Roadtripping with dogs: The essentials

Traveling with dogs can be both a wonderful adventure and a pain in the butt at the same time.

My two dogs, a black lab/setter mix and a chihuahua mix, travel with me a lot, and it isn’t always easy. Here are some products that I’ve found made trips in the car a little easier.

A seat cover

I use this this totally waterproof hammock. It completely covers the backseat as well as the side doors, perfect for catching dog hair and keeping it under control while traveling.

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A barrier

If keeping your pup in the backseat isn’t your thing (and trust me, in some cases it just doesn’t work), and you have a suitable vehicle, a barrier will help keep him safe.

Some barriers come custom-made to fit specific vehicles, while others are adjustable. I use this one in my Subaru Crosstrek.

A collapsible water bowl

These water bowls are great because you can fold them up and stick them in the backseat door storage permanently. I always have an emergency bottle of water or two in the trunk as well.

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A safety kit

Emergencies happen. This Pet Safety Kit contains essential items like a waterproof ID card, thermal foil emergency blanket, tweezers, sting pads and more.

This kit is also great for camping and hiking. Extra toys and treats

Not a necessity, but it’s especially nice on longer trips to have extra toys on hand. Sometimes it’s worth venturing off your route a little bit to stop at a dog park and make sure your pup gets some much needed exercise and stretch time.

In my car, I always have a bag of treats as well as a tennis ball or two.

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