Packing essentials for a dog friendly staycation

Planning a dog-friendly trip can be an exciting experience but what do you pack? Depending on where you're staying, often things like bowls and even towels are included so check before you go to avoid overpacking.  As for the rest, we've compiled a list of the essentials we wouldn't leave home without.

1. A familiar bed / blanket

Just like humans, dogs appreciate having a cosy and familiar space to relax and sleep in. By taking their bed and/or blanket (depending on space!) you'll instantly make them feel more at ease in unfamiliar surroundings.

2. Calming spray and wipes

Travelling can be stressful for some dogs, especially those who aren't fond of car journeys. We always travel with calming products - a spray to use in the car and on their bed or blankets, a plug in diffuser for when we arrive and handy wipes to carry with us incase we go to cafes and restaurants.  

3. Their regular food

Maintaining a consistent diet is crucial to avoid any unwanted tummy upsets. If you feed fresh / raw food and you don't have a fridge where you're going, then find an alternative (such as freeze dried or air dried) before you go. Do try to make sure to transition to the new food a few days before you leave so that you know it suits your dog.  If your dog has a sensitive tummy it can be worth consulting your vet or a qualified canine nutritionist for advice on the best option to suit your dog.

4. A pet first aid kit and grooming essentials

Accidents can happen anytime and anywhere. For peace of mind, always carry a pet first aid kit with essentials such as bandages, antiseptic spray, something for a tummy upset and a tick comb!  We also pack some dog shampoo and a brush because holidays are no fun unless your dog is splashing around in muddy puddles or the sea.  It's always worth making a note of the nearest vet to where you're staying too. 

5. Plenty of treats and chews and a favourite enrichment toy

Holiday can be incredibly exciting and therefore a little overwhelming for our pups. We typically use natural chews to bring down arousal levels in the evenings as well as enrichment toys such as kongs which can be stuffed with pate or treats and used in pubs and cafes. We also like to take extra high value treats for reinforcing good behaviours in new environments like recall on a busy beach, a nice loose lead walk in a busy new town. 

We hope this helps with your packing list and that you and your dog have wonderful adventures together

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