Dog bug out bag kit for your pet

10 Items For A Dog Bug Out Bag Kit

Just as you hopefully have at least a minimal emergency kit for yourself (such as a 72-hour kit in your vehicle, a bug-out-bag or get-home-bag for ‘just in case’), do you have one for your pet dog? A dog bug out bag kit? An emergency survival kit for your dog?

There are several situations to consider. Among them is sudden evacuation from your home. Another is a longer-term ‘shelter in place’ at home whereby you have to rely on the supplies that you have on hand. In any event, you should consider keeping some emergency essential supplies for your pet dog.

Here are some items to consider keeping at the ready for an emergency kit for your dog:

Enough Dog Food – For Bug Out Bag Kit, Or, For Stay At Home

First, a note… When I refer to a “bug out bag”, I don’t necessarily mean a single ‘bag’. It’s just a term commonly used among the preparedness community. In my view, it broadly references having a set of supplies readily accessible to take with you if you have to go.

What kind of food do you feed your dog? Canned food? Dry food? Both? Anyway, our mini-Dachshund eats both. He’s on a special diet, special food. In fact it requires a veterinarian prescription ($Cha-$Ching…goes the cash register). He eats a combination of canned and dry.

I always keep plenty on hand. Especially given today’s sporadic supply chain problems and shortages, one never knows how long it might take to get this food! Plus, it’s just embedded in my lifestyle to have more than ‘just enough’ on hand…

If I had to bug in, or bug out, I know that I have enough. The quantity to keep on hand would depend on the hypothetical circumstances, and your own threshold tolerance whereby you feel comfortable with the quantity.

It’s not rocket science. The simple point here is not to forget your dog when it comes to acquiring extra food for ‘just in case’.

Don’t forget to include a food bowl for your dog bug out bag kit of ‘stuff’.

We purchased the following collapsible style bowls for our dog’s food and/or water. It’s not his primary food / water bowl for at home, but we have several. For the truck, for his bike pet trailer, going on a long walk (though he’s older now and doesn’t walk all that far these days).

They make small and large sizes:

Silicon Collapsible Dog Bowls
(view on amzn)

Oh, I mentioned the bike pet trailer… It’s awesome! Sampson loves it. Although we don’t plan on bugging out on a bicycle, we simply use it for taking him along on bike rides. This is the one we have…

Schwinn Rascal Bike Pet Trailer

Water For Your Dog

While I recommend that you always have some water in your vehicle (water bottles, a jug,) – you could simply share some with your pet. Therefore, be sure that you have enough for all of you. Like I just mentioned, we keep a collapsible water bowl for our dog to drink water (space saving).

The same with your own personal readiness and preparedness, an important essential is a drinking water filter. A good one for home (e.g. Berkey Counter-top), and a good portable drinking water filter for your vehicle, bug out bag kit, emergency kit, etc..

Speaking of water, here’s Sampson lounging on my lap at a beach in Maine several years ago during a summer vacation:

Collar or Harness With ID Tag, Leash

Your dog may already be wearing a collar, but does it also have an ID Tag on it? Maybe one with your cell phone number on it (and the dog’s name)?

You probably have a leash at home, but do you also keep one in your vehicle and/or in your dog bug out bag emergency supplies? If your pet gets lost or separated, a collar tag may bring you back together… What about a rabies vaccination tag?

Our mini-Dachshund received one of those ID implants a long time ago. That would work too…although can only be read by a vet with a special wand (which most all of them have).

A Picture Of You And Your Pet Together

A picture of you with your pet will help document / verify ownership, and allow others to assist you in identifying your pet. Point being, and you probably already have this, just keep some pictures of your dog on your phone.

(spoiled rotten?)

Records & Medicines

Keep an extra supply of medicines your pet may be taking on a regular basis (heart-worm pills, flea & tick prevention, etc..) in a waterproof containment (e.g. Ziploc).

Keep the phone number of your vet – just in case. Add it to your phone contacts.

Make a copy of vaccination records (Rabies) which are usually required if you stay at a pet-friendly motel (on your way during a bug out evacuation, for example). I keep a copy in the truck.

Crate, Pet Carrier, Pet Bed

If applicable for your dog who may be crate trained, don’t forget to take it with you for your pet’s ‘safe place’ while in a different environment. If your dog has his own pet bed, take it too. We keep a separate ‘dog bed’ in the truck. It sits on the console between us where Sampson peers over the dashboard ;)

Dog Blankets

Our dog has a number of his own blankets. Actually, quite a few numbers of blankets :) Most of them fleece. Again, we keep one in the truck too. On a trip this will provide comfort and warmth if they need it.

(this can’t be comfortable…)

Outerwear? (Yes, really…at least for mine)

Okay, I know, not every dog wears a sweater or jacket… Ours does during the cold months because he doesn’t have much of a natural coat to keep him warm! Our little mini-Dachshund has very short hair and is often affected by the c-c-cold. Therefore we have a variety of coats and sweaters for his comfort. He’s always seemingly under a blanket or pillow or something…

(when we moved to NH, he didn’t quite know what to make of these ‘white walls’ during the winter!)


Dog Duty Bags. Again, you may have these at home – depending on how you deal with ‘the situation’. But keep extra in the bug out bag or vehicle. We always have plenty on hand and in storage. This is what we use:

Earth Rated Dog Poop Bags, Extra Thick and Strong

Toys, Familiar Items

Toys. Chew bones. Ropes. You know the things your pet likes to play with. These personal toys will help reduce stress for your pet if they’re away from their home environment.

(Sampson likes this sock…or what’s left of it…)


The idea here is this… If you have to leave suddenly (or even on a planned trip – vacation?), your pet will be more stressed than at home. Just plan ahead for what you might need for them. Some pets travel better than others. Only you will know what your own pet really needs. Just spend a little time and think about it. Become better prepared (for them).

