5 Things to Pack for a Road Trip with Your Dog

By Rebecca Siggers

Hitting the road with your canine companion?  Before taking the wheel, you’ll want to make sure you have everything needed to make the most of your adventure together. What follows are 5 essential items that you simply cannot leave home without!

1. Dog ID Tag and Collar

Your dog’s ID tag should be the first essential when packing for a road trip.  Make sure that you correctly label the tag and the collar is well-fitting and neat. All identification details, including your dog’s name and a phone number, should perfectly fit in the collar.

It’s always a good idea to carry an extra dog tag in case of emergency. You can also microchip your dog and update the identification details before you embark on your trip.

2. First Aid Kit

It’s better to be safe than sorry!

Bring a first aid kit equipped with items like tweezers, gauze, hydrogen peroxide, a thermometer, emergency numbers, and a first-aid booklet. These are must-have items for your dog’s safety and to avoid inconveniences if anything comes up when you’re away from home.

3. Clean Water and a Bowl

Dogs need a regular supply of clean water to stay hydrated. Make sure to pack adequate fresh water and carry a suitable bowl for drinking. Having extra water can help prevent your dog from overheating in the car. If your dog is comfortable with any bowl, pack a collapsible or any other sturdy one.

4. Food, Treats and Toys

Of course, you’ll need to keep your doggie fed on your road trip. Remember to pack your dog’s food in adequate amounts to avoid running short of food along the way. If your dog suffers from car sickness, you may want to feed them slightly less before and during your trip. Bring along their favorite toys to keep them occupied and healthy treats to reward your co-pilot for good behavior.

If traveling is stressful for your pup, consider Pet Naturals Calming chews to help them relax along the way.

5. Dog Carrier

It’s helpful to keep your dog in place with a pet’s travel carrier or crate. A dog carrier is essential if you’re traveling with a smaller dog and it can actually double as a bed. Even if you visit a pet-friendly site, it’s a good idea to keep your dog in a crate where they’ll stay out of trouble.

A car dog safety harness can keep your pup out of your hair while you’re driving. Make it a point to keep an eye on your dog as you go. A universal roof rack is a great way to carry your luggage and create extra space for your dog.

A road trip is a great bonding experience for you and four-legged friend! But, you’ll need to be prepared to keep your pet safe and happy during the trip. Make sure you’ve got all the essentials before em-barking on your next adventure together!

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