Traveling With Your Dog: 10 Things You Must Not Forget

If you are going on a road trip with your dog, there are vital pet items you must bring along apart from your own essentials. You never know when an emergency or a flat tire can ruin your plans. By getting these important things ready, you can turn such a mishap into a relaxing and stress-free adventure, knowing that the needs of your pets will also be met.

Here is a list of crucial dog accessories and other items you must pack before hitting the road.

1. Food

Avoid upsetting your canine’s stomach by bringing along his food bowl with enough supply of food. Portable pet bowls will make the trip easy and comfortable. A mat can be used to protect the bowls from sliding and spilling as well as to prevent stains and hazards in the cabin.

2. Water

Since your dog is used to drinking water from home, make sure to bring as much of his drinking water as you can. Use bottled water as a backup.

Like food, put water in your priority list because insufficient water can be dangerous for dogs, especially on hot days. You don’t want to take a side trip to a vet hospital just because your furry friend got dehydrated.

3. Restraints

Never let your dog ride in the car with you without a restraint. Whether you opt for a crate, a harness or a carrier, a restraint will keep both of you safe throughout the trip.

4. Vaccination record and medication

Bringing a copy of your dog’s vaccination record is important; this way, you can have all the crucial information at hand in case an emergency arises. Also, check in advance if there is a vaccination requirement in your travel destination.

If your canine is currently taking medications prescribed by the vet, make sure to bring these along with the vet’s instruction. You don’t want him to miss a dose as this could make him even sicker.

As much as possible, visit the vet prior to your travel date for additional check-up and treatment if necessary. Most importantly, you should have the vet’s contact number and be aware of the nearest veterinary clinic in case of emergencies at your destination.

5. First aid kit

Accidents can happen when you least expect them, so you should be prepared by bringing your canine’s first aid kit. This includes flea and tick treatment, antiseptic wipes, scissors, absorbent gauze, tweezers, adhesive tape, cotton swabs and balls, and a rectal thermometer.

6. Collar, leash and tags

You never know when your dog might escape from you, considering the fact that an unfamiliar place brings new smells that are quite difficult to resist. So make sure to bring his collar and leash and keep them on at all times. These are also useful when you need to take him out of the car for breaks.

When the worst happens, you don’t want your canine to get lost. So make sure that he has a tag indicating an emergency phone number.

7. Treats

Dog treats are helpful in making pets behave while traveling and obey your rules. This can be of great help so you can focus on driving.

8. Toys

Your dog will definitely have enough time to play while on vacation. Thus, you must pack his toys, not just to entertain him, but also to make him feel comfortable while he is in a new environment.

Make sure to include non-squeaky toys and dirty ropes for indoor and outdoor activities accordingly. Familiar chew toys and scents will calm him when he gets anxious.

9. Bed

Your dog will be sleeping in an unfamiliar place, so it is crucial for you to put him at ease and keep him comfortable by taking his own bed with you. If this is not possible, a pet travel bed or crate is an excellent alternative.

10. Seat covers

Don’t let four muddy paws ruin your fun vacation. So make sure to protect your seats with a cover designed for the type of vehicle you have. You can also carry wipes and towels to get rid of dirt and fur.

A road trip with your canine can become a memorable, fun adventure for the both of you, but only when you are fully prepared. In addition to your own clothes, health supplements and travel essentials, bringing your dog’s travel essentials and taking your pet to the vet before the date of travel will surely make you feel confident that both of you are ready for the journey.


Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pet’s Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a Bsc in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet and equestrian retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands including Orijen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz.