Tips For Traveling With Your Dog

By: DogTrekker Staff
Two dogs in the back of a car
Abby & Jake Ready to Go (CC) John Shulte

If you leave on a trip and forget your toothbrush or Rover's leash, you can always buy another one. Not so with veterinary records or a tag with emergency contact information. Here are our tips for planning a DogTrekking road trip.

  1. Make sure your dog’s nametag includes your cell-phone number. Ideally, she should be micro-chipped, too. Carry a photo also, just in case.
  2. Make sure vaccinations are up to date, and carry copies of the records.
  3. Make sure your dog is safely secured in the car, whether in a crate or by some other method.
  4. To avoid stomach upset, pack a supply of your dog's regular food, along with a supply of the water she regularly drinks at home.
  5. Pack a travel kit including dog bowls, pick-up bags, first-aid supplies and favorite toys. Don't forget a bed, blanket and/or crate for the hotel.
  6. Reserve well in advance at dog-friendly hotels and call first to get details on fees, weight restrictions and policies. You don’t want to show up with a mastiff only to learn that the hotel won’t accept dogs over 35 pounds.
  7. Make pet-sitting, doggie daycare or boarding arrangements at your destination well in advance, speaking at length with the person who will be watching your dog.
  8. Never leave your dog unattended in a hotel room. Most hotels don’t allow it, and many dogs get frantic when left alone in an unfamiliar place.
  9. Dogs left in hot cars can be fatal. Even if it seems mild outside, inside of a car can heat up quickly. Don’t go there.
  10. Stop frequently for exercise and potty breaks and always, always clean up after your dog.