We just got back from a 800-mile road trip from Seattle to Bend, OR and back. It is the first road trip we have taken in almost 2 years. I had to scramble around the house to gather all of our usual road trip stuff we take for the dogs. Believe it or not, packing for a road trip with two small dogs requires a lot of stuff. I guess, really, that I would pack the same stuff whether my dog was small or large.
I hope to take some more road trips in the upcoming months so I wanted to put together some travel kits that I can just grab and go without having to search around for everything. This is what I put together.
Locking Plastic Tub
(So the dogs don’t eat what is in it)
- Dog food
- Treats/snacks (including Leanlix and training treats for distracting dogs when eating out)
- Supplements – joint care and athletic performance support
- Treat toys- 2 WIGZI Pocket Bones to put treats in and 2 Kongs to stuff
- Natural, no sodium peanut butter – to stuff Kong
- Plastic knife – to put peanut butter in Kong
- 2 Jones Natural Chews Beef Rib Rollers
- Happy Traveler Bite Size Calming Soft Chews
- Water supplements – for energy and getting dogs to drink water – K9 GoDog Sports Drink for Dogs or Honest Kitchen ProBloom Instant Goat’s Milk (I usually add twice the water since they are drinking a lot)
(the idea to use a diaper bag for a kit so you can grab and go came from my friend at Dog Jaunt, as well as the idea to bring some carpet cleaner)
- Copies of vaccination records
- Alcott Pet First Aid Kit
- Poop bags
- 2 microfiber bath towels (camping kind)
- Roll of paper towels
- Pet carpet cleaner- Natures Miracle Advanced Formula Pet Stain & Odor Remover
- Glass cleaner (to wipe dog nose of your car window if it gets to be too much, the hotel window or the window of a friend’s house)
- Odor eliminator spray (to spray the dog stink of furniture, dog beds or out of the air – my favorite is Pure Ayre for Pets)
- HappyTails Dry Dog Instant Clean (Spray on bath replacement for the potty “accidents” like poop where it shouldn’t be)
- Small bottle of dog wash (currently Fresh Dog Natural Oatmeal Shampoo)
- Nature’s Miracle Ultra-Cleanse Coat Wipes
- Hartz Ultra Guard Dog Pads – To place in the hotel room hall or in front of the door….because if they are going to mark inside, that is where they are going to do it (these absorb an adult dog’s amount of pee)
- Dog Paws Lotion Bar – or rough, dry or cracked paws/noses (since we ARE going somewhere hot and dry)
- Nail clipper
- 2 Dog Toys
- 2 flashing LED lights – for hooking to their harness when walking at night
- portable radio
- Lint roller
- 2 dog beds
- Snoozer Lookout Car Seat
- 2 fleece throws
- 2 full-size bath towels – to wipe of water, dirt and mud before putting them in the car
- Leashes and harnesses (yes, multiple – we have one set for walking and one for hiking. Our hiking harness is the Ruffwear Webmaster)
- Ruffwear Highlands Dog Bed (a thin, water and dirt resistant bed for laying on the ground at restaurants or parks)
Whew! Just writing that list made me tired. Clearly I like to be prepared for anything. Surprisingly this stuff doesn’t take up much space.
The theory around putting this all together is that it will only take me a minute to pack for the dogs in the future because all I will need to do is grab these kits (plus the “Other” stuff which is usually in the car anyway).
I think I covered about anything we could possibly need but can you think of anything else you would bring?