Summer time means summer travel and for many dog moms and dads out there, summer travel involves a long, long road trip to their favorite vacation destination.
For those who are looking to bring along their dogs the long car ride can be especially troublesome.
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Trips in the car can be nerve wracking for many dogs. While some dogs love road trips, others may get sick or anxious.
Before setting out on a road trip, consult your vet if your dog is prone to car sickness or invest in some quality calming supplements to give to your dog prior to trips. This will help to make the road trip as hassel free and comfortable for your dog as possible.
For dogs who do not get sick and are unbothered by road trips, it’s still important to make sure that their needs are being met on the road. To ensure your dog is happy and safe during long trips, consider these must have supplies for road trips:
1. A seat belt for you dog.
Many dog parents leave their dogs unrestrained in the car, which can be a safety hazard for both you and your dog. Having your dog sit on your lap can be distracting for you and other drivers and can block your view of the road.
Imagine what would happen to your unrestrained dog in a car crash. Your dog could be injured by the air bag or worse.
Safe options for dog car travel include crating your dog (put the crate on the floor of the backseat or in an open trunk and make sure that the crate is big enough for your dog to move around comfortably) or having your dog wear one of the Center For Pet Safety’s crash test certified dog restraints. These include the Sleepypood Click it Sport and Sleepypod ClickitTerrain and the ZuGoPet: The Rocketeer Pack.
2. Snacks for you and your dog.
A long car trip can leave you and your dog feeling both tired and hungry. Pack a bag of healthy snacks for the both of you or carry along a small bag of your dog’s food. Check out this post from Dog Mom Days for ideas for snacks to share with your dog on road trips.
3. Waste bags.
If you’re planning on being in the car for several hours, both you and your dog are going to need to take potty breaks. Bring along a roll of waste bags and store them in your center console to clean up any messes along the way.
4. A small garbage bag.
Leave a small garabage bag or plastic bag in your car to collect the garbage that accumulates from you and your dog during long trips.
5. Towels or a mat to keep your seats clean.
If you are choosing to keep your dog restrained on the seats of your car or in a crate, it’s a good idea to bring a long some towels or a pet friendly mat to help keep your seats free from hair, drool, or vomit (hey accidents happen). If you plan on crating your dog, be sure to include a bed, crate mat, or blankets to help keep your dog comfortable.
6. Dog food, water, collapsible bowl.
While you can stop for food or snacks along the way, your dog is counting on you to make sure he has plenty of food and water during your long car trip. Make sure to bring your dog’s food so that he can eat, along with water and a collapsible bowl for your dog to drink from. The collapsible bowl will help to save space in your car as well!
7. Dog car barriers.
Finally, a dog car barrier may be a good option if your dog struggles to sit still during car rides. It can also help to contain the mess and eliminate distractions from your dog while you are driving. Check out this list from Pet Life Today on 25 of the best dog barriers.
By stocking your car with these must have supplies for road trips, you can help to keep the long drive as comfortable as possible for you and your dog and ensure a safe and happy trip. Happy travels!
What do you always bring along with you when your dog is in the car? Leave a comment below ?