Whether you’re just taking your furry friend on a spin around the neighborhood or going on a long road trip, there are dog travel essentials that should always be carried along. Being prepared for anything can make a sudden change of plans or the occurrence of certain events less stressful when you have all you need on hand. Make yourself a dog packing list that you can easily follow to prevent missing out any essential items!


What should I put in my dogs travel bag? What to pack in dog bag?

Water, bowls, first-aid kit, and some treats are some of the must-haves for your dog’s travel bag. Read on to find out more!


What to pack for your dog for a trip?


  1. Pet carrier or crate -- Your dog should be placed inside a secured carrier or dog crate to ensure his safety and of everyone else in the vehicle. Another way to restrain your dog while in the car is by using a crash-tested seat belt harness.
  2. Water -- Fresh, clean drinking water should always be available for you and your pet. Fill up several refillable, BPA-free water bottles with water from home.
  3. Bowls -- Food and water bowls help prevent any mess. To conserve space and for easy storage, collapsible bowls are great.
  4. First Aid Kit -- Having a first aid kit that is complete with the essentials can help be more confident in dealing with unforeseen circumstances that need immediate medical attention, such as a minor injury suffered by your furry friend.


What should be in your pets first aid kit?

  • Tweezers to remove ticks or splinters
  • Eyewash
  • Gauze bandages
  • Tape
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Scissors
  • Styptic powder
  • Motion sickness medications
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Rubber gloves

What do you need to travel with a dog on a plane?

Apart from all the above items, these are some important items you should carry along when travelling with your dog on a plane.

Medications, vitamins, supplements -- If your pet is certain medications and is taking vitamins and supplements, make sure you have enough with you for the duration of your trip.

Health and vaccination records -- Your pet’s medical records may be required by certain pet groomers, dog parks, dog kennels, or when you travel cross-country or cross international borders. Having your dog’s records will be useful in case of an emergency.

Flashlight or headlamp -- You will surely be thankful for additional illumination at night when you have to check out or attend to things. And don’t forget to bring extra batteries!

Dog Poop Bags -- Responsible pet owners know the importance of cleaning up after their dogs. Having an adequate supply of waste bags in your travel essentials bag will surely come in handy.

Pet Wipes -- Moistened pet wipes make cleaning up all kinds of mess easy and convenient.

Odor eliminator -- A good pet odor eliminator can help address odor issues in case your pooch encounters something stinky.

Food and treats -- The most convenient to bring along during travel with pets are dehydrated pet food and treats. You simply add some water to rehydrate and voila! you can offer them to your pet. It’s also a great way to help your dog stay hydrated especially on a hot sunny day. Dehydrated pet food and treats also take up very little space.

Toys -- Playing with his favorite toys can prevent your pet from becoming bored. Having something familiar can also help ease the stress and anxiety of the trip and everything strange and unfamiliar.

Extra Leash -- Having an extra leash or two on hand will come in handy in case the one your dog is wearing breaks.

Blanket -- Bring along your dog’s favorite blanket so you can easily wrap him up in case he is panicking, feeling cold, or injured.

Photos of your Pet -- Sometimes, the inevitable happens and your dog gets separated from you. Passing your pet’s photos around and organizing a search party can increase the chances of being reunited with your pet. Before leaving, make sure your dog is wearing his ID tags and has been fitted with a microchip with updated contact information.