Dog Travel Part III: What To Pack

By Nicole Ellis, CPDT-KA

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In parts 1 and 2 of this 3-part series, I talked about the importance of thoroughly planning your trip, shared some insights about finding pet-friendly lodging an and gave you some tips about the different ways to travel with your dog. In this article, we're wrapping it up with the all-important packing list! Now that you’ve done all the pre-trip planning and made your travel and lodging reservations, you’re ready to start packing for your adventure. Here are some must-haves when traveling with your dog: 

1. Food. Changing your dog's food on the road could lead to an upset digestive tract and your plans for the day could be ruined. I pack Maggie and Rossi’s regular Ziwi air-dried food with me. I love that it’s lightweight and easy to pack, plus I know Maggie won’t get an upset tummy. 

2. Treats. Because your dog's a good pup! 

3. Collapsible Bowls. I bring at least two, one each for water and food. These are great to keep in a bag/purse, so if the weather’s warm, or your dog becomes thirsty while sightseeing, you're prepared. 

4. Poop Bags. So easy to pack, just throw a few rolls in your backpack, purse, or suitcase. If you’re doing a road trip, I recommend keeping a separate roll in the car. 

5. Extra Leash. I keep a leash in every suitcase and in my vehicle. This has come in handy many times over. Keeping one in the car is useful when you need to grab one for a potty break quickly, or your leash gets wet after hiking or sightseeing. It’s also good to have a spare, in case the leash is misplaced or left behind in a hotel room. 

6. List of vaccinations and microchip info. Print out a hard copy or two, also take a photo and keep it on your phone. You might need this for a hotel or dog daycare or emergency vet visit (let's hope it's not the latter). Always be sure your dog is wearing a tag with your contact information imprinted on it. 

Note: If Maggie packed her own bag it would be filled with only tennis balls and treats. 

Wrapping Up - Traveling with dogs requires some advance preparation, but don’t be intimidated – it can also be enjoyable and rewarding for both you and your furry companion. Just remember to plan ahead, be flexible and schedule in some extra cuddle time. Just like us humans, dogs can get overstimulated and fatigued when they’re away from their usual routine. 

Now, grab a leash and enjoy your adventures together…we’ll see you out there!