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The Ultimate Checklist to Help You Prepare for a Vacation with Your Dog

The Ultimate Checklist to Help You Prepare for a Vacation with Your Dog

Going on a vacation with your dog requires lots of effort and hard-work. You need to critically plan everything from booking the best airline to finding a dog-friendly accommodation. You want to ensure that your fur-baby has a fantastic time, so you choose the best. Amidst all the preparations, you may forget a few essentials while packing. Of course, it’s hard to stay on top of everything, but don’t worry as we have got you covered. Here is the ultimate checklist that can help you pack for a stress-free vacation with your pooch.

First-Aid Kit

Our canines are curious creatures so they might end up getting themselves in trouble especially in an unfamiliar place. Although the chances may be less, you still need to be prepared for any medical emergency. The first-aid kit needs to have your dog’s medical documents; vaccination records, health certification and whatever the country that you are traveling to demands. Next up let's talk about the medical supplies. An adhesive tape, antiseptic ointment or powder, gauze rolls are necessary in case of any injury or accident. You should also keep a few of your pup’s regular medicines, a thermometer, scissors, non-stick dressing pads, eye and ear solutions, tweezers and a pair of gloves.


Your pup will need his favorite toys for entertainment. You can also get some interactive toys that can keep him busy in the hotel room or during the flight or car trip (depending upon your mode of travel.) If your pup is traveling in the cabin or along with passengers, make sure the toy isn’t loud enough to disturb others.

Food and Water

Our dogs are picky eaters with a sensitive stomach, so it's better to carry his regular food along unless you are sure it will be available wherever you will be visiting.


You don’t want your pooch to be a bad boy, right! Well, the solution to tantrums or mood swings is giving your dog delicious dog treats. You can get the small-sized packs for traveling or bake some cookies at home and store them in a container.


Carry a pack of wipes handy in your bag for whenever your dog needs some freshening up.

Food Bowls

You will need food and water bowls to serve your dog his favorite food. There are foldable varieties now available in the market to save you space. If you are traveling by air, you will have to keep the bowls in your dog’s carrier so the airline staff can feed him.

ID Tags

The chances of your furry friend getting lost in a new country are high, so it is best to get him an ID Tag. You can note down your information- name and the available contact number, and your pup’s name in case someone finds your pooch and wants to contact you.

No-Pull Harness

Your pooch will be accompanying you while site-seeing, shopping and for walks in the park, so a comfortable leash to keep your pup secure is another essential.

Flea Repellent

Ughh, these fleas, they can be anywhere, so you don’t want to risk this one. Carry any topical product/ a flea repellent spray to keep your dog safe from these insects.


You might get a little surprised at this one! There are sunscreens available for your dog too after all they can also get sunburns. Consult the vet and buy one for your pooch.

Dog Booties

If the destination you will be touring is going to be cold and snowy, your pup will need a pair of booties for the protection of paws. Make sure your pooch wears it before heading out.

Seat Covers and Carriers (For Car Travel)

If you are heading for an adventurous road trip with your canine, you will need a few other things such as car seat covers to protect the seats, a carrier to safely restrain your pet. You can also take along his bed or crate to make him super comfortable in any new accommodation.

Since the list is complete, it’s now time to hit the stores or order the essentials for your pooch. Remember that a vacation is the only time of the year when you get to relax, so try to make the most of it and make beautiful memories with your fur-baby.

Jenny Perkins Jenny Perkins is an Animal Behavior Specialist and a passionate writer. She loves to write about the nutrition, health, and care of dogs. She aims at providing tips to dog owners that can help them become better pet parents. She writes for the blog Here Pup.
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