Dog Road Trip Essentials


Road Trip Time! You’re ready to take your dog with you on your next adventure! Now that’s it’s time to pack, do you have everything? Don’t leave without your dog road trip essentials!

If you have a medical emergency what do you need for that? What if they have an accident in the car? You may be thinking of all these scenarios but it’s worth a few minutes checking!

We put together a list if helpful items for you!

ID Collar and Microchip

Jack Russell Terrier beg with Collar

First things first: If your dog somehow gets separated from you, you’ll want to be able to locate him or her. Purchase a sturdy collar and attach a personalized ID tag on it that contains your name, home address and cell phone number.

It’s worth taking this step even if your best friend has a microchip.

Sturdy Leash

This is especially necessary when visiting unfamiliar places on your road trip. This vest and leash combination is great. It’s no pull and easy to use.

tobeDRI No Pull Dog Harness Adjustable Reflective Oxford Easy Control Medium Large Dog Harness with A Free Heavy Duty 5ft Dog Leash (L (Neck: 18"-25.5", Chest: 24.5"-33"), Black Harness+Leash)
  • 【 NO PULL & NO CHOKE 】tobeDRI dog harness featured with 2 strong metal delta shape-rings on front and back for leash attaching, front clip prevent pulling and back for relaxed walking. The 2 rings are sewn with durable thick nylon webbing and enforced box stitches and bartacks that preventing ripped off even pulling hardly. Pulling pressure is evenly distributed to the body to prevent choking
  • 【 EASY TO USE AND LOCKING SECURITY 】The dog harness with simple design and quick snap buckles which make it easy to put on and take off. Locking feature on both snaps makes it more secure, 100% ensures no accidentally detachment. 4 easy size adjustors at neck and chest for easy adjusting to fit your dog perfectly, even with some room of growth. Perfect for daily walking, running, hiking, training, hunting, outdoor adventure and more!

Water Bowl and Water

Always carry additional water and a portable water bowl with you on your travels, because you never know how often you’ll be able to find a suitable water source along your travels.

Thirsty Dog puppy cocker spaniel drinking

Remember, dogs cool themselves by panting and drinking water, so having it water hand is critical to their health in warm conditions.

Most need about an ounce of fluids per pound of body weight per day, so a 10-pound dog needs a bit over a cup of clean water daily. The more active dogs can need more so make sure to plan accordingly!

Weight of DogAmount of Water Per Day
5 pounds1/2 cup or .15 Liters
10 pounds1 cup or .25 Liters
20 pounds2.5 cups or .75 Liters
40 pounds5 cups or 1.25 Liters
60 pounds7.5 cup or 1.75 Liters
80 pounds10 cups or 2.5 Liters
100 pounds12.5 cups or 3 Liters

Make sure there is water along your route or bring water with you. These are good inexpensive water carriers that are collapsible. If you need to bring water with you these can be a great option:

WaterStorageCube BPA-Free Collapsible Water Container with Spigot, Food-Grade Camping Water Storage Carrier Jug for Outdoors Hiking Hurricane Emergency, Foldable Portable Water Canteen (5.3 Gallon)
  • FOOD-GRADE ODORLESS GREAT TASTE: PE plastic made with highest quality USA raw material. Environmentally friendly non-toxic, No BPA PVC or DEHP, No plastic PVC odor and water taste will not be affected, Transparent.
  • LIGHT, COMPACT, PORTABLE AND REUSABLE Foldable space saving design store away easily. Remains soft and flexible even when cold yet retains shape and is easy to fill, dry, drain and reuse. Soft molded handles make holding and transport easy. Perfect for outdoor activities like camping, RV, hunting, hiking, backpacking, fishing, picnics, BBQs, sports, festivals, parties and beach.

When traveling you will want to keep things compact. Try this collapsible bowl for ease.

Collapsible Dog Bowl, 2 Pack Collapsible Dog Water Bowls for Cats Dogs, Portable Pet Feeding Watering Dish for Walking Parking Traveling with 2 Carabiners (Small, Blue+Green)
  • COLLAPSIBLE DESIGN: Convenient collapsible design for saving space, simply stretch and fold away,which are good for traveling,hiking,camping.
  • PORTABLE & CONVENIENT: The collapsible dog bowls are great pet travel bowls, lightweight and easy to carry with climbing buckle. It can attach to belt loop, backpack, leash or other locations.Suitable for outdoor acitivies.They also can be used as indoor dog / cat food bowl.

