72 Hr Kit (Bug Out Bag) For Pets

When you create 72 hr. kits for your family, don’t forget the pets. They need to be prepared too. I was grateful that I had kits prepared for them when I had to evacuate my home due to Hurricane Matthew.  Pet 72 hr. kits are very easy to put together, and you probably already have most of the things they need on hand.

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  • First on your list should be getting your pets microchipped and make sure that they are wearing collars with up to date tags. On my pets, I have a tag for their rabies shots and a tag that I made at the local pet store that has my name and number on it.
  • In an emergency situation where we’d have to evacuate I’ll have my hands full so I bought this dog backpack so that he can carry his own 72 hr. kit. In one side of the dog backpack there is the dog’s things, in the other side I have the cat’s things. Make sure to put it on your dog often so that they get used to it being on their back.

            For the Dog:

  • a gallon sized bag of food. Make sure to rotate it out!
  • an extra collar
  • leash
  • some treats
  • a toy
  • waste bags
  • hand sanitizer
  • Pet first aid kit and guide book. I have this book in my pet’s kit.
  • It’s so important to also include a copy of their shot records. Put it in a Ziploc bag in case it gets wet.
  • A few water bottles per pet were added as well
  • I bought these collapsible bowls­ for their food/water

         For the cat:

  • Food
  • treats
  • collar
  • toy
  • shot records
  • water bottles
  • If staying in your home isn’t safe for you, then it isn’t safe for your pets either. I looked up local disaster shelters that accept pets so that if I do have to evacuate I can take them with me. I printed a paper of the names and addresses of the shelters and included it in the pets’ 72 hr. kit.
  • Include any medicines that they might need.

And that’s it! Pet’s don’t need very much, but making sure that they have what they need in a disaster situation is important. After all, they’re part of the family!

Check out this page for tips on pet preparedness in the home.

One thought on “72 Hr Kit (Bug Out Bag) For Pets

  1. Abigail

    June 16, 2017 at 8:51am

    Great tips, our pets are part of the family and they need the same care and thought!

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  2. Nina

    June 14, 2017 at 5:13pm

    First what an adorable dog! Second this list is lovely. As you said, the pets can often be overlooked. So thank you for making this list!

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  3. Brandi Crawford

    June 13, 2017 at 12:40pm

    What a great list! This is a very informative post. I haven’t even thought about creating an essentials list for my Yorkie. Definitely going to implement this.

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  4. David Elliott

    June 12, 2017 at 7:46pm

    This is a very cool post. Not only because it’s essential to know what to have, but because I totally would have spaced on having those things for my pets. I generally don’t think about having that. In the event that I am away from my pet for a while, I wonder what I would need to do or have ready in the house.

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  5. Esse D

    June 12, 2017 at 5:08pm

    This is really thoughtful. I never really thought about having an emergency prep kit for pets. I currently don’t have pets, but can see why this would be important.

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  6. Elizabeth Brico

    June 12, 2017 at 4:18pm

    Oh wow we probably should make one just for ourselves, especially with my giant earthquake plan which involves running uphill as fast as I can to avoid being swallowed by a tsunami :/ We don’t have any pets, but hope to get a dog soon, so at that time, I’ll definitely check back here to get a refresher on what we need to include! It’s awesome that you are remembering your pet’s needs too.

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  7. Tracey

    June 12, 2017 at 3:27am

    I don’t have pets, but this is such an awesome post. I would like to think I would think of them, but who knows. Now if I get a pet I most certainly will have a 72 hr kit for them as well.

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  8. Rosey

    June 12, 2017 at 3:00am

    The pets do need to be included in all that we prepare. I love the pics of them looking right at you. 🙂

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  9. Nicole Anderson

    June 12, 2017 at 12:00am

    Before reading this post I had never heard of a 72 hour kit for pets. As they are definitely a part of the family, this is something that we should all think about having. You never know when you may need it.

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  10. colleen

    June 11, 2017 at 7:54pm

    This post is so important. Many are left not knowing what to do with pets during an emergency,

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  11. Elizabeth O

    June 11, 2017 at 4:28am

    Both of your pets look ready to hit the road; ready for anything is what really comes to mind. It is wise to have a game plan … just in case.

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  12. Corinne & Kirsty

    June 10, 2017 at 11:14am

    Look at these fury babes… so cute! I dont have a dog, nor any pet for that matter (flatmate is allergic, boo him) but I shall remember these tips when I move into my own flat and get a kitten! xx corinne

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  13. Pam

    May 13, 2017 at 2:30pm

    I didnt even consider my fur babies. Thanks for the helpful ideas

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