Packing Tips for your Dog’s Summer Road Trip

Taking the furkids on a summer road trip is fun, but need some planning. They need their own stuff when they are on vacation. Lets face it, being prepared will make it more fun for you both. dog-driving-car

Here is a list of somethings to bring:

  • Food and Treats – Traveling can be wary on your pets tummy, so make certain that you pack enough of their usual brand of food for the whole trip plus a little extra. For canned food – don’t forget the can opener!
  • Drinking Water – If your pet’s stomach is easily upset, it pays to take drinking water from home with you.
  • Food and Water Bowls – portable bowls pack easily and are great, especially  at those often the beaten trail rest stops.
  • Proof of vaccinations and your pet’s health records – you’ll need these at some of the dog parks, campgrounds or hotels.
  • Don’t forget to take your vet’s telephone number, and the telephone number for the National Animal Poison Control Center: (888) 426-4435.
  • Current Identification Tags – Of course you’ll want to include your cell phone number, or other phone number where you can be reached while you are away on your pets tags.
  • Photos of your pet – A current photo can make it easy to create posters quickly, in case your pet gets separated from you.
  • A couple of rolls of paper towels and some carpet cleaner – for muddy paws and other messes. Not that this would ever happen.
  • A towel – in case of rain, or after swimming.
  • Your pet’s bed and a couple of toys – Spending the night in unfamiliar places can be scary so their things can make them more comfortable.
  • All their medications, vitamins, supplements, etc.
  • Plastic bags to pick up after them along the way.
  • First aid kit.
  • Pet insect repellent and sunscreen.
  • Leash – Many places require your pet be on a leash no longer than six feet.
  • Your camera – you’ll want to capture these memories.