Whether you’re ordering in your neighborhood or going on a cross-country trip, if your pet walks together, there are a few basic things about traveling with pets that should always be in your car.
You love to take your pet everywhere. But you never know when a flat tire, a family emergency, or the opportunity to embark on an adventure can change your plans. Keep these things for traveling with pets in your car and you will be ready to include a penny.
Hold on! I can already hear you thinking, “Exactly what I need … more stuff in my car!” And I understand. That’s why I recommend a backrest organizer. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so find one with lots of pockets to hold everything you need.
Basic things to travel with pets
Now that you’re ready to roll, it’s time to gather the following basic things for traveling with pets:
Restrictions for pets
The most important element of any pet-friendly trip is the way you keep your pet in the car. You can choose a secure carrier or crate. Or go with tested seat belts like us. Either way, the assurance that you are all returning safely always comes first.
The second most important thing you need to pack for your pet (and yourself) is water. We always have a few water bottles that can’t be refilled without BPA in the car.
If you linger for some reason – especially on a hot day – a lack of enough water can be dangerous. So be sure to refill the bottles every time you leave.
Splashing the water around will not benefit your puppy if you don’t have a bowl for him! Folding bowls are a great choice for the car because they fold neatly while needed.
First aid kit
Accidents happen and a well-stocked first aid kit will be helpful if you or your dog suffers a minor injury.
Not all first aid kits are the same! Make sure yours contains all the items you will need to help your pet.
Dogs seem to have the ability to sense when we are not carrying garbage bags, and this is the moment when they decide to go! Having a healthy amount of waste bags on hand will ensure that you never stay … holding the bag.
Pre-moistened wipes are convenient for cleaning any dirt. And when you travel with pets, you can always count on a few messes!
If the pet troubles you encounter are smelly, you’ll be glad you packed a good pet odor eliminator.
Food and treats
Skip meals and you will have a very unhappy pet in your arms! Dehydrated pet food, such as The Honest Kitchen, is especially convenient because it takes up little space and, when mixed with water, helps keep your pet hydrated.
And, of course, don’t forget to pack a lot of tempting treats as a reward for good travel behavior!
Expert advice: Store all dog food and treats in a zippered compartment in the seat-back organizer. Otherwise, your puppy can help himself while you are focused on driving.
“Experienced after a whole bag of goodies disappeared.”
If your pet needs medication, it’s a good idea to always have a dose or two with you. Then, if you are late, you can still give your pet his medication on schedule. The pill carrier is a convenient way to stay organized.
Some dog parks, campsites and day care centers require proof of vaccination. Put a copy of these records in your bag and you will never be caught without them.
Shedding extra light on the subject sometimes helps.
Rain, puddles, spontaneous splashing on the beach … sometimes the dogs get wet. And when you need to dry them again, the microfiber cloth works great and packs small.
Keeping an extra strap on hand is a good idea in case yours breaks. It’s also great if you come across a lost dog that needs a little help to get home.
Photos of your pet
If you and your pet separate, the printed photo allows you to quickly organize a search group and upload the photo around, or make posters to help him find it.
When it comes to traveling with your pets, preparation matters a lot! Before your next trip, make sure you have all the necessary things to travel with pets in the car and you are ready to travel.
Are you planning a holiday suitable for pets? What else is on your packing list?