We love taking roadtrips in the Summer, whether it’s a quick trip up to Wine Country or a longer trip like the one we just took down to Palm Springs. Since we tend to travel with our dog Bella, I thought this would be the perfect time to share some of the things I’ve learned over the years. Below are my top tips for traveling with your pup!
Do Your Research
The first thing we do when planning a trip with our labradoodle Bella is check out the dog friendly spots in the area. I love http://www.dogfriendly.com/ and Yelp for tips but often a good Google search will help you find a list of restaurants and parks that will let you bring your pup.
Beds and Toys and Treats and…
I swear sometimes it feels like I pack more for Bella than I do for myself, (ok that’s definitely not true but it still feels like a lot for a dog!). I typically bring her food (plus some extra just in case), food bowls, travel water dish, treats, chews, a couple toys, and a bed. Speaking of beds…we just got this adorable monogrammed travel bed from Mark and Graham and Bella was obsessed with it on our Palm Springs trip! She would run over to lay on it as soon as we got inside the house we were renting. The best part is that it folds up into a tiny tote that you can put a leash and some toys into. How cute is that?
As cute as it may look, it’s definitely not safe to drive with your dog sticking their head out the window. They can easily get injured if you stop too quickly and they typically like to roam around the car which can be unsafe for the driver. We use this safety belt for Bella and I’ll admit it’s not her favorite but it keeps her safe so she will just have to deal.
Also be sure to bring a First Aid kit and Identification. We learned our lesson with this one during our trip to Palm Springs. Since Bella is a Northern California pup she isn’t used to weather much warmer than 65 degrees. We thought we were fully prepared by having lots of water out for her and making her stay in the shade during the day. We didn’t take into consideration how hot the area around the pool would be though and she ended up burning two of her paws 🙁 Without a first aid kit we had to rush out to Target and pick up some balm for her tootsies. Her paws are completely fine now but we will definitely be prepared next time.
Lots of H2O!
Pretty self-explanatory but make sure your dog always has access to clean water. I have a bunch of travel water bowls but this is my favorite!
Your pup will be forever grateful that you brought them along!