The world has opened again and people are starting to feel more confident traveling. But a post-pandemic life means many of us are wanting to keep our loved ones closer – including our furry friends. For many years people chose to leave their pups in a doggy hotel or with a friend while they went on vacation but now, more than ever, it’s possible for you to take your pup with you. After all, they don’t want to miss out on all the fun!
But we get it, taking your dog away on vacation with you can feel a bit overwhelming. Dogs come with quite a few accessories and things to keep them entertained and happy – and that’s before you’ve packed your sunscreen and hat! But it doesn’t have to be. You just need to make sure you’re picking the right things for your pup to enjoy their time away.
We’ve carefully curated a list of the best things to take away with you on holiday that will make life that little bit easier.
It’s All About Preparation
If you have ever embarked on a travel excursion then you will know all too well how important it is to start on the right foot, and that means being well-prepared to tackle anything the trip may throw at you.
You need to consider all possible weather situations, locations, and terrain, and then have a backup plan for those in case you are thrown a curve ball which certainly keeps things interesting when on holiday. A great place to start is by writing a list for both you and your pup. You can even start this a couple of weeks in advance. By doing this you still have time to get anything you’ve noted down that you don’t have!
You may already have some of the things on the list, others you might need to purchase, and then there are those you won’t have considered (until you’ve read this blog)! We’ve scoured some of the best sites, such as BarkingTalk, to find the latest products to make your vacation with your pooch fun and easy!
Best Accessories for Easy Traveling with Your Dog
We all know our dogs love a good run on a beach as they splash in the waves, so having them with you rather than in a doggy hotel is a great bonding opportunity. It’s also a great way to make memories. Getting there, and whilst staying in rented accommodation, is less complicated when you go prepared, so let’s take a look at what you need to make your vacation great.
- Driving treats – You may think it is as simple as hopping in the car and going, but if you have a nervous dog or one that has never been in a car before you want to do a lead-up to the big day. Get them used to the car by taking them on short trips around your area. Whenever they remain calm, reward them with their favorite treat to reassure them there is nothing to worry about and that they are doing well.
- Seat covers – No matter where your dog will be sitting while traveling, opt for seat covers. They can be water (and dribble) resistant, are easy to clean, and have cooling properties to keep your pup comfy.
- Collapsible water bottle – Dehydration can be a big issue for pets so be sure to have lots of water. You can bring bottles of water to have on hand, or stop at rest stations to fill up the collapsible ones. These are particularly great because they fold out, have a built-in bowl so your dog can hydrate comfortably, and are compact.
- First-Aid – Even dogs can get car sick, and it is always better to be prepared for anything so a kit in the car is a great idea. You can ask your vet for the items most necessary and how to administer them.
- Toys – All dogs are different, but even calm dogs can get bored and restless in the car. Having a good selection of small toys from home can keep them occupied while on the road, and the smell of home and familiarity will keep their content too.
- Seat belt harness – Safety is essential when driving and even our pets need to be taken care of. Many harnesses are fitted for dogs and usually go around their torso.
- Id’s and tags – Be sure your pet has had all their vaccinations and shots and that they have been recorded in their pet passport. You should keep this with your passport. You also need to check that the contact information on their tags and microchip is up to date.
Fun and Travels
Whether you are going abroad or to the coast, your pet can join you on your explorations. But preparation is key. With these handy tips, you will be enjoying your trip with your best companion right by your side. Life with a dog is so much more fun and memorable.