The best way to ensure a successful trip to a new destination is to prepare. That counts for your furry friend just as much as it does for you. Here, we’re going to look at the five must-have items you need to check off your list before you set for sunnier shores with your pooch by your side.
Harness, leash, and crate
Whether you’re travelling by train, plane, or automobile, a crate is recommended to keep your dog secure, safe, and from causing any trouble. In most shared transport, it’s mandatory. Bring a harness, a leash, and a backup leash to ensure that you keep track of your dog when out and about. Never walk in an area your dog is unfamiliar with without having them secured. The risk of losing them or even of having them stolen is very real.
Plenty of food and water
You don’t want to rely on what food might be available locally. You don’t know what’s in it and how your dog will take to the change in diet. Get them on a diet of the best wet dog food readily available and make sure you bring enough to take care of every meal during the journey. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water you can easily give to them if you’re making the journey by car, too.
Pee pads and poop bags
New locations are exciting and a little anxious for your dogs, which means that you should anticipate more accidents and potty breaks than usual. Bring a whole fresh supply of poop bags if you need to. Lay down pee pads in your accommodation as well, as it’s not unexpected that your pooch might end up forgetting their house training in a brand-new environment.
Their favourite toys/security blanket/random object
As mentioned, a little anxiety during the trip is to be expected. The journey can stress them out and staying in a new place can fill them with uncertainty. Familiarity will help them settle much more quickly. Besides ensuring that you never leave them alone for too long, bringing their favourite playthings, whether it’s toys, chews, blankets, or your old socks, can bring them some peace of mind so they can enjoy the trip, too.
Any medication they might need
You likely don’t need to be told this, but it’s important to have a reminder to check and check again that you’ve packed any medication that they’re on. Don’t forget to check up with the vet, let them know where you’re travelling, and how you’re getting there. They may have some recommendations or concerns that need to be addressed before you set off on your journey. Don’t take any chances when it comes to your pupper’s health.
You do not want to have to deal with the stress of looking for dog supplies in an area that might not have any. Nor do you want your dog to be too anxious or uncomfortable to join the trip. Check the list, check your luggage, and check it twice before you head off.