Road-trip season is fast approaching – and whether you’re planning a day trip or a week-long journey of fun and exploration, there is one member of your family (aside from yourself, that is) that you will need to take care in packing for.
Packing for you pooch can be a little overwhelming, especially if this is your first fur-family outing. Bear has his very own puppy suitcase (although he still doesn't enjoy seeing things being packed away and WILL try to unpack as I pack) and a checklist to go with it.
Here are some of the things that I make sure to include on Bear’s suitcase checklist – it guarantees hassle-free packing and reduces the risk of forgetting something important at home.
MUST HAVE ITEMS:
Up-to-date documentation of all inoculations
International permits (if traveling across borders)
The phone number and emergency numbers of your veterinarian and local animal hospital (you should also have the number for an emergency clinic in the area you will be – just in case)
Collapsible travelling cage (unless going by plane – then you’ll need an approved shipping crate)
Food (enough to last 3 or 4 days more than your planned trip)
Bowls for food and water
Flat-buckled collar and I.D. tag with your pooch’s name, your address and phone number on it (you may want to consider tattooing or micro-chipping)
Leak-proof bottles of cold water with ice cubes in them
Poop bags (or a steady supply of plastic bags)
Leash or lead (I always take an extra leash with me – again, just in case)
A chew toy (or 2....or 3...)
NICE TO HAVE:
Brush and regular grooming supplies
Sweater or rain coat in case of a change in the weather
Your pet’s favourite toys or playthings
Harness or pooch-friendly seat belt attachment (when traveling by car)
Window grills (when traveling by car).
Keep your tails wagging
(and enjoy your trip!)