Road Trip Tips for Maximum Wags

If summer is road trip season for you and your family or friends, check out these tips before bringing your pup along on your next adventure. Advance planning and preparation will help make sure time on the road with your pup is all wags.

Prep Work:

  • Check that your pup is up-to-date on vaccinations and talk with your vet to see if there are other recommended medications depending on your destination.
  • Get your dog microchipped.
  • Research dog-friendly hotels, restaurants and activities as your dog should never be left in the car alone. is a great place to start.
  • Ensure your dog is well-socialized with humans and other dogs.
  • Spend time getting your dog used to being in the car – take them for a few longer-than-usual car rides leading up to the big trip.

Packing List:

  • Medication
  • Sturdy leash and collar with up-to-date tags
  • Spare leash
  • Enough food for the trip, plus a little extra
  • Treats
  • Collapsible water bowl
  • Poop bags
  • Toys, bed, blankets, etc. to remind them of home
  • Towel in case of muddy paws

On-the-Road Tips

  • Don’t feed your pup right before getting in the car – waiting a few hours can help to avoid an upset tummy.
  • Make the trip as safe as possible by using a doggy seat belt or keeping them in a crate.
  • Provide enough space for your pup to lay down and move around to switch positions.
  • Take regular potty and water breaks and allow for a quick walk each time to burn off energy.
  • Be aware of wildlife while stopped.
  • Keep your dog busy and stimulated with toys such as treat puzzles.

As fun as road trips with your furry best friend are, unfortunately not every trip is feasible for your pup to tagalong. Camp Bow Wow offers fun and safe dog boarding where dogs play all day and snooze in their own cozy Cabin at night. Find a location near you!