I can’t believe he’s almost 13 years already.

Here are two pictures when he was a puppy at 3 months:

Sorry, I can’t resist adding a few more pictures of our beloved dog…

On a Southwest Florida beach:

He’s not really one for swimming or the water, but he didn’t seem to mind those particular warm waters…

In a parking lot napping in the truck while waiting for Mrs.J…

Well, as you can see, I love my dog, as I’m sure you do yours. They are an extra special part of our daily lives. Unfortunately they have just a short time with us on this earth. Fingers crossed with Sampson that he has more time with us. In any event, if you love your dog, don’t forget about their needs when it comes to your preparedness.


  1. great tips nice dog !
    I have had a series of best friends over the years and miss them all , nice to see a companion looking after his !

  2. The love of a dog – – – – –
    I’ve had dogs ever since I was 9 years old.
    When I was 67, my dog died suddenly, unexpectedly, at 23 mos. old.
    It affected me so deeply, I had a ‘Flashback’ that took me back to a Vietnam battlefield event that occurred 47 years previously, when my Buddy was killed right next to me.
    I cried for 3 days.

  3. Ken, i love the pictures of Sampson, and his Chariot.
    we seem to look out for our dogs more than ourselves. they are our children, i couldn’t imagine a world without one.
    i have a mountain curr, a border collie and a mixed breed “bullmation”, all rescues . they are in charge of wildlife management and mitigation here and they do a great job. they earn their keep.
    i just hate it when they kill skunks :/(

  4. I ‘take in’ animals. I’ve never thought of it as rescue, but I guess it is.
    I currently have 4 dogs and 4 cats. I have two 5 pound chihuahuas, a 20 pounder and a 30 pounder. The cats are…cats.
    I have a big bag that is sort of like a donut, it goes across my chest and both chihuahuas can fit in it and I can actually run with it. I’ve planned for a quick need-to-leave scenario, whatever that might mean (not a house fire). Throw them in the bag, grab the other dog’s leashes and run! Otherwise, we’ll be sitting at home, safe and sound, is the hope. I really hope I never have to leave my little farm.

  5. we keep two 50 lb bags of Old Roy for ours, when one bag gets empty we get another and rotate them out.
    we do the same with the bullmations med’s. cosequin, she is getting old and is having problems with her hips, but we keep two bags on hand. a 60 day supply. again we rotate them out. when we get low on one bag, we get another always having at least a 60 day supply for her. i may need to up their supplies to three months.
    you never know, and i don’t want my best friend to be hurting.

  6. Cats dogs they all are welcome here my cat and dog are joined at the hip, eat, sleep, pester me to death together, so my preps for them include one month supply of food I keep in a 2 gallon plastic jar in the freezer one for each critter, on the inside lid I have taped a ziplock with meds like amoxicillin etc for each. They are both super guard animals so I treat them as worth having their needs met also. I have seen to their needs in my vehicles bug out supplies and also in my travel trailer.

  7. I felt the need to share this. . .

    Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolf hound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

    I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

    As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

    The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

    young boy carrying pet dogThe little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ‘I know why.’
    Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation.

    He said, ‘People are born so that they can learn how to live a good Life – – like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?’ The Six-year-old continued, ‘Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.’

    1. epo3
      Thanks for sharing this story.
      It reminded me of the closing arguments of attorney George G. Vest. Which became known as “Tribute To A Dog,” also known as “Eulogy Of The Dog” and A Man’s Best Friend.”
      The story was the subject of a “Death Valley Days” episode in which Ronald Reagan played Vest. I believe the episode is on you tube titled “Tribute to The Dog.”

  8. Ken, Thanks for sharing the Sampson pictures with us. Just looking at the pictures was a kick. Those of us that are regulars here watched him grow up thru the years. I just finished sharing beer and meatloaf with my dog after getting off work. (Yes, I give my dog both beer and meatloaf…my dog is also spoiled).
    Well, I got (4) fat cats to spin before I retire to bed.

  9. Keep extra leashes. They can do double duty as tie-downs also. I also just talked to my veterinarian about which OTC meds (and dosages) can be used for allergies, pain relief, etc. when their vet meds may not be available. She was very obliging and wrote down everything for us for our two GSDs. I recommend everyone ask their vet for this info.

    1. And just to add….not every OTC med is SAFE for our pets, that is why you must ask your vet for this information!

  10. People have laughed at me because I have rolls of poop bags everywhere! In my purse, backpacks, coat pockets, cars, the garage, next to the doors. But they are usually laughing when I whip one out for an unexpected use. And I always have an extra leash or two in both my car and the garage. We’ve picked up dogs wandering around and also had some visitors show up.

    We currently have 3 dogs, a 15 yr old mini dachshund who was on a special diet but now I just feed him chicken and rice with various veggies and pumpkin mixed in. I cook the chicken in 4-5 lb batches in my Instant Pot and then freeze them so it’s quick and easy, and they can all eat it if necessary. We also have an almost 10 yr old mini that is diabetic. I learned during 2020 to always have extra diabetic supplies on hand! Had a little bit of a panic when an insulin shipment was delayed and we couldn’t get needles and were taking measures in case we had to reuse them before our vet came through and then restocked. I have it down to a science on timing now and we always have 2 bottles of insulin in reserve. The new shipment comes just as we are finishing bottle #3.

    I also have a baby sling since the older Doxy can’t trot along as much as he used to and the younger one just doesn’t particularly like to walk sometimes… I figure that will also come in handy during any type of natural disaster, including evacuation. Bought a heavy duty beach wagon this year to cart them all back and forth – we’ll see how that works.

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