Are you planning a trip? Will your canine companion be joining you? If so, make sure you're prepared! Just as you need to plan what clothes and gear to pack for yourself, you also need to bring along anything your dog might require. This might sound like a chore, but don't worry. We've assembled a list of five fun travel dog accessories to make your prep a snap. These items will provide comfort and safety for your pooch when you hit the road, hop a plane or blaze a trail -- wherever your travels might lead!
First up, we cover the essentials for keeping your doggie's thirst and hunger at bay.
Portable Food and Water Bowls
No matter where you're headed, keeping your pooch fed and watered is the top priority. Since your at-home bowls are probably too bulky and heavy to be practical for travel, get something more portable for your adventures. You've got plenty of options to choose from. For example, you can find collapsible models like the Kurgo Collaps-a-bowl travel dog dish, which will slip conveniently into a duffel or car seat back pocket. There's also a no-spill water bowl from YouHavePets.com, which might prove handy for in-transit refreshment. Or, if you're looking for something ultra light, consider Planet Dog's coated canvas bowl, which is made of foldable fabric but pops open and sits flat. Whether you're about to board a yacht or set out on a hike, there's a bowl to suit your pup's needs.
While you probably already have a carrier for your canine companion, it might not be ideal for the kind of traveling you'll be doing. If you'll be walking and you have a smaller dog that tires easily, you might want something like the Backpack Pet Carrier or Pet-A-Roo Front-Style Carrier from Outward Hound. Or, if you're looking for a product that gives you lots of options, check out the various carriers that accommodate air travel, car rides, hikes, or city life; PetGear Inc. has a wide variety of versatile carriers to choose from. Just be sure to pay close attention to the size capacity - you want your furry friend to have enough room to move around some in the carrier.
If you and your pup travel in the fast lane, you should check out Doggles. These protective goggles are specifically designed for dogs. After all, canine eyes need protection from intense sunlight and foreign objects, just like human eyes do. Doggles feature tinted lenses, UV coating, adjustable straps and padded eye pieces. Whether your dog gets his kicks by sticking his head out the car window or riding shotgun in your speedboat, these goggles will offer some relief from the elements. Plus they come in a variety of colors, so your pooch can ride in style.
Car safety is as important for your dog as it is for you. Carriers can provide security for smaller breeds, but for bigger breeds, consider a harness. Most harnesses on the market have a padded chest protector and can clip to a standard car safety belt, which allows your dog to be out of its carrier but still safe and secure. The type of harness you pick will depend on the breed of your dog, as well as the model of your car; one example is the Muttropolis 3-in-1 Vest Harness.
Of course, after all that adventuring, your pup will need a cozy place to sleep for the night. Bringing along a full-sized dog bed probably isn't in the cards, so what other options are there? One possibility is the Kurgo Wander Bed, which rolls up like a sleeping bag and has its own handle for easy transport. It also has a nonskid bottom -- handy for use in moving vehicles. The Canine Hardware Travel Dog Bed, with its tear-resistant bottom and portable stuff sack, is a nice option for campers. Travelers headed for warmer climes might like the Coolaroo Foldable Bed, which keeps dogs off the hot ground.
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