Tips and Tricks for Your Dog’s First Road Trip

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Bringing Your Dog On the Road

It’s time to hit the road with your favorite adventure pup! Road trips can create wonderful memories that will last a lifetime — but be sure to plan ahead if you’re bringing along your best furry friend.

Pack Smart

Before taking off, it is important to pack all the essentials for your pup. Think:

  • Food & water
  • Medication
  • Toys
  • Bed
  • Treats
  • Leash
  • Doggy bags

And anything else you might need while you’re away to keep your dog feeling safe and comfortable.

Plan Ahead

Rest Stops

As you begin to look at routes to your final destination, be sure there are plenty of rest stops available to let your pup out to go to the bathroom, stretch their legs, and burn off some energy.

Many rest and truck stops have designated pet-friendly fenced-in areas. As you stop, check your surroundings to ensure the area is safe for your dog, and keep a close watch on them at all times.


After a long day of driving, it’s time to rest your head. Not all hotels allow pets, so do your research ahead of time to find a place to stay that can accommodate you and your dog.

Prep The Car

Driving with a dog in the car can be distracting and messy if you aren’t prepared. There are plenty of products available to make your car more comfortable and safe for your doggo. Dog seat belts easily fasten into most car models and will keep your dog safe should an accident occur.

A dog-seat cover acts as a shield for your car seats and keeps your pup from jumping into the front seat, even if they called shot-gun! Depending on size and breed, you could also use a pet booster seat or harness.

Listen to Their Needs

Remember, a road trip can be new and nerve-wracking to your dog. Give yourself plenty of wiggle room in your schedule to allow for frequent stops to give them what they need.

Whether it be extra playtime, pets and cuddles in the morning, or another bathroom break, paying attention to what your pup needs and spending time together will make it a road trip to remember.

If your dog isn’t ready to join you on the road just yet, we’ve got a place for them to stay! Find your local Camp Bow Wow and let’s get your Camper started hanging with us today.