Road Trip With a Dog Packing List
The first half of 2020 has kept most of us travel junkies anchored at home. However, the summer weather and long weekends may have you thinking of places to visit via car so that you can safely travel while continuing to social distance.
And we all know that the one bummer about going on a trip is that you usually have to leave your pup behind. Luckily, road trips are a great way to travel with your doggo! Below are some tips for taking a summer road trip with a dog as well as products you can bring to make the most of your adventures.
Essential Auto Gear for Dogs
The first thing to consider before hitting the road with your dog is how to keep them secure, comfortable, and safe in the car. Here are a couple of our favorite products that make car travel with your pup easier and safer!
PupShield Backseat Hammock
Does your dog try to climb it’s way up to the front seat while you are driving? Though we love having our dogs right next to us, this can be dangerous and distracting while driving!
We highly recommend the PupShield Backseat Hammock to keep your pooch secure in the back seat. This way they can’t climb up to the front or fall in between the seats while you are driving. This hammock is also made with a durable and water-resistant fabric that helps keep your seats from getting dirty or scratched up.
Pup Boost Lift Harness
The Pupboost Lift Harness is a really great product if you have a senior or disabled dog that needs a little help getting in and out of the car. It is also helpful if your dog is a large breed and you just need an extra boost lifting them into the car.
Here is how it works: there is a padded torso band that you can loop around your dog’s belly. Use the handles on each side to lift up your dog so that they can get into the car easier. You’ll find the padded torso band keeps the dog comfortable and helps distribute their weight for easier lifting.
PupBoost Car Seat
The PupBoost Car Seat is a product that will keep your pup secure and safe in your car. The seat folds flat when not in use and is super easy to install in the car.
We love it’s elevated design because it allows your doggo to still look out the window. There is an interior strap that clips to your dog’s collar or harness to keep them safe in the seat. The back and bottom are also padded to provide comfort during the ride.
Essential Road Trip Snacks for Dogs
Healthy dog treats are great to keep in your car during a road trip with a dog. Just like we get hungry during extended times in the car, dogs need snacks too!
Treats also help with stubborn dogs that may need coxing in and out of the car. We especially love the treats below because they are made with your pup’s health in mind!
All-Natural Road Snacks
Freeze-Dried Dog Treats
Essential Portable Bowls for Water Breaks
Road trips can complicate your typical dog feeding routines. However, these items make feeding and hydrating your pooch in the car easier! They are portable and easy to travel with so you can keep your dog refreshed with minimal hassle and mess.
The Port A Bowl is perfect on the go bowl for your dog. It is lightweight and completely collapsible so it doesn’t take up much room, which is great when space is limited.
It is good for food or water because the seams are taped to prevent leaking. The durable polyester material also dries quickly so you can pack the bowl back up as soon as your dog is done drinking. It crinkles up to fit in tight spaces like your glove box or center console. This bowl makes keeping your dog hydrated while on the road so easy!
Treat Tote for Snack Breaks
You can use the Treat Tote to store those yummy treats we mentioned earlier safely in your car. This bag is durable and water-resistant to help keep treats and kibble dry and fresh. You can also hook it to your pants to keep your hands free and the treats within reach.
We use the drawstring to keep the bag closed when not in use so treats don’t fall out into your car. We love this treat bag because it is just what you need for a road trip with a dog and travels well!
Fun Feeder Slow Bowl
You may already be familiar with these Fun Feeder Slow Bowls. The fun bowl designs help to prevent dog bloat by forcing your dog to eat up to 10x slower. Most of us keep them in our homes but they are very lightweight and portable so they are easy to travel with too. These bowls are totally worth bringing with you on a road trip so that your pup doesn’t break their healthy eating habits while traveling.
Essential Dog Toys to Bring on a Road Trip With a Dog
Dogs can get restless when in the car for long periods of time. These toys keep your dog occupied and happy while they are constrained to the car. When your dog is busy with their toys you can focus on getting to your destination safely.
The Orbee-Tuff Squeak Ball
It is tough enough for wherever your road trip leads you! The material is not only strong, but it is also BPA, phthalate-free, and floats in water. Its buoyancy makes it a great ball to bring out for water play. The patent-pending squeaker technology keeps the squeaker embedded in the ball without any glues or adhesives. This toy is a must-have for the squeaker loving dogs!
The Orbee-Tuff Snoop
If your pup needs a snack while on the road stuff their treats in an Orbee-Tuff Snoop toy before giving it to them! Your pooch will love the added challenge of getting the treats out of the toy. Plus the mental stimulation is just as good for them as physical exercise which can be difficult to get when traveling.
Essential Dog Gear for the Beach or Lake
Dog Life Jackets
Essential Curated Pup-list on Spotify
Before you hit the road, make sure you have a play list ready for you and your dog! Follow Outward Hound on Spotify for curated pup-lists that include some of the top four dog genres, such as Reggae, Soft Rock and Motown