If you can’t imagine going on summer vacation without your pet, road trips make a great option. But before you hit the road, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve packed everything your pet might need during the journey. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of the must-bring items for any summer road trip with pets, be it across the city, the state, or even the country!
No summer road trip is complete without a selection of snacks for you and your pet to nibble on as the miles pass. Before leaving, fill up a cooler with your pet’s favorite Freshpet treats and recipes as well as a selection of pet-safe human snacks you can enjoy together. Not sure which snacks fall in this category? Take a look at our list of human foods your pet can enjoy as well. Keeping them in a cooler will ensure that they stay fresh during the drive, regardless of the distance.
Looking out the window is only going to keep your pet occupied for so long, which means you’ll need to have some car-friendly toys ready for when they’re in need of a distraction.
Chances are, your pet’s regular water bowl won’t cut it for a road trip. Instead, you’ll want to invest in one with a spill-proof design that is made specifically for use in the car. The Kurgo No Spill Dog Travel Bowl is a great option as it has a tapered lip, which helps reduce splashing while traveling, and a unique wedge design that allows it to lay flat on car seats. Bonus points for the fact that it’s also made from a food-grade, dishwasher-safe material!
As exciting as it is to be on vacation, all of the changes can leave your pet feeling a bit unsettled. To minimize these feelings of anxiety, it’s helpful to bring some items from home that have a familiar smell. Some great options include your pet’s:
Letting your pet sit with these items during the drive and at rest stops will give them a sense of familiarity and comfort in an ever-changing environment.
If the comforts of home aren’t curbing your pet’s anxiety, you’ll want to have a few backup items packed that are designed to calm nervous pets. These could include:
All of these accessories make great alternative to sedatives, which require a prescription from a vet and have the potential for side effects.
Even in an air-conditioned car, your pet may need some extra help to stay cool. Fortunately, there are a number of cooling accessories that are easy to pack and use during your summer road trip.
You now have your packing list covered, but if you’re looking for inspiration on destinations or stops for your road trip, why not take a look at this list of the country’s most pet-friendly cities!