Wondering what to pack for a road trip with your dog? Before you hit the open road, check out my must-have items to bring with you when traveling with your dog by car.
Road trips are the best way to travel with your dog, especially if you’re like me and have a larger dog who can’t really travel by plane. My dog joins me on almost every road trip I take, and looks forward to every adventure with his head hanging out of the window and the wind in his fur. While there’s no better way to bond with your best friend, you’ll want to make sure these trips go as smoothly as possible by planning ahead of time and packing your pet’s necessities.
Get ready to plan the perfect adventure with my ultimate packing list for a road trip with your dog.
Car Seat Cover
Muddy paws are inevitable when you and your dog are adventuring together. Keep your car free of prints with this car seat cover. It’s super easy to wipe down or vacuum when you get home.
Buckle up! Put safety first with this car harness for dogs. We discovered it’s a must-have after our dog jumped out of the window of our moving car to chase a bunny (don’t worry, both dog and bunny were unharmed).
A crate creates a safe, den-like space for your dog when he is in unfamiliar territory. Make sure you get your dog used to it before leaving home. Even if you don’t plan on leaving him alone in it for hours, it’s good to have the option if you need to go somewhere that doesn’t allow dogs or can’t get him to settle down at night. Many hotels require a crate if you plan on leaving your pup in the room unattended. I’ve tried a few portable options and love this collapsible, soft-sided travel crate.
Traveling with a dog bed can be bulky, so first evaluate if you really need one. Many hotels will happily provide one for you free of charge, so be sure to ask ahead of time. But if you have the space to pack your dog’s favorite, the comfort of home is nice to have. Or you can go with a travel bed that rolls up for easy, on-the-go comfort.
Towel or Blanket
Road trips call for impromptu stops along the way. Pack a towel or blanket so you’re always prepared for too perfect to pass up picnic spots or swimming holes.
Why shouldn’t Fido have his own stylish suitcase? Stay ultra organized on the go with this dog travel bag. It has compartments for everything you need while away, including two collapsible bowls and two lined carriers to store 30 cups of food.
It’s important for your pup to stay hydrated while traveling. I love this water bottle designed for dogs, which is great for bringing on hikes or the beach.
Make sure to pack enough food to cover a few extra days, just in case your trip gets delayed or you need to stay longer. The last thing you’ll want to do is try to introduce a new diet while on the road.
First Aid Kit
Accidents can happen, especially when on the road with your pet. Responsible pet owners love this first aid kit with essentials tailored specifically for dogs. From everyday tick removals to treating cuts, it’s perfect in a pinch until you are able to see your vet.
Vaccination Records & Tags
Make sure to bring an updated photo of your pet, copies of their health records, proof of rabies vaccination, and a collar with up-to-date contact information in case of emergency.