How To Pack Light While Traveling With Your Dog

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

August 4, 2015

We’ve all been there. It’s time to take a trip with your dog and you never know exactly what to pack. Is it too much? Too little? Will my dog be happy enough with what I brought? That’s why I am here to help. Here are the essentials you will need while traveling with your dog that won’t overload your baggage.

1. Dog Waste Bags are numero uno. You don’t want to be that dog owner who runs out of bags. I’ve waited on the sidewalk, hovering over my dog’s business, while my friend had to run into the nearest convenience store begging for a plastic bag. These bags are perfect by Harry Barker. They are made of recycled plastic, are biodegradable and clip onto your leash for convenience! Cute, light and easy to grab once your dog goes!

Harry Barker

2. Travel Bag. This bag by Love Thy Beast is amazing because it’s not cumbersome. It’s made of cotton duck canvas and topstitched for extra durability. Your dog will have a nice place to show his head and then you have two pockets on the side to hold treats, toys, leashes, etc. There is also a collar-to-leash attachment and a removable sturdy foot pad. The bag is also machine washable – SCORE!

Love Thy Beast Bag

3. Collapsible Travel Bowl. This is something that you should always keep handy. These travel bowls by Prima Pets are perfect to feed your dog while on a trip to the park, a friend’s house, a long walk, etc. You can fill it with your dog’s kibble or pour some water in it for a quick water dish. Once you’re done, go ahead and collapse it and then clip onto belt loop, the leash or collar for easy storage.


4. Updated ID tags / Custom Collar. This is especially important if you are traveling out of state. Your dog may know the route home, but when you’re in a new environment, things could get weird! L.L. Bean is known for personalizing items, I’m sure your dog would appreciate it!

Personalized Collar

5. Treats, duh! You should always have some treats with you so you can let your pup know when they are doing a great job. It’s always great for reinforcement…and for spoiling!! These peanut butter flavored treats are the best because they are small and portable (plus they are grain free and super delicious!)

No Grainers Treats

6. A Durable Toy. If you want to entertain your dog, a rubber toy will keep them very occupied. This one by Martha Stewart Pets is great because your dog can chew on it after you toss it and he fetches! Triple whammy! As an added bonus, you can always throw some treats in the hollow middle to stimulate your dog’s brain!

Martha Stewart Pets

7. Pet First Aid Kit. If you are traveling to a new area that you’re not familiar with yet, a small First Aid Kit is key, just like this one by Survival Frog! If your pup gets a sting, scratch, or splinter – your handy dandy first aid kit will be able to get them back on the right track until you can find the closest vet.

First Aid Kid

As long as you remember these essentials, traveling with your pup will be paws-itively seamless!

Featured Image via Mox and Fodder

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

August 4, 2015

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