An Adventure Hound’s Suitcase - The Essential Dog Travel Kit List
Are you ready to take on the wide world with Fido by your side? Then you’ll need to know what to pack for dog traveling. We’ve got the essential dog travel kit bag goodies you’ll need to sniff out adventure.
Whether you are planning to travel with your dog by plane, train, or automobile - this dog travel kit list will ensure you have everything you need, for smooth sailing and a comfortable pooch.
The ideal dog travel kit bag should include the following nifty items.
If you are hopping on a plane or taking a long road trip, the safest way for your dog to travel is usually in a specially designed travel crate. This will help them stay secure should anything happen, such as an emergency stop, and allow them to have a comfy place to relax.
Always choose a crate large enough for your dog to stand and turn around in, with lots of ventilation too.
Some smaller dogs can be taken on airplanes in hand luggage. If so, you may want to invest in a carry bag that similarly offers space, comfort and ventilation.
For road trips, you can even turn your boot into a large crate by securing the back seats with a guard or wire rack. This is a popular option for many owners, offering their dog lots of space, heaps of safety, and a nice view too!
Blankets & Bedding
Helping your pooch feel comfortable wherever they are is a key part of traveling with a dog. By bringing alone familiar blankets and bedding that smell like home, they’ll be more likely to settle easily and feel at ease. Lining a crate or placing these down in your hotel room offers a cozy place for your dog to rest after a hard day of adventuring.
A Potty Buddy
Possibly the most useful kit in your entire kit bag. We created the Potty Buddy to be your helping hand.
Designed with a soft exterior, but a super absorbent interior, they are the perfect 2 in 1 option. Placed in a crate or carry bag, they can catch any unplanned toilet breaks, overnight they can save the hotel floor, and during the day they provide a potty break in even the most inconvenient of places. Plus they make for a comfy lining too, meaning any younger or older dogs can get the best of both worlds, even if they have an accident.
Machine washable, they provide an easy solution to keep your dog clean and happy en route.
Leash, Collar & Harness
Always important, make sure you don’t forget these everyday basics. Being aware that other countries may have different rules, it’s a good idea to stay leashed up when in doubt. So an extendable leash can really come in handy when traveling.
If you are really hitting the great outdoors, it’s worth investing in a harness that can withstand the elements, and maybe even some dog booties if things could get rough underfoot.
Some countries may require larger dogs to wear a muzzle on public transport, so it’s worth investing in one if you are unsure, or you know the country you are visiting requires them.
Don’t forget the all-important ID tags too, which are often a legal requirement.
It goes without saying, poop bags are essentials. Not only to be a considerate traveler, but also for saving you from some pretty hefty fines in some countries!
Food & Water
Being able to stick to your dog’s normal food routine will really help them feel at ease. So bring their usual food in airtight containers, ready to go.
Fresh water is important when traveling, as dehydration can set in quickly. Especially in hot climates. So invest in some portable bowls for your food and water, which can also fold up and be tucked away nicely. There are even some specially designed travel bottles, which have a flip-out lower portion for quick hydration on the go.
Cool Mat/Warm Coat
Helping your pooch keep cool or stay warm will be important if you are heading anywhere with extreme temperatures.
If you’ve got a particularly hairy canine friend, a cool mat is a fantastic way to help them regulate their temperature. These foldable mats stay cool for a few hours at a time, handy for shady breaks.
If your senior dog or smaller breed feels the cold, remember to pack a warm jacket to keep them toasty in brisker climates.
If you will be away for a little while, a few grooming supplies is a good idea. Especially if you are hitting shedding season! A good all-round brush can help your dog feel cool and comfortable while they explore, and ensure you keep any excess hairs outside the hotel rooms.
All dogs love a little familiarity, so a special toy or two can help them cuddle up no problem. Plus, bringing a Kong with you is a great way to distract and occupy your dog when needed, either when you need to focus on the map or if the travel gets a bit bumpy along the way. A puzzle toy or favorite fetch object can help to burn off some of that excess energy along the way too.
Even if you’ve got your Potty Buddy with you, accidents can happen. So having a cleaning spray and room fragrance with you can help you to act fast and save your deposit!
These handy, light and super quick drying towels are really handy for travel. Helping your dog dry off after a bath or a dip in the local lake, a good towel can also double as further cleaning supplies if needed.
First Aid Kit
Having a few essentials can definitely help when those little accidents happen. A dog travel first aid kit should include a few bandages, gauze, scissors, tweezers, some antiseptic, and some blood clotting powder. These can be useful for helping your pooch quickly before you can make it to a vet.
If you can, making a note of local vets along your route beforehand is a useful way to stay calm and prepared, in case an accident occurs.
Don’t forget to pack your dog’s prescription medications, if they take any. If you will be gone for a little while, make sure you can stock up before you depart, or make a note of places you can pick up more along the way.
If you are gone for more than a few months, best to take some worming and flea supplies with you too.
Last but not least, don’t forget those all-important papers. Your dog’s passport, veterinarian health certificate, vaccination records, and insurance details should be stashed away somewhere safe in your luggage.
Traveling with your dog is an incredible experience. Your pooch will never forget the time spent exploring new places (and new smells) while being by your side. With all the above in your back pocket, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the view, with your dog feeling just as happy as you.
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