20 Surprising Essentials You Need, When You Take Your Dog on Holiday
We’ve always taken our dogs on holiday, staying in dog-friendly accommodation with nearby beaches where dogs are allowed. This is the ultimate holiday checklist if you are taking your dog on holiday or to a dog sitter. Some items are obvious, but there may be some handy tips that you may find useful.
1.A first aid kit which should include simple dressings, antiseptic wipes, scissors, and tweezers.
2 Your own vets contact details and it is a good idea to search online for a vet close to where you are staying and print off directions and a telephone number.
3 Insurance details if applicable.
4 A photo of your dog in case he goes missing.
5 Microchip details and ID disks with your contact numbers printed clearly.
6 Vaccination details for your dog.
7 Disposable and stackable containers to hold food and water are not just hygienic but convenient when travelling.
8 Bottled water should be carried at all times and refill with fresh tap water whenever possible.
9 A pack of treats.
10 Your dog’s normal food. It’s best to take the food with you, this way you don’t have to worry and risk an upset tummy if you can’t find your usual brand.
11 Lead and collar.
12 A waterproof coat.
13 A towel.
14 Poo bags.
15 A favourite blanket, not just to keep the dog warm, but something familiar to make him feel secure. Don’t wash the blanket before you leave for your holidays, the familiar scent will help your dog feel safe and he will settle quicker.
16 Rescue remedy in the water can calm an anxious dog. Some dogs get anxious in the car and in strange surroundings so this herbal remedy is good to use for the first few days.
17 A torch for night time toilet breaks and late walks.
18 A small fan to keep your dog cool. The clip on fans are really good because they can be easily attached to a crate or secured in the car so that the dog gets plenty of cool air and doesn’t overheat.
19 A sunscreen for the windows of your car keep the dog cool whilst travelling, by blocking out harsh sunlight.
20 Any medication that the dog may be prescribed.
There may be things I haven’t thought of, so let me know if I’ve missed anything.