Ready to go!Toothbrush?  Check.  Pajamas?  Check.  Leash?  Where….?

Canines lucky enough to travel along with their family on holiday trips can be easily overlooked, especially with new airline regulations that limit the amount we can bring on board.  But not having the appropriate gear can be an inconvenience and add to the holiday stress.

Before you head out the door and on to a plane, train, or automobile, check to make sure you have all the essentials.


Here’s a recommended list of gear you shouldn’t leave home without:

  1. Leash
  2. Dog bed, blanket, or something comfortable to sleep on
  3. Pickup bags or training pads
  4. One or two toys, or something else comfortable to remind your dog of home
  5. Treats
  6. Medications
  7. Collar with current tags (dog license, rabies, and contact information tags)
  8. Medical and shot records
  9. Guide for Animal Emergencies (free downloadable copy here) with veterinarian name and phone number
  10. Weather-appropriate clothing (coats, cooling jackets, boots)

If traveling by car, a few more considerations might be:

  1. List of rest stops along the way or GPS to find pet-friendly stops
  2. Canine car restraint, crate or kennel
  3. Pickup bags
  4. Water, food, and bowls
  5. Lint roller (to clean yourself off during pit stops)

Did we forget something?  What other items do you bring along on your trip?

3 thoughts

  1. We have extra tags with the name and number of the place we are staying in case they get lost @ our vacation spot.

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