If you are a pet lover like we are, then you will love our packing tips and tricks for traveling with your dog! Do you plan on taking your dog on a road trip? Well, it takes more planning than remembering to bring their leash and some food.

We have updated this post since 2015.  We take our dog, Chloe, just about everywhere we can but not without some research and planning. Be sure to pack along some homemade dog treats too. 

Packing Tips For Traveling With Your Dog are a must this year! Don't hesitate to take your pets on your next family road trip when you follow our tips!

5 Packing Tips For Traveling With Your Dog

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If this is your first travel experience with your dog, it is really important to take into account our packing tips for your pet’s safety and well-being. Not all animals are good with travel, so make sure to do a test run before taking a longer trip.

1. VISIT YOUR VET: Especially with a young pup, be sure to call your vet and ensure your dog is up-to-date for vaccinations. If you are taking a camping trip you may inquire about such threats as  Lyme disease.

2. BOOK PET-FRIENDLY HOTELS: If your road trip requires an overnight stay, be sure to plan your road trip and find a pet-friendly hotel. Many hotels list their weight restrictions and fees on their website but it does not hurt to call first.

When doing this, follow one of my top packing tips – take extra potty pads for your dog. Even if your dog is “housebroken”, staying in a strange place can be a tough transition. Go prepared rather than paying a cleanup fee.

3. PACK YOUR DOG HIS OWN BAG:  We pack Chloe her own bag with all the necessary items to keep her happy. Be sure to have this easily accessible when packing up the trunk. It is usually the last thing in our trunk so we can reach her food, leash, water easily during a pit stop.

  • Food and food bowl
  • Water, water bottle and bowl
  • Leash
  • Toys for chewing and fetching
  • Medications
  • Dog-safe insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Blanket and dog towel
  • Brush and shampoo
  • Flea comb and tick remover
  • Poop bags
  • Treats


packing for a dog road trip

4. UP TO DATE DOG IDS: You never think it will happen but your dog can get lost even under your watchful eye. If the dog is in an unfamiliar place, finding their way back to you is even harder. Make sure they have the proper cell phone number on their collar and if they have a microchip, make sure it is up to date as well.
5. EXERCISE YOUR DOG: It is a good rule of thumb for humans as well as your dog to stop every 4 hours to get out and stretch. This means taking the time to plan your road trip with a leash and harness or even a muzzle if your dog tends to snap at strangers. Our truck needs gas about every 4 hours so this is a good reminder to stop and stretch your legs. Just be sure your dog leash is readily available.
Making memories with your family and your pets is an amazing part of travel. Like I said, we just took Chloe on a 24 hour, round trip, road trip this summer.
We were thrilled to have her along and she was happy to be with her people. Take your pets with you on your road trip but don’t forget these packing tips t make things easier to manage!

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