Behold, our list of 10 Essentials for Traveling with Dogs!
1. Lid Locking Container
Naturally, you will be bringing dog food along on your road trip. We recommend packing it in a lid locking container as opposed to keeping it in the standard food bag to prevent accidental spills or tears. Depending on where you will be staying these are also great for containing smells and not attracting unwanted animals!
2. Measuring Cup
Just because you may be lax with the calorie counting on vacation doesn't mean that you should do the same for your pets! Consistency is key to maintaining a healthy weight and it is very important to measure your dog's meals. We use a collapsible measuring cup to save space!
3. Collapsible Water Bowl
It is very important to remember to keep your dog hydrated on a long road trip. Set a reminder on your phone to make regular stops and provide fresh water. We recommend bringing along a collapsible water bowl for convenience and to save precious space in the car!
4. Waste Bags
When you gotta go, you gotta go right? You will likely be visiting rest stops, parks or even an open patch of grass to let the dogs do their business! Cleaning up after your dog is not only courteous but also good for the environment. We like to use biodegradable dog poop bags and keep them in a convenient carrying dispenser.
5. Insect Repellent Wipes
In addition to making sure your dog is current on all their flea and tick medications, pest repellent wipes can provide an extra layer of protection when visiting new places. We use an all natural option that takes advantage of the natural pest repellent properties of lemongrass, sesame and castor oils.
6. Extended Leash
When visiting unfamiliar places it is particularly important to keep your dog leashed. We like to pack a 30 foot training leash to give the dogs a little room to explore whenever possible. These leashes also function great as a tie-out if you are stopping for a picnic or rest on a hike and want to keep them close by.
7. Reflective Gear
It is very likely that you will be doing at least a portion of the driving at night. Packing reflective gear for you and your dog is a great idea to ensure you can be seen when making pit stops or taking potty breaks along the way.