Road Trip With Your Dog: Tips & What To Pack

I’m constantly taking my two dogs on road trips. When we lived in Texas, we loved to pack in the car and explore the beautiful southwest, traveling anywhere from one to eight hours! Of course, back then, nothing beat our cross-country trips to Charlotte to visit family. We would spend an intense two days in the car, checking off states every few hours. While we’ve been pretty settled since officially moving to Charlotte, I think it’s fair to say my dogs are expert car riders! 

Here are some of the things we pack – and rules we follow – to make our trips stress-free. I hope they help you on your next trip!

What To Pack

  • Portable food and water bowls
  • Ziploc bag filled with food
  • Bottled water
  • Ziploc bag filled with various treats
  • Some toys to keep your fur baby occupied
  • Their doggie bed
  • Blanket 
  • Crate, dog car hammock (like this one), or another restrictive device for safety
  • Poop bags
  • Paper towels (in case of any messes)
  • Pet first-aid kit (see 18 dog first aid kit essentials here)
  • Proper ID
  • Vet records (vaccination history)

When it comes to packing for your pooch, also think about what activities you will be doing on your trip. Are you going on a hike? If so, check out this article

Now that we’ve gone over what you should bring, check out some more great tips from this infographic by EntirelyPets. It’s extremely helpful! 

Road Trip With Your Dog


Via EntirelyPets

If you’re going on a last-minute road trip, it’s easy to forget something. Make sure to come back and review this post. It can be a very useful checklist!