Travelling with your dog 

Have dog, will travel! Here you’ll find tips and tricks to make travelling a breeze. 

In a vehicle, a crated dog is a safe dog. They’re safe in case of accident, and they aren’t a distraction for the driver. Start introducing the dog to the crate in the car on day 1 and it will never be a problem. If possible, try to have an extra crate that can be left in the car.

Have a To-Go bag packed. It’s much easier to pick up and go if you already have everything you need. Your dog will need:

  • water bowl
  • collar and leash
  • a meal or two (canned or freeze-dried are great options)
  • treats
  • a tie-out and harness
  • small first-aid kit
  • a chamois, in case your dog goes swimming. These are also good if it’s hot  out; you can wet them and use them as a cool coat
  • bottled water 
  • a copy of your dog’s vaccination records, and a few posters with your phone number and pictures of your dog (in case your dog were to get lost). I’ve found this works best all together in a binder or folder. 
  • a clean-up kit consisting of poop bags, disinfectant wipes, and a small garbage bag. 

If at all possible, try to travel in the off-peak hours, especially in the warm summer months.

If you’re planning on being away for a few days, pack an extra crate. Midwest (among other brands) makes wire crates that fold down suitcase-style, and there are also soft-sided crates. Not having to take the crate in and out of the car whenever you need to go somewhere will make a big difference in your willingness to take your dog places. It may not seem like a big deal at first, but it is. 

**Most hotels require dogs to stay in crates if no one is present in the room, and it is becoming the norm to not allow dogs to remain unsupervised at all. Be sure to check your hotel’s policies upon or before arrival **


© Shari Joanisse 2023