Between our line of work and a mutual chronic wanderlust, Mark and I do a LOT of driving. It’s such a great thing that Kanye, our sweet little puppy child, is so good in the car, because we try to take him with us as much as possible. Here are some of my must-have picks on my doggie travel list.
1. Popware for Pets
The Cadillac of portable pet bowls, these little guys from Popware are the answers to all your meal needs.
2. K&H Self Warming Crate Pad
I recently picked up a self warming pad, and I’ll tell you, Kanye loves it. They’re lined with reflective fabric in the inside that radiates your little one’s heat back onto them. Great for crates or back seats
3. Happy Tails Sleepytime Tonic
If your dog gets rowdy or restless on long drives, try a calming herbal complex like this one.
4. Contents Cosmetic Case
Surprise! Cosmetic cases are for so much more than barely housing all the toiletries you schlep around, they’re also great homes for all your dog’s belongings. Keeps bones, toys, first aid items, and whatever other little items your dog might need all nice and tidy.
5. Waste Bag Dispenser
Personally, I can’t stand hard, bulky plastic dispensers. I’ve found softer fabric as a great alternative.
6. Skyline Puffy Dog Vest
Reversible, water resistant jackets and vests like this one will keep your fur baby warm and lookin’ good.
7. Soft Side Cooler
We like to feed Kanye Fresh Pet food at home and on the road. This insulated bag is great for keeping portioned meals handy and cold while away.
8. Hol-ee Roller Ball
Multipurpose toys like this Hol-ee Roller Ball can house treats, withstand chewing, and moonlight as a pit-stop throw toy. What more could you want?
9. Paw-Ganics Natural Grooming Wipes
Mud, dirt, sand, gas station parking lots. Your dog will go through a lot on any given trip. Keep him (and your car) clean, sanitized, and smelling good with grooming wipes.
- Be sure to grab any vaccination papers or other important documents for your little one.
- Seems obvious, but be sure to remember any medications your pets may be taking.
- On that note, stock a first aid kit (gauze, tweezers, hydrogen peroxide, ice packs, etc.). You never know when sharp, pokey unsafe things are afoot, and a dog in pain is never fun.
- Going camping? Check this helpful list of dog friendly national parks from Roadtrippers.com!
- Staying in a hotel? You fancy. Check out this semi-comprehensive guideline of dog friendly hotels. Some vary, call ahead!
-Hyatt Hotels (Hyatt Place, Hyatt House)
-Wyndham Hotel Group (Knights Inn, Travelodge, Howard Johnson, Super 8, Days Inn, M Night, Ramada, Dream Hotels, Microtel, Hawthorn, Wingate, Wyndham Hotels.)