Dog Travel Essentials: What to Pack

Dog Travel EssentialsTraveling with a dog you need the dog travel essentials twice as much as traveling alone. Not only do you have to pack for yourself, but you need to pack a doggie backpack for your furry friend.

The suggestion of a doggie backpack is with filled water bottles or other weighted material (not too much, but enough to make the dog work harder).

It gives your dog the workout he deserves without completely tiring yourself out before a day at work to do it.

Also the idea of him being able to carry his own water, food, toys, and treats on long hikes and camping trips once the summer months roll around.

Once you have created a list of items, hold onto it for future use. Store your dog’s travel goods in one place so you can just grab it and go.

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1 - Food and water dishes
Bamboo Silicone Pop-Up Travel BowlLeave your dog’s ceramic dishes at home where they belong. Pick up some collapsible bowls that are made from waterproof nylon.

You can press them down for extra space and put them in your backpack. Just pull them out and fill them up when your dog is thirsty.

These are good to have in the car at all times, just in case your dog needs food or water on trips.

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2 - Dog First Aid Kit
AKC-Pet-First-Aid-KitA dog first aid kit contains many of the same products used by humans. The ASPCA makes a good all-inclusive kit for less than $30. Keep it in your trunk for easy access.

This Kit allows you to help assist your pet when they are injured until you can consult your veterinarian. Great for your car, house, traveling and more. It contains the supplies that you will need for most first response situations.

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3 - Dog Cooling Mats & Cargo Liners
Bergan-Comfort-Carrier Soft Sided Pet CarrierIf you’re concerned about your dog messing up your car, invest in a waterproof cargo liner designed by Guardian Gear or Solvit for under $100.

A cooling mat is great to have on trips, these beds are attractively designed and allow a cool spot for dogs, where you might have to leave your dog in the car for a few minutes. They can be refrozen any time.

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4 - Dog Toys & Chews
KONG Classic Kong Dog ToyDog toys are another necessity. Dogs get bored in the car and whine just like kids.

A marrow bone or Kong chew toy filled with peanut butter will give him a couple of hours of amusement while you drive in peace.

Keep a supply of dog treats just in case he gets cranky.

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