Taking your pooch away with you is a great way to create new experiences and some lovely memories. It also means you don’t have to leave your beloved pet in kennels or at a dog-boarding home for the time you’re on holiday.
But, travelling with a pet can take some organizing so it’s a good idea to begin preparing well in advance. Your specific destination will likely determine exactly what you need to pack for your four-legged friend, especially if you’re venturing overseas, but here are the essentials:
Your furry companion will want to feel at home, wherever they are, so it’s wise to take a luxury dog bed so they feel relaxed and content. Remember to include any night-time comforts, such as blankets and toys too.
Make sure you pack enough food for the whole of your trip, especially if you’re travelling off the beaten track and might struggle to source their favourite meals. And don’t forget to include any tasty treats they usually enjoy.
You’ll need to make sure you carry enough water with you for your dog’s needs, whether you’re travelling by car, enjoying a walking holiday or just chilling at the beach.
Specially designed dog water bottles make it easy to ensure your pooch is hydrated on the go. Alternatively, collapsible dog water bowls are also handy to pack and carry.
Leash and collar
Ensure you take your dog’s collar and lead with you. There might be times when you need to keep your companion under close control, particularly if walking around busy, unfamiliar areas.
It’s important to carry all your pet’s medicines with you as well as details of administration. Check in advance that you have enough for your whole trip as you don’t want to be caught short. It’s also a good idea take details of any local vets with you, just in case of an emergency.
If you’re visiting somewhere that’s likely to be hot, take a cool mat along with you to help prevent your pet from overheating. And remember, never leave your dog in a hot car.
Dog seat belt
If you’re travelling in a car, a dog seat belt is the best way to ensure everyone in the vehicle remains safe. There are lots of options on the market so choose one that suits you and your pet.
Doggy poop bags
Stock up before you go and you won’t need to worry about getting in an embarrassing situation having to ask another pet owner for one!
This only applies to those pets who are lucky enough to be travelling abroad for their holidays! Ensure you check out the rules and regulations of the country you’re visiting and make sure they’re up to date with the recommended vaccines and certificates before travelling.