Roadtrippin’ with Your Doggy: Supplies Checklist
There’s only one thing more thrilling than hopping in your car and heading off on a road trip. Heading off on a road trip with your
dog best friend!
To ensure the trip is tons of fun for you both, it’s essential to make sure your pooch has everything he or she needs to stay comfy, safe, and (if your dog is anything like our dogs) totally pampered along the way.
Here comes our roadtrippin’ with your dog supplies checklist, along with reasons why each item is a must.
Bag to Carry all the Doggy Supplies
Go for a generous canvas tote that you can pack to the hilt and use for other purposes when it’s not stuffed with dog stuff. That is, of course, unless your dog demands his or her own personal suitcase.
Brush, Comb and Small Scissors
Those with long-haired doggies definitely don’t want to forget these items, and even short-haired pooches may need a bit of grooming after romping around wherever you may roam.
Hounds that dig hopping from the back into the front can be dangerous to the driver. Try a car barrier that attaches beneath the front seat headrests to keep dogs securely in the back. Many have mesh on top so your dog can still easily see what’s going on with you up front.
Compact Food and Water Bowl
These inflatable or bendable bowls make it easy to grab and go without emptying and cleaning the at-home bowls.
Because it reminds your dog of home (and smells like it, too).
Extra Poop Bags
You never know when your dog will go so you might as well be prepared!
Fun fact: Some pooches actually poop more on vacation than they do at home.
Don’t forget the food! And make it easy to tote in a dog food transport case.
KONG and Peanut Butter
A KONG is basically a doggy pacifier, and works like magic to keep dogs occupied for extended periods.
Keep your leash in the front of the car so you can quickly snap it on for rest stops and doggy bathroom breaks.
If your dog is on any type of medication, make sure to take it along for the ride. You can also try calming treats or chewables if your dog tends to get a bit anxious in vehicles or when away from home.
Like the Kong and peanut butter, bones can keep dogs occupied and happy. Nylabone makes a line of bones specifically designed for all types of chewers.
Sand, slobber, and a potential bout of doggy car sickness can wreak havoc on your car seats. At the very least, get a bench seat cover for the back that you can easily pull off and wash down when needed.
Dog shampoo is good to have in case your dog decides to roll around in something really smelly you happen to encounter in your travels.
Paper towels and a few old regular towels are a must for quickly cleaning up anything that needs cleaning.
Whether it’s for incentive, rewards, or getting your dog back in the car after a stop at the park, treats need to be on your packing list. Milk Bones are a classic favorite, while Charlee Bears are small yet hugely irresistible to hounds.
Your dog should be up-to-date on vaccinations and sport an ID tag with your current cell phone number, just in case.
Keep a jug of fresh water in the front of the car so you can give your dog a drink when you stop for breaks or whenever needed. Roadtrippin’ can be some thirsty business, after all!
Once you’ve ticked off each item on the doggy supply list, and packed all you need to on your human supply list, you should be nearly ready to go.
The only other thing to bring is your sense of adventure and fun, both of which tend to come naturally when you’re roadtrippin’ with your dog.