23 Awesome Road Trip Hacks That Your Dog Wants You To Know About.


When searching for pet friendly hotels, look for ones that only charge a one time pet fee.

Taking part in and preparing for a road trip is tedious as is, but preparing one that involves your dog can be even more complicated and exhausting. You do have to admit, the idea of having your best friend by your side as you explore different towns and cities sounds very appealing. And it really is a great experience! But with it comes great responsibility.

In addition to packing for yourself, you have to pack for your pup as well. Don't worry, we've come up with some hacks to make traveling with your little guy (or girl) a lot easier.

Majority of hotels charge a daily fee and call it a deposit that you don't get back. Some also charge a cleaning fee.

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Get a spill-proof bowl.

Instead of having your pup wait for you to pull over or get gas in order for them to drink some water, get a spill-proof bowl they can use any time they want during the drive.


Most car rental companies are pet friendly but don't return it with dog hair.

Cover the seats with towels or blankets. Dog hair gets EVERYWHERE. Be sure to clean and vacuum the car before you return it so you can avoid the fees.

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Keep yourself organized with a doggie car organizer.

You can do this with a toiletry bag! Convert it into a dog car organizer by keeping all your dog's stuff inside it. It will help speed up rest stops when you're looking for specific things.

Check the weather.

Be prepared. Bring a raincoat or umbrella and towel for rainy weather and a warm blanket for snow.

Be sure to take lots of breaks.

Plan a 15 to 20 minute walk break for every 4 hours of driving.

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When taking breaks, put down the back seat to create a bigger platform.

This way your dog will be more comfortable for a nap, especially if you have a big dog. You could even take one with them.

Let them peek outside the window, but not with the window completely down!

Letting them look out the window actually helps with their motion sickness. It also keeps them occupied. Be sure to crack the window just a little bit so they can smell the scents rushing by.

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Purchase or create your very own doggy first-aid kit.

Keep one handy inside your car at all times! If you want to make your own, just combine absorbent gauze pads, antiseptic wipes, cotton balls or swabs, hydrogen peroxide, gauze rolls, ice pax, non-latex disposable gloves, petroleum jelly, rectal thermometer, scissors, and tweezers into a little kit.

Complete a practice run before the actual trip.

It's never really a great idea to place your pet into a new car seat, carrier, or car for the first time ever on your trip. Try taking them on short rides with them in it. This will help them grow more comfortable with the experience beforehand.

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Get them a special car seat just for them.

First off, this helps keep excessive shedding all over your car to a minimum. Secondly, your dog is actually secure and safe. And lastly, this prevents them from jumping onto your lap while you're driving.

If you don't want to use a car seat, a mesh vehicle pet barrier will be a nice alternative.

Although it won't keep your pup in one spot, it'll definitely prevent them from trying to escape the back seat into the front seat.

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Try wearing them out as much as you can the day before you travel.

An exercised and worn out dog means a sleepy dog. With your pup sleeping majority of your ride, you're in for a smooth and peaceful one.

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Get a pet travel carrier on wheels if you have a small dog.

This way, you can easily pull them along with you in crowded areas such as train stations or airports. Don't worry if you have a big dog, they make them for every size!

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If your pup starts to get ill during the ride, add a little chicken broth to their water.

It makes them feel better and is full of nutrients. Make sure the chicken broth is low sodium. And of course, don't forget to call the vet.

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Pack spares of EVERYTHING.

You'll think you won't need it but better safe than sorry! This means extra collars, IDs, poop bags, and toys.

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Have a squeegee with you at all times.

It doesn't sound necessary but once you start getting dog hair EVERYWHERE, it's a great tool to have on hand. It can help you get dog fluff out of hotel carpets and car seat upholstery!

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Research ahead of time where the nearest vets and animal hospitals are around the area you're traveling to.

Write down all the information you've researched and store it somewhere safe where you won't lose it. God forbid a situation arrises where your dog needs medical attention, but again better safe than sorry.


Keep all your dog's medical, extra contact, and ID information in a waterproof sealable Ziploc bag.

And label everything that's in the bag clearly in front. This way, it won't get wet and/or stained and it's in easy access to you! We don't want any spilling accidents to damage such important information.

Bring a dryer sheet.

If there is an incoming thunderstorm at your destination, or even if you're driving through one on your way there, a dryer sheet will help your dog stay calm. By running the dryer sheet over your dog's fur, you're keeping the buildup of static electricity low in their fur.

Keep your dog occupied inside the car.

By giving them a toy to play with, you easily prevent excited and/or bad behavior in the car. They'll be too busy with that round tennis ball or stuffed Pikachu.


Play white noise at night when it's sleepy time.

If your dog usually responds to noises at night, you might be asked to leave at a hotel. Prevent that from happening by playing white noise to limit outside noises your your dog will hear. There are plenty of white noise apps available for smartphones!


Download a GPS locator app for your dog(s).

It's very important to be prepared for any potential crisis! This way if they're ever out of sight, you can quickly find out where they are.

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