Doggie road trips are the best! But whether a day trip or a weekend get-away, make sure your pooch has the essentials. Planning ahead and packing everything he needs will make the trip a much more pleasant event — as opposed to stopping along the way to pick up those forgotten must-haves.
Travel water bottles come in a variety of styles, but one with a fold-out dish makes it convenient for doggie to get every drop. For larger dogs with a big thirst, a soft sided water dish is a great option. The dishes can be used to store other items when not in use.
There are as many different options for food transport as there are doggies — so there’s no doubt that you’ll be able to find exactly the right one for you and your doggie road trips. Large zippered sacks that will hold 30 pounds of dry food, small soft sided pouches that have removable dishes and everything in between are available with a quick web search. The photo above features a stackable system that will separate wet and dry food and will hold treats and even non-food items. And doggie can munch right out of the containers.
A Touch of Home
Bring along something from home sweet home so doggie can have that sense of security. A blanket or towel can do more than double duty to dry off wet paws, protect your vehicle’s upholstery, or to mop up any unexpected accidents. A favorite chew toy can break boredom. And a ball or frisbee to be used during a pit stop will provide a little exercise for everyone.
An extras collar, leash and/or harness is also a good idea — just in case.
Remember those ID and license tags and make sure you have emergency doggie info and photos on your phone.
Doggie road trips require being prepared and a pre-packaged first aid kit is another essential for the adventure. You could certainly assemble your own with a small bag and hand-picked items, but please don’t assume your family first aid kit will have the best items for your pup.
Protect the peepers
If your dog just has to hang his head out of the window, make sure that his eyes are protected. Goggles for pets have become very trendy and whether wearing them as a fashion statement or for protection from sun, wind, water and flying debris, doggie needs some shades.
…and don’t forget the poop bags!