Bringing your dog along can make vacations and other road trips more fun while strengthening the bond between you and your pet — if you plan carefully. This checklist will help make sure you and your canine companion are travel ready.
- Appropriate restraint device, travel crate or carrier
- Proof of vaccinations (consider scanning your pet’s medical records to a USB device in case of emergency)
- Food and water, bowls, medications, supplements and vitamins (even a few extra in case of a delayed return home)
- Disposal bags for pet waste and cleaning supplies for emergencies
- Grooming supplies, including an old towel in case of rain or for after swimming
- Favorite blanket, bed and toys
- Leash and collar with up-to-date ID tags (with your cell phone number), microchip information, rabies tags and/or fully charged GPS device
And don’t forget:
-Make frequent stops, especially if traveling long distances, so your dog can relieve itself, drink water and exercise.
-Maintain your dog’s feeding and exercise schedule as much as possible during your trip to reduce any anxiety they may feel about being away from home.