What to pack for a road trip with Rover

Our friends at Itchmo.com recently posted some helpful hints about what to pack when you go road tripping with your four-legged friends. It might seem like a bit much, but planning ahead and having everything you need on hand is the best money saver for road trips. That, and never stopping at a gas station even when all your children really need to pee and haven't eaten since the day before (you know who you are, Dad).

So, what to pack for your little critters? Besides water and food, Itchmo suggests:

  • LOTS of plastic bags
  • Baby wipes
  • Extra leashes
  • Sunscreen
  • Flea and tick treatment
  • Favorite toy & blanket
  • Tags and vaccine papers (especially for cross-border travel)
  • Your veterinarian's phone number

A more complete list is available on Itchmo's site.

Because I'm a freak about the state of the car I'm traveling in, I would also pack:

  • Lint roller
  • Benadryl and/or Pepto Bismol
  • List of pet-friendly destinations
  • Air freshener and roll of quarters for gas station vacuum
  • Old towels
  • First aid kit (yeah, this should already be in my car)

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Myscha Theriault's picture

Hi Andrea. We have a big checklist for taking our dogs anywhere too. Because we take them a lot though, we've developed a doggie diaper bag system so we know we only have a couple of extra things to grab each time like meds and fresh water. We check it every so often to make sure it is completely stocked. Since our oldest dog needs to be medicated every six hours, and we live far from most things, we have them with us more often than not.

For finding places where it's easier with pets, we used PetsWelcome.Com when we were driving across the country with our two.

Andrea Karim's picture

Thanks for the tip. I originally linked to Petswelcome, but then my computer crashed and I lost the whole post. When I reposted, I forgot to link to it! Great tip.

Guest's picture

Things to add to the list: a portable waterbowl and treat pouch to carry a meal, a carabiner or some other kind of clip to attach to you for hands-free moments, a wallet-sized copy of the health or rabies certificate, vet phone number/emergency medical info, something in case of dehydration like tablets or k9 quencher. I travel with a guide dog every day, and all of the stuff fits in to her treat pouch. Also, you could just get a tiny USB drive and attach it to your dog's collar, so you have as much info as you want in addition to his/her ID tags.