We’ve taken our dogs on all kinds of trips – one-day excursions, weekend getaways, and even six week stints abroad. Through trial and error, we’ve perfected the essential things to pack when we leave home with our two dogs. Some of the items that made this list are surprising, and certainly won’t be found in your typical pet travel checklist. Take a look, and consider bringing these must-have dog travel items on your next trip.
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All-In-One Combo Utensils
This utensil is a fork, spoon, and knife, all-in-one.
They’re great for scooping out dog food, cutting up protein for meals, or mixing food.
Use them on road trips, or for serving impromptu dog meals in airports.
We love this color coded set (pictured), that comes with a portable bag and bottle opener. We pack one color for humans, and one for the dogs.
Travel Laundry Bag
There’s nothing worse than getting your clean and dirty clothes mixed together in your suitcase. Add in dirty dog clothes, used towels, or doggy washcloths and things get even worse, and smellier.
We like to keep things separate so that our clean clothes stay clean and smelling fresh.
Travel laundry bags help, plus, they’re easier to use than plastic bags, and reusable.
This one (pictured) is super lightweight, and it folds into an easy-to-pack small square. Bonus: it’s only $5!
Pet First Aid Kit
Be prepared for injuries with a pet first aid kit.
With this, you’re able to treat cuts, scrapes, sprains, strains, etc. It includes scissors, tweezers, pet brush, a pair of rubber gloves, antiseptic cleaning wipes, and more.
It’s a must have, especially if you’re planning outdoor activities like hiking or camping. Better safe than sorry.
This kit (pictured) is compact, a reasonable price, and has all of the essentials.
Portable Phone Charger
Cell phones and tablets are incredibly useful when traveling, not just for humans but for their four-legged companions as well.
We use our phones to store Boogie’s vet records, his travel forms, and to photograph all of his adventures.
We’ve also relied on phones in emergencies, like looking up the closest vet or pet shop.
For that, and many other reasons, it’s always good to carry a portable phone charger in case you’re out all day and your battery dies.
This one (pictured) comes with a travel pouch, 18 month warranty, and it can charge two devices at a time.
Dog Travel Bed
Dog beds are so useful on the road, and it took me a while to realize it.
They’re great for keeping dogs comfortable, especially if you’re outdoors and there are uneven or hard surfaces.
They’re also great in preventing dogs from jumping up on hotel furniture, especially if there’s a security deposit or policy.
We bring one on every trip now, and our dogs have benefited greatly.
This travel bed (pictured) comes in large or small, and is waterproof and machine washable. It folds up into an easy-to-carry bag with handles, with space to store dog toys and other accessories inside.
Indoor Camera System
Whether you’re spending a weekend away, or traveling for an extended period of time, chances are you will have to leave your dog behind at some point. Perhaps for a dinner out, or during a non dog-friendly activity.
When we leave Boogie and Marcelo alone in a hotel room or Airbnb, we always use an indoor camera. It allows us to check in with the pups, and get live footage of what they’re up to.
A decade ago, this wouldn’t have been possible, but nowadays, it’s easy to travel with extra security.
We use Blink Indoor Home Security (pictured), both at home and on the road. It’s super lightweight, so it’s easy to pack in a purse or bag. All you need is wifi, an outlet, and a phone, and you’re all set.
Blink has a built-in motion sensor alarm, easy wireless control via an app on your phone, and provides home and pet monitoring in real time. It’s security for your valuables, both the material and fur kind. Plus, it’s relatively inexpensive for the peace of mind it gives.
What must-have items do you travel with? Let us know in the comments!
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