Planning a holiday trip with your dog can be a rewarding experience. Dogs are pack animals and the thought of going out together with you and your friends/family is like an adventure for them.
Similar to how you pack some essential items for your travels (like clothes, toiletries, gadgets, etc.) your dog to requires its own set of important items for a comfortable stay.
This article will help you in making a list of all the things you need to carry for your canine best buddy.
Dog Collars and Leads (both short and long)
Most pet dogs have a collar around their neck. The collar allows you to tie a leash or lead which will help you in controlling your dog’s movement. It will also ensure your pet does not run away in the excitement and get lost.
Adding a name tag to your dog’s collar is a good idea. If you, unfortunately, lose your dog, the name tag will help onlookers identify the dog when you put posters out for your missing pet.
It is best to keep both long and short options of dog harnesses. Longer leads allow your pet to explore more areas when you go out for a hike or trek. But in certain areas, you would prefer your dog closer to you for safety concerns. In that scenario, a short lead works best.
Dog Beds and Baskets
Dogs are infamous for shedding their coat hair. Any pet owner will tell you how inconvenient it is to clean after your dog. The hair gets everywhere, from your clothes to your upholstery. Also, many pet-friendly hotels may not allow dogs in bed. Whatever the reason, it is always better to carry your dog’s bed with you on your travels.
Dog Bowls, Food and Treats
This one is a no-brainer. Carry at least two bowls, one for food and the other for water. Also, if your dog prefers a particular brand of dog food, stock up on it before your trip. Do not take the risk of shopping at your destination- you may not find the particular brand there. Keep some treats in the bag as well. Small snacks will keep your dog’s appetite in check.
Travelling Water Bottle
Some owners may allow their pets to drink from streams and puddles. But others may be wary of getting their dog ill from untreated water. If you are one of them, carry a bottle of water with you.
Carrying a small toy or tennis ball is a smart idea. Long travels can put dogs in distress. So a toy serves as a great distraction for your dog. It will keep your pet’s spirit and excitement up during the trip.
Other Essential Items
Unless you are going to the forest, carrying a poop bag is important. If you travel through towns and cities you cannot let your dog defecate on the road. If you are going to a cold place, carry a jacket for your dog for warmth. If your dog is undergoing some treatment, do not forget to pack their medicines.