“Must-haves” for Pet Travel

We’re gearing up for a Thanksgiving road trip to NJ. I like to travel light, but I feel like I could make an endless list of things the dogs “need.” In reality the pups need very little, but there are some extras which can make the trip more enjoyable for everyone. The trick is figuring out what those “must have” extras are and what you can leave behind.

In the ongoing trial-and-error experiment that is my life, here are the goods I’ve found go the furthest when we’re furthest from home.

1. Antlers:

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This new antler gets even more attention than the old one. If the pups are in the mood for chomping, in the car or at our destination, I’ve found nothing keeps their attention like the antler

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In fact, it’s so popular I’ve ordered a second one to avoid these staring contests. Antlers are lightweight and don’t smell, a double bonus when traveling

2. Crate:

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Heavy? Yes. Cumbersome? Yes. Essential? For now. I no longer crate Penny at my apartment, but when we’re traveling, a crate is essential for her safety. While I run holiday errands I’ll feel much better knowing Penny is chomping on an antler in her crate and not looking for trouble around my mom’s house

3. Blanket:

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This green guy is the “The Little Blanket That Could.” It survived puppy-Eko and is chugging along unscathed by puppy-Penny. It’s small, comfy, lightweight and a familiar piece of home. No matter where we go, wherever I lay down the blanket is where the pups go to lay their heads 

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Penny would have gone to the fire anyway, but you get my drift

That’s it! Of course we have food, waste bags and treats (yes, treats are essential), but aside from that we’re minimalists. It makes traveling with the pups easier and more enjoyable if I’m not lugging beds, toys, grooming supplies and anything else I don’t absolutely need. If something unexpected comes up, I can usually rig together a temporary replacement. More often than not, I don’t need anything else.

Traveling with pets isn’t a one size fits all process though.  So I’m interested to hear what your “must haves” are when you hit the road with your pet. If you have any good ideas, I might just have to borrow them before we leave!





31 thoughts on ““Must-haves” for Pet Travel”

  1. We travel fulltime in a 45′ motorhome with our three rescue dogs. They are all about 60-70 pounds, and we do crate them when we leave them in the RV for any length of time. They feel more secure, and so do we! They love to travel, and when we say “get ready to go” they each find their special place in the RV. Like your two, they snooze away the day, and really are great travelers. Life is good!

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  2. I always have Mazie and the Girls’ medical info just like mine in case of an accident. I had the cool little medi-alert on Mazie’s collar but that collar and alert have disappeared in the twilight zone somewhere (with my favorite nail clippers and brush). Safe travels 🙂
    Kelly

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  3. Don’t forget a proper seat belt to stay safe on the road. We had to take the crate with us to Florida, sure wish Bailie would grow up! Katie and I were done with crates at ten months, but not Bailie!

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  4. I’ve been completely blown away at how Sam loves elk antlers. He’s never stayed engaged with treats like that for long but repeated goes back to the antler I gave him back in Feb. that is less than halfway gone! I found a company that sells the whole enchilada, splits, and burrs in multiple sizes too. They all last long, don’t get all slimy or smell like other chewy treats and can divert a busy pup in no time. 🙂

    Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving…from our house to yours.

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