Also if you need to give your dog a quick drink, these portable water bottles offer a drinking cup for your dog:

M&MKPET Dog Water Bottle for Walking 12-18OZ Portable Pet Water Bottles for Puppy Small Medium Large Dogs Water Dispenser Pet Travel Drink Cup with Bowl Dog Accessories for Outdoor BPA Free(12oz, blue)
  • QUICK & CONVENIENT: One-hand operation, easy to feed water
  • PERFECTLY SAFE:This portable dog water bottle is made of high quality material, lead-free, BPA-free, safe and durable, easy dismantling and cleaning.

Dog Food

This one’s a no-brainer, but you should take care to bring along much more dog food than you expect to need. Bring along your pet’s favorite food to prevent upset stomachs that can occur from sudden changes in diet.

Dog waiting for feeding

We recommend some great foods here if you’re interested. Make sure to plan accordingly for the size of your dog and the length of the trip.

Puppy Feeding Chart

Weight of DogAmount of Food Per Day
5 pounds1/2 cup to 5/8 cup
10 pounds3/4 cup to 1 cup
20 pounds1 1/4 cups to 1 3/4 cups
40 pounds2 1/4 cups to 3 cups
60 pounds3 cups to 4 cups
80 pounds3 2/3 cups to 5 cups
100 pounds4 1/4 cups to 6 cups

Adult Dog Feeding Chart

Weight of DogAmount of Food Per Day
5 pounds1/2 cup to 5/8 cup
10 pounds3/4 cup to 1 cup
20 pounds1 1/4 cups to 1 3/4 cups
40 pounds2 1/4 cups to 3 cups
60 pounds3 cups to 4 cups
80 pounds3 2/3 cups to 5 cups
100 pounds4 1/4 cups to 6 cups

Depending on how much food your dog needs you may need a dog food container to carry all of it if your going on a long road trip.

You may not be able to find your pup’s favorite brand in another part of the country, so having the right food on hand will avoid unpleasant gastrointestinal surprises.

Waste Bags

Don’t risk running out of doggy bags! Bring along plenty of plastic bag rolls to make it easy to dispose of waste at rest areas, parks, or on hotel grounds. This is another obvious one, but it can be easy to overlook when you’re busy packing up all of your own bags.

FurroLandia Hemp Calming Treats for Dogs - 170 Soft Chews - Made in Usa - Hemp Oil for Dogs - Dog Anxiety Relief - Natural Calming Aid - Stress - Fireworks - Aggressive Behavior (Peanut Butter Flavor)
  • Safe & Natural Calming Support - Our soft chews will help to calm your dog so it can peacefully endure stressful situations, such as long car trips, visiting unfamiliar places, or hearing thunder
  • Ideal For All Dog Breeds & Sizes - Whether it is a teacup chihuahua or a massive pit bull that you proudly own, our calming treats will help to keep your dogs relaxed, behaved and in control

There are also some other products out there to help your dog with stress like this toy designed to let dogs lick when they get stressed.

Bath Bones | Anxiety Bone Slow Feeder | Food Grade Material | Combats Dog’s Anxiety During Stressful Events | Great for Peanut Butter, Yogurt, Coconut Spread and More!
  • COMBAT ANXIETY – Bath Bones reduces your dog’s anxiety during stressful events such as bath time, car rides, thunderstorms, vet visits & grooming!
  • EASY TO USE – Simply suction Bath Bones to any smooth, flat surface and spread your dog’s favorite treat in the flavor grooves! Freeze Bath Bones to extend the period of engagement


Pack a few of your dog’s favorite toys for the road trips so they have a few familiar comfort items to help them feel secure on the journey. The toys will keep them busy during long hours in the car and relieve stress at the end of the day.

Best Toy Balls for Dogs

Dog chews may also be great for the car. Many different indestructible dog toys to choose from. A dog toy for chewing could be a good option while your dog is traveling or even while you are at your destination!

First Aid Kit

dog injured Wound on paw

This is an item that seems like a burden to carry around until you need it. If you are on the road and your dogs needs attention this can literally be a life saver!

PASRLD Dog Sweater Leopard Pattern Dog Turtleneck SweatersKnitwear Warm Pet Sweater for Fall Winter (M, Yellow)
  • ★Cute and adorable cat/dog sweater for your lovely sweet pet, make your pet more attractive.
  • ★Timeless classic turtleneck.You can easily put any collar or harness and walk your dog without any hassle.

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