Heading out on a road trip with your four-legged friends may seem overwhelming at first, especially if you’ve never done it before but with a few tips you’ll become a pro at traveling with your pets.
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Taking a road trip with your pets is a great experience. If you’ve never traveled with them before, but have been thinking about it, now is the perfect time! I’ve compiled some tips to hopefully make it a smooth experience for both you and your pets.
PACK THE NECESSITIES
Packing a bag or tote (this is the one I used) to hold essentials for your pups is an easy way to stay organized and make sure you don’t forget anything. Plus it makes it easy to find things quickly when you need them. Some ideas to include:
- Pet Medications – If your pets take any medications, pack them in your dog’s designated bag to ensure you can find them easily.
- Vaccination Records – Some hotels / campgrounds will require proof that your pet has been vaccinated. I make copies and keep them in a poly folder to protect them when traveling.
- Pet First Aid Kit – You can just bring the basics or pack a full blown first aid kit. Accidents happen and it’s better to be prepared.
- Collar & Leash / Harness – It’s may sound silly, but I have left one or two of these behind in the rush to get on the road. Don’t forget to update their tags too.
- Food / Water Bowls – Make sure the travel bowls are big enough, or small enough, for your pet. Spill-proof bowls are great for traveling and in in the car.
- Dog Food – Whether your dog eats traditional kibble or is raw fed, making sure you have enough food to cover the days you’ll be away is important. And it leaves one less thing to do when you arrive at your destination.
CRASH TESTED CARRIERS
Whether your road trip is 4 hours long or 10 hours long, making sure you have a safe way to transport them to their destination. Accidents can happen at any moment so finding an appropriate carrier or dog kennel is important.
You’re dogs are going to a new place and will be experience new things. Bringing along an assortment of their favorite treats can be a small reminder of home.
I make sure to pack a few of their favorites for the ride and the stay. One brand my pups are loving right now are Fruitables Yogos – a yummy yogurt based dog treat.
These superfood packed dog treats designed as roll-ups and filled with natural ingredients.
TOYS, TOYS, AND MORE TOYS
You definitely don’t want to forget to pack your dogs favorite toys. And for extra fun, add in some enrichment toys. Better yet, surprise them with these new toys when you get to your destination.
Mental Stimulation is just as important as physical and my go-to choice for enrichment toys is Outward Hound.
I brought along the Outward Hound Fun Feeder Slo’ BowlTM Slow Feeder Dog bowl & the .Outward Hound Nina Ottosson Dog Tornado Interactive Treat Puzzle Dog Toy.
Both enrichment toys kept my pups busy and entertained throughout the trip.
The Fun Feeder Slo’Feeder Dog bowl is makes eating fun and good for your pup. My Liberty likes to scarf down her food and this helps her slow things down a bit.
It’s great for dry, wet, raw and frozen foods.
The Nina Ottoson Dog Tornado Interactive Treat Puzzle Toy contains 12 compartments and 3 scent covers to create puzzles of varying difficulty. I like to hide frozen treats in here and the level 2 puzzle is great for pups all ages.
Save 25% on your purchase of either of these toys with code DAWN_25.
PREPARE FOR MESSES
Traveling with your pets can bring on all kinds of messes. From vomiting from motion sickness to accidents in their crate or hotel. Prepare for messes ahead of time with Simple Solution Extreme Pet Stain & Odor Remover.
This is one of my go-to stain and odor removers and I know a thing or two about pet messes.
The PROFESSIONAL STRENGTH FORMULA – Extreme Stain and Odor Remover is a professional strength Pro-Bacteria and enzyme formula that breaks down and eliminates stains and odors.
It’s specifically made for pets to safely and quickly remove dog and cat urine, feces and vomit on carpet, upholstery, bedding, fabric toys, clothing, or other water-safe surfaces in your home.
When I travel with my dogs, I keep a bottle in my travel bag.
PLAN FOR EMERGENCIES
Make sure you pet is update to date on their shots and anything else they may need for the journey. Take your vet’s number with you in case of any issues and it’s a good idea to research some vets or emergency vets in the town you’ll be visiting just in case anything happens.
Speaking of vets, right now the Galaxy Vets Foundation is providing free online veterinary care to pet owners in Ukraine. Dozens of veterinary professionals from the U.S., Canada and other countries are volunteering with this initiative.
Galaxy Vets Foundation is also providing free online veterinary care to pet owners in Ukraine. Dozens of veterinary professionals from the U.S., Canada and other countries are volunteering with this initiative. If you’re looking for ways to help, visit Galaxy Vets Foundation.
I hope these tips help you make the most of your next road trip with your pets.