Paws for a Road Trip: Tips and Essentials for Traveling with Your Dog

Apr 27, 2023

Whether you’re taking your pup to visit the grandparents in the next state or going on an epic cross-country drive, traveling with your four-legged bestie can be an absolute hoot. But before you hit the road, there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure Freddie is safe and comfortable during your travels.

happy dog sitting in the back of a car, ready to go on a road trip

Whether you’re taking your pup to visit the grandparents in the next state or going on an epic cross-country drive, traveling with your four-legged bestie can be an absolute hoot. But before you hit the road, there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure Freddie is safe and comfortable during your travels. Here are some tips and essentials for when you take your dog along for a road trip.

Safety First (Seat Belts): No matter how excited your pup might be to get out of town, it’s important that they stay safe while out on the open road. Just like human passengers, dogs should be buckled up in their seat belts whenever you’re driving. If they don’t have one, don’t sweat it—just pick up a pet harness that attaches directly to the seat belt buckle and voila! Your pup is secure as can be while you cruise down the highway.

Bring Along Some Particular Pup Provisions: Whether it’s treats or toys, being prepared helps keep your pup content during long car rides. Stock up on all their favorite munchies and pack them in an insulated container so they remain fresh throughout the trip. It’s also smart to bring along some water from home so your pup doesn't get thirsty on those long drives. And if you want to make sure they stay comfy, snag one of those doggie beds for them to use during rest stops or overnight stays at hotels (just make sure it's one that fits easily into your car).

Get Familiar with Pet-Friendly Hotels: If you happen to be staying overnight somewhere along the way, double check ahead of time if pets are allowed at the hotel where you plan on staying. Many pet-friendly hotels offer special amenities such as doggie beds, water bowls, and even treat bags—and many don't require additional fees for furry guests! This way you know exactly what services will be available when you arrive and can prepare accordingly.

When taking a road trip with Fido in tow, preparation is key! Following these tips will ensure both yours and your pup's comfort from start to finish so that everyone has a good time during this adventure together! So grab those leashes, strap ‘em in tight with their seat belts, stock up on snacks and toys galore—it looks like we're headed out on a pawsitively pawesome road trip!