Nothing is more fun than making travel plans. The incredible amount of excitement, soda cans, and food baskets, it’s the most fun of activities. Unless your plans have your pets in them!
Because of course, you’re going to miss your pets if you go have fun without them. And what’s the point of having a day to relax, if you spend it worrying about your poor fella at home?
So when you make travel plans, don’t worry about leaving your pet at home, take them along. Just make sure you have these essentials handy to keep your furball comfortable and at ease.
There are 2 Categories of items you need:
Treats, Meals, and Bowls
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A pet that isn't fed well will be grumpy and difficult to handle when traveling. You can never be guaranteed that your route will have your pet's specific brand of food or even a convenient pet store, can you? And even if the maps say it does, you can never be too sure!
By sticking to a diet your dog is already comfortable with, you can save yourself and your pet from avoidable hassles like a very uncomfortable upset stomach. And bringing enough food and snacks for the entire journey is the only way to achieve that. As a rule of thumb, don't overfeed and stick to a proper feeding schedule.
Travel-friendly bowls will be a lifesaver. They are simple to clean and carry two of these bowls, one for food and one for water. Some of these come in a Collapsable Bowl form. And make sure your pet always has access to fresh water to drink!
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Traveling can be exhausting and we’re sure if it’s a long ride, your pup will needs naps. Seat covers and a Car Seat are must-have dog car travel safety essentials in this case. Shedding season or not, when your dog spends hours in your car, they are bound to leave some fur or hair on the seat. Or, if you’ve allowed your pet some run time during a pit stop, you’ll need to protect your car interiors from muddy paws.
If you don’t wish to spend hours cleaning and brushing dirt and dander from your car upholstery, seat covers are a must. On the plus side, they can double as soft and comfortable bedding for your pet.
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Accidents can happen even if your dog behaves properly and poops where it is supposed to, when at home and while traveling. Waste Bags or Pick-up Bags are indeed essential pet travel gear, whether it be for a road trip or a flight. Poop bags are lightweight and won't take up much room in your luggage, so we advise bringing a whole roll with you. Even if you don't think you'll use them all, you can store filthy clothes and shoes in those trash bags or use them to dispose of any other leftovers or rubbish.
Keeping your dog clean when you're away from home can be quite a challenge since dogs have an innate talent for getting dirty. It will be helpful to have a few towels on hand, and if you want to go the extra mile, you can purchase Superabsorbent Towels.
Plus, it’s always good to keep up with the healthy grooming habits, so take your Pet Grooming Brush with you!
Your Pet’s Toys
Bring your dog's favorite toys along with you for entertainment and to make him feel more comfortable, especially if he's an anxious dog. A trip without a favorite Plush Toy would be unimaginable if your pup has one. It's okay if your doggo doesn't have a favorite toy, as you can still have them enjoy some chewable or Puzzle Toys while you traveling. You won't have to worry about your pet becoming destructive out of boredom since it will keep them occupied and away from any trouble.
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First Aid Kit & Any Necessary Medications
Despite your best efforts, accidents can still happen. It's always advised to keep a well-stocked first-aid kit on hand to treat a minor injury or an emergency, whether you purchase a ready-made kit or put the necessary items together yourself.
A first aid kit is an essential pet item, especially when going camping or on any other outside excursion. Gauze bandages, scissors, gloves, dog-friendly eyewash, and antiseptic wipes must all be included in the kit. Tweezers and styptic powder are also a necessity to stop bleeding and remove any splinters.
Tip: On a piece of paper, make a list of all the crucial addresses and phone numbers you would require in an emergency. Include Emergency medical facilities for pets in this.
Carriers & Seat belt For Safe Car Travel
No matter how you're transporting your pet, you'll need a crate or a Carrier because pet safety is guaranteed when traveling in a car with a crate. It can be useful even if you're taking a road trip and driving your pet yourself. When not in the Crate or carrier, make sure to fasten the Seatbelt with your dogs leash for safety.
To begin with, having a crate furnished with comfy bedding and blankets will give your pet a comfortable environment and a cozy home-like feeling.
Collars, Leashes & Harnesses
Also, when you're far from home, it's always better to be safe than sorry. So you should always include an additional leash since you never know when one can break or go missing.
Your pet could become distracted and confused in unfamiliar surroundings and become separated from you, it's sad and we hope for it to not happen, but it could. So, it's best to be ready at all times. Get a ID/ Name tag for your pet with your contact information on it. This will make it simpler for people to identify your pet and make it easier for them to get in touch with you in case of an emergency.
A reflective dog collar is also a great idea since it can help in darker situations.
Also, of you intend to stay in one place for an extended amount of time, like for a vacation, you might want to add a temporary tag for that. A tag with your contact information, hotel room number, and the dates of the stay could be added by dog owners who have reserved a room at a resort for a week-long vacation.