How to prepare a bushfire survival kit

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How to prepare a bushfire survival kit

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A well prepared bushfire kit should contain all of the essentials that you, your family and pets need until it’s safe to return home. This guide tells you some of the things to include in your kit in case you need to evacuate.
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This D.I.Y. Advice is part of a series How to prepare for a bushfire

Step by Step Instructions

1 Pack plenty of water and non-perishable food
2 Pack your basic toiletries
3 Pack for your pets
4 Important appliances to pack
5 Protective clothing and first aid
6 Pack your important documents
  • Step 1. Pack plenty of water and non-perishable food

    One of the key things to pack is enough non-perishable food. Store it a cooler so that it’s easy to load into your vehicle when you have to leave. Things to pack include; canned food, dry food such as biscuits, crackers, muesli bars and nuts, plenty of water and a water bottle for everyone. You’ll also need a can opener, plates, bowls, knives, forks and spoons.

  • Step 2. Pack your basic toiletries

    After you’ve evacuated, you may be away from home for several days, so pack enough toiletries. Your toiletries kit should include towels, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, deodorant, nappies and prescription medication if necessary. 

  • Step 3. Pack for your pets

    If you have any pets, you’ll need to take them with you if you need to evacuate quickly. Make sure you pack what they need. This will include food, water and bowls.
  • Step 4. Important appliances to pack

    You never know when, or for how long, you may need to evacuate your home. If it’s during the night make sure you have at least one torch and a supply of batteries in your kit. Also pack a battery powered radio and spare batteries, so you can listen to emergency updates. If possible, also take with your computer back-ups on an external hard drive.

  • Step 5. Protective clothing and first aid

    Despite the intense heat from a bushfire, it’s important to not wear light, summer clothing. Pack protective clothing and safety equipment such as long sleeve shirts made from thick cotton or wool, long pants, leather boots, protective gloves, dust masks or respirators and safety glasses.  A well-stocked first aid kit is also an important part of any bushfire ready kit. Pack all of these in sturdy bags or hessian bags. These bags can also be soaked with water and used to put out spot fires. 

  • Step 6. Pack your important documents

    As well as food and clothing, pack important documents that would be hard to replace. This would include birth and marriage certificates, insurance documents, passports and even photo albums.

    For a more comprehensive list of what you might want to put in your bushfire ready kit, download a list from your local fire authority.

Tools and Materials


  • Batteries
  • Battery powered radio
  • Computer backups
  • Esky
  • Eye mask
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Fresh water
  • Gloves
  • Hessian bags
  • Leather shoes
  • Medications
  • Non-perishable food
  • Pet food & bowl
  • Respirators
  • Study bag
  • Sturdy clothes
  • Toiletries
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