Whether you’re taking a cross-country road trip or flying to a new city, bringing your dog along for the ride is a blast. But before you head out the door, be sure you have everything they might need. While their packing list probably isn’t quite as long as yours, they still require some gear that might be different from their day-to-day things at home. To help make getting from point A to B a breeze, we put together a handy checklist for stress-free travel. Here’s to happy trails and wagging tails!
Here are four dog essentials in one easy set. The leash and collar keep your dog securely at your side, and the sling bag is perfect for holding poop bags, treats, and even some of your things (like wallet, keys, and phone). Plus, the travel-size dog water bottle clips right on and off, so you can keep your pup hydrated the entire time. It’s the perfect set you need for quick potty breaks on car rides or zipping through the airport to catch your flight with your pup.
Dog treats are always good to have on hand, but especially when you’re on the go. These single-ingredient dog snacks are made of cod skin, so they’re more sustainable than beef or lamb and absolutely drool-worthy. Bring these along to keep your dog’s attention or reward them for good behavior throughout your trip. (And maybe have a backup bag ready, because we’re sure your dog will be begging for more!)
Interactive puzzle toys give dogs the everyday mental stimulation they need. On top of that, they’re great for pups who get anxious or restless while traveling. This treat toy from West Paw is durable, BPA- and latex-free, and will have your dog happy and occupied until you get to your destination.
We hope you won’t have to use this, but it’s better to be prepared for emergencies than not — especially if you’re planning to hike with your dog. This first aid kit comes with a variety of medical tools and essentials, like splinter picker/tick remover, elastic and gauze bandages, antiseptic towelettes, antibiotic ointment, and saline wash.
If you’re bringing your pup along for car rides, you might want this safety harness on hand, which is meant to minimize harm in a crash by restricting movement and distributing force evenly throughout a dog’s torso. This one’s compatible with any car seat belt system, certified car safe for dogs up to 75 pounds, and padded chest plate for extra protection and comfort.
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