Dog Road Trip Essentials

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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.

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:

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

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

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.

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.

Toys

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!

Photo credit: Creative Commons user jsmjr

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