Dog Mom Travel Essentials: Tips & Tricks for Memorable Trips

Dog Mom Travel Essentials: Tips & Tricks for Memorable Trips

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Gabe Garcia

If you're planning a long journey or traveling with your dog, it's important to plan ahead to make sure your pup is as comfortable as possible.

Don't worry, though; we've got you covered. This article will go through everything you need to consider both before and during the journey so your dog is as happy as possible.

How To Prepare For Your Trip

Before setting off on your adventure, it's important that you take the time to prepare properly.

Here are six things you must do before your next trip to make it as least stressful as possible.

1. Health Checks

Prior to embarking on your journey, prioritize your dog's well-being by scheduling a visit to your veterinarian.

This step ensures that your furry companion is in optimal health for the adventure ahead; the last thing anybody wants is an emergency vet bill during a trip.

This is also a great opportunity to ask your vet for any extra tips they might have before you take the journey.

Moreover, depending on your travel destination, certain places may necessitate a health certificate. This certification attests to your dog's fitness for travel, helping you navigate any specific requirements seamlessly.

2. Microchipping and Identification

Ensure your dog has up-to-date ID tags and microchips, complete with your current contact information.

These essentials are vital in safeguarding your pet during your travels and beyond. In addition to traditional identification methods, consider leveraging modern technology like Apple AirTags.

These compact tracking devices can be attached to your dog's collar, allowing you to pinpoint their location in real time should they ever go missing. This proactive approach enhances your pet's security and expedites the reunification process, offering peace of mind throughout your journey.

3. Research Dog-Friendly Accommodations and Locations

When planning your trip, take the time to research your travel destination thoroughly.

Look for accommodations, parks, beaches, and attractions that warmly welcome your four-legged companion.

Dog-friendly hotels and venues offer a welcoming environment for both you and your pet, fostering an enjoyable experience throughout your journey.

To ease your search, platforms like Yelp can be a valuable resource. Many dog-friendly restaurants and establishments display a "Dogs Allowed" attribute on their Yelp pages, indicating their pet-friendly status.

You can also use this guide as a starting point for inspiration for dog-friendly vacation spots in the US.

4. Plan Breaks and Hydration

Just like humans, dogs need regular breaks and hydration during travel. When plotting your journey, be sure to include designated restroom stops for your furry companion.

Additionally, ensure you have an ample supply of water to keep your pet hydrated throughout the trip, preventing any discomfort or dehydration. Many airports acknowledge the needs of traveling pets and offer designated pet relief areas, making it convenient for dogs to relieve themselves. Incorporate these rest stops into your itinerary to give your pet the necessary breaks and care they deserve.

By prioritizing their comfort and well-being, you're setting the stage for a smooth and enjoyable travel experience for both you and your beloved canine companion.

5. Slowly Acclimate Your Dog to Travel

Before a long journey, acclimate your dog to spending time in the car by taking them on small journeys. Once they're comfortable, gradually increase the time until they are more used to spending time in the car.

6. Packing Essentials

The last step of preparation is to get a few essentials together that will become useful during traveling.

Here are our top recommendations of things you need to take with you:

Tote Bag

We always recommend taking a tote bag with you to carry around any essentials that you might need during your journey, such as treats for your dog, dry food for stops, and water.

Our Poodle Playtime Tote Bag is a great option for this, as it has plenty of room for all the essentials you'll need for your trip.

Dog Bed

In a moment, we'll talk more about the importance of your dog's security during travel, but don't forget to prioritize their comfort as well.

Using a dog bed is the best way to do this, and our Pretty Princess Dog Bed is an ideal option as it will easily fit in your car and provide a base for your dog to lay down on.


Furthermore, we recommend a blanket, especially for anxious dogs that may have difficulty feeling safe and secure during travel. Our selection includes a blanket designed specifically for longer journeys.

How To Make Sure Your Dog Is Comfortable And Happy During The Trip

Once all the planning is done and you're on your way, here are some things to keep in mind to make the journey as stress-free as possible.

Keep Your Dog Secured

For safety reasons, always ensure your pet is secure during travel, whether using a carrier, crate, doggy seatbelt, or a combination of these.

Dog crates combined with a dog bed and cushion are great options, as long as your dog has experience being inside the crate before.

Maintain a Routine

Establishing a regular feeding, exercise, and sleeping schedule following your dog's home routine will help reduce stress and anxiety levels during travel.

This is especially important for long journeys as you can judge when your dog needs to eat and get outside for exercise.

Provide Entertainment

Bring along toys like the Pink Poodle Toy Bone to keep your dog entertained and happy during the journey.

These can be useful if you can't find somewhere to stop with lots of space.


Going on a long journey or traveling with your dog has never been easier; the secret is in the preparation. Make sure your dog is used to spending time in the car beforehand, and make them as comfortable as possible during the journey.

Got any other tips for traveling with your pup? Let us know.


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