical Kits Adventure 2.0 First-Aid Kit, which we recommend in our road trip guide. While the supply lists for the two kits seem similar, the Whitetail is better suited for times when professional medical help may be delayed. Only the Whitetail kit includes a guidebook that covers injury treatments in greater depth. The Whitetail also forgoes a number of items that the 2.0 kit has, such as a compass, a small emergency whistle, and insect-repellent wipes, in favor of more useful medical hardware such as a triangular bandage for immobilizing injured limbs or embedded objects, a wound irrigation syringe, and EMT shears.

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Supplies that the Grizzly offers but cheaper kits often omit include a one-way-valve CPR mask, antidiarrheal medications, additional doses of the painkillers and antihistamines found in the Whitetail, and a C-splint for stabilizing broken or sprained limbs. To stop serious bleeding, the Grizzly also comes with an additional trauma pad, a hemostatic QuikClot sponge, and a SWAT tourniquet (according to our paramedic experts, you should use a tourniquet only as an absolute last resort), as well as the instructions on how and when to use them—features that the Whitetail doesn’t have. To accommodate all this gear, the Grizzly is a bit heavier and larger than the Whitetail (it measures 1by by inches versus  7.by 5.by 3.inches for the Whitetail, and it weighs just over pounds).

Although you could buy all of these items separately, the Grizzly kit includes instructions with every item, and it’s packed so that most anyone, trained or untrained, will be able to use the supplies properly.

In the event of a fire, earthquake, or hurricane, airborne dust and debris could make breathing unsafe. Even the best face masks can’t completely block germs, but they’re at least useful for keeping particulate matter out of your nose and lungs. The FDA says N95-certified respirators can help to reduce the risk of illness in a public health emergency. Enter the 3M 921Cool-Flow N9Particulate Sanding Respirator Mask. Unlike our former N9mask pick, the 3M 1860 Medical Mask N95, the 3M Cool-Flow mask comes with a valve to allow the moist air you exhale out of the mask. That’s a win for anyone who wears glasses—the feature will help keep your lenses from fogging up. This mask is cheap and effective, but in a pinch you could cut a 2-foot square from a T-shirt, wet it, wring it out, fold it in half like a bandana, and tie it over your nose and mouth.

Our pick

Husky’s bags are extra-thick to ward off punctures—important if garbage pickup is delayed and your full bags of trash end up sitting in your yard for weeks or longer.

Light and heat

One of the lessons we’ve learned as we revisit the topic of emergency gear is that a disaster kit doesn’t have to be something you tuck away in a corner and then drag out only when the worst happens. We’ve found that our recommended headlamp and lantern, for example, are among the most frequently used items on our overall list. You can stow the headlamp in a bedside drawer for emergencies, as well as for late-night reading when your partner is asleep. The lightweight lantern can stay on the front table, handy for when you need to walk a friend home after dark. You can practice your fire-making skills over the grill, or on your next camping trip. In fact, if disaster strikes and you’re staring at a bunch of equipment you’ve never used before, you’re asking for trouble.

Communication and power

No one wants to think about being trapped during a natural disaster, but it does happen. Screaming for help might get a rescuer’s attention, but the high-pitched shrill of a whistle is far more likely to cut through the din of a fire, a windstorm, or emergency sirens.

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Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your meal management bags wisely! Good luck!

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