Our dogs are basically furry babies, they eat a lot, poop constantly, make messes and need a lot and I mean A LOT of attention. That’s why it’s essential to prepare before road tripping with your pooch. You’ll never have to stop for last minute doggy items in frightening horror film-like gas stations again. Here is what to pack on your adventure on the road.
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- Wet and Dry Dog Food
I once road tripped with my dog and I only packed dry food. My dog was so antsy and nervous he barely ate anything. Wet food is the miracle all dog owners should stand by. With wet food you’ll get an uninterested eater into a hungry Hippo. My trick? Mix wet and dry food together. Works every time.
- Jugs of Water and Collapsible Bowls
Our dogs drink a lot of water. While you’re riding shot gun sippin’ on a Red Bull your dog is in the backseat craving some H20. Pack a jug and an easy to use water bowl and give your dog a sip. How would you feel if you were wearing a heavy fur coat in a warm vehicle? Probably thirsty.
- Your Dog’s Fave Blanket or Toy
We all need comfort. Our dogs do too. Make the car ride as comfortable as possible for your pup. The long drive will be easier for him and for you. Also, who doesn’t like cuddling up in the backseat with their favorite blanket?
- Don’t forget to poop bags
Tip: Don’t be like me and forget poop bags after your dog takes a huge dump in the middle of a busy sidewalk. It’s not pretty and an entire family might yell at you. True story. Your dog will be pooping at random times. Always carry your poop bags!
Make the most out of this road trip and reward your dog for being so obedient, patient and darn cute! You can make homemade treats before you leave, buy some at a hip/healthy pet store or pick some up on the road. Either way, your dog deserves a little something. Good boy! Good girl!
- A Bandana
You may be asking yourself, why on earth would you need a bandana? Well, if you’re driving in a hot climate it’s vital. Here’s what you do. Get the bandana wet and wrap it around your dog’s neck. This will provide a cooling sensation around for your pet and hopefully the cool bandana and the AC in the car will chill your dog out.
- Dog bed
A dog bed in the back of the car can be the perfect escape for your pet. Feel free to fold down a seat so your dog has the option of lying down in the back or being social in the front. Kind of like a mullet, business in the front, party in the back.
- Pack a towel
If your dog rolls in something, poops on himself, pees on himself, steps in something weird, throws up in the car, you get the point….you’ll need a towel. You will never know how important a towel is until you get a dog.