After four months of full-time travel (and a sort-of travel month back in Colorado), I’ve embarked on a massive re-packing mission. And said re-packing mission totally applies to Luna as well as me.
Now that we’re older, wiser, and more well-traveled, what are Luna and I packing in her teeny suitcase? (And by “her suitcase,” I totally mean “my backpack,” because she is a slacker and doesn’t carry her own crap.) Well…
- One dog carrier
- One leash and harness
- One dog jacket for nippy days
- One tennis ball
- One stuffed toy
- One small brush
- Dr. Bronner’s organic baby soap, which I’ve heard can work for both dogs and humans (still testing this out)
- Two foldable dog bowls
- A couple poop bags
- Heartworm pills
- Halved Benadryl tablets in case of an allergic reaction (Luna is deathly allergic to wasps)
- One pair of small scissors (for haircuts)
- Tweezers (for tick management after hiking; also for plucking my eyebrows so that Luna isn’t ashamed of me)
- Pet passport, rabies certificate, and/or necessary travel paperwork (varies by destination)
- Phone number, directions, address, and hours for local vets
We also carry small bags of food and treats with us, though the size of these varies based on how much we have left over at the end of one destination. Whenever we go to a new destination, I do try to have at least a day or two’s worth of food on hand. And, if I run out, I can always head to the grocery store and make some dog food myself.
And since we travel full-time, I have to get creative with the space in my backpack. Thus, a lot of the things I carry Luna and I share: like the tweezers for picking off ticks from our many hikes, scissors, or the soon-to-be-shared organic soap. What’s mine is hers and hers is mine. And any time I can think of something with a dual purpose, I consider that a huge win.
For long plane flights, ferry rides, or airport stays, pee pads can be great to have on hand. Luna refuses to use them (seriously, she’d rather hold it for 14 hours; it’s kind of ridiculous), so I no longer haul them.
When I first left to travel full-time, I carried a small bottle of cleaner in case of in-transit potty accidents. In four months of full-time travel (and the two years prior), Luna is maintaining a zero accident record, so I’m tossing the cleaner and crossing my fingers.
Sedatives and/or motion sickness meds
If your dog hasn’t done something before (e.g. plane travel, ferry travel), it might be a good idea to have a vet prescribed sedative on hand just in case they panic. Luna, as it turns out, is a chilled out traveler, so we never needed ours and I’m no longer going to lug them around.
This can come in handy for covering couches or comforters to keep dirt or dog hair off.
These can help with dog allergies (wipe off your pooch when she comes in from outside), rainy day foot wiping after potty breaks, or minor accident cleanup. Luna’s allergies seem to be just in Colorado, so we’re going without this time around.
Good news, friends! A couple of our absolute favorite dog bloggers (Montecristo Travels and Dog Jaunt!) agreed to join us today and talk about how they pack their respective pooches for travel. Check out their insights below:
[UPDATE: After reading Montecristo and Chloe's wonderful packing lists and tips (links above), I realized I should probably mention that Luna also has a super cute doggie life vest. We didn't take it to Europe with us, but we have it with us now on our way to California and it may make the cut for the big backpack when we head back to Europe early next year, depending on our beach vs. mountain plans.]
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