Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Prepping for Summer Road Trippin'

With summer fast approaching, we'll be doing more traveling and so will our pooches.



This past weekend, we took a short overnight road trip which allowed us to take a look at our canine travel gear.

Bag



We keep our travel bag partially packed with a few essentials.  Adding a few things, we're ready to go!


-- a folder with the pooches rabies certificates, vaccination records, and microchip information
-- enough kibble for a few extra days
-- KONGS, which can be easily stuffed with whatever is around
-- travel dishes
-- can of treats
-- chew toys
-- Wet Ones
-- diapers (just in case)
-- poop bags
-- sunscreen wipes (not pictured)
--Tesla's medication (not pictured)

Crates

We have three crates in the house.  We take the smaller two with us.  And while they are an absolute necessity, they are quite burdensome to lug around.  However, with a Subaru Forester, the two crates easily lie in the back.



Seatbelts

Of course, for any car ride, the pooches wear their seatbelts.  Last summer, we were in a minor accident and were so glad the pooches had their belts on - not only did it keep them from flying forward during impact, it kept them in place during the hoopla afterwards.


There are a few things missing from our kit: first aid kit (one in our travel kit and one in the car) and doggles (for trips to the beach, sticking their heads out the window).  We also need a better way to haul the kibble.

What do you have in your travel kit?  Is there anything we are missing?  How do you haul your kibble?

12 comments:

  1. We take our dogs camping a lot and purchased a dog backpack from outward hound for those excursions. We find this bag makes a great travel kit for the dogs, so we keep the bag packed with their nessecities and take it on minor excursions, such as day trips as well. You will also meet a lot of people if your dog is wearing a backpack! People always come up to comment and ask questions, making it a great way for people to meet some pitties in person.
    Also, don't forget to pack some water in your kit. We alsways have a few bottles of water with us in the car in case the dogs need water in between rest stops.

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    1. We have backpacks, too - I never thought about using them for regular roadtrips. That is one thing that we love about the backpacks -- it makes the pooches so much more approachable!

      Good thinking on the water -- that's one thing we usually don't have. The trip to visit my parents is 3 hours. Usually we stop somewhere and get some water for them -- but Tess never drinks any. We always have to be sure to feed/water her well before we leave. But Ed is always up for a drink.

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  2. Diapers are such a GREAT idea, adding that one to the kit! Also, I take soft crates, I know those only work if you don't have escape artists but what I like about them is that I can open the top when the situation permits it (to make it less 'cratey'. Love this post!

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    1. We've found that although we rarely use them, it is nice to have them available.

      Soft crates - what a great idea! I'm not sure they'd work for our guys. Although, because of a few of Tess's shenanigans, the pooches are never left alone anywhere else, they might work. It would surely save some of the lugging in and out with those heavy metal ones!

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  3. You guys did great traveling with the dogs..! And they were so well-behaved! keep up the good work:)

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    1. The kids were so great with them, too! I think it was a great experience for both the pooches and children (and us, too!). We had a blast!

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  4. Great prep work and I love that bag, it's really cute!

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    1. It's one of those reuable ones from Petsmart -- they were doing a donation to their foundation for each purchase, so I figured, why not! It's been great having one designated to dog "stuff" and since it is appropriately marked, there's no confusion. I thought I would want one with a closure of some sort, but I've found that having an open one is conveniet. We keep it between the front and back seat, and it is readibly accessible if we need to grab a treat or something.

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  5. We love pre=packed bags! Do the dogs wear the diapers? How do you know when to put them on?

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    1. Tess does -- she's incontinent. We have pills for her that usually work, but we've found that if she gets overly stressed (which she tends to happen when she's in the car and/or someplace new), she will leak anyway. Unfortunately, the only way I know is when I find a spot, usually where she's been laying - but luckily it's usually only a little spot. We also take Nature's Miracle (which I forgot to include), so I can quickly clean up and then put a diaper on her!

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  6. Good list! I never go anywhere without the chuck-it and lots of tennis balls. If there's room I'll bring their beds and plenty of dog towels. A good one for dog food is 1 or 2 of those plastic cereal containers.

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    1. Towels -- that's a great idea!! I never thought of using cereal containers...that's a great idea, too!

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