Nowadays, our puppy Georgie goes pretty much everywhere I go. A quick trip to the pharmacy, a Walmart run, or a Saturday morning at the farmer’s market? She comes along with me, traveling in my Jeep inside the safety of her Sleepypod mobile pet bed.
It’s been a long time since I had a baby (a human one, that is), but I can assure you that I never left the house without a well-stocked diaper bag. Be prepared; that was always my motto as a mom. And now that Georgie is with me nearly every time I leave the house, I feel the same way. I just never know what kind of situation may arise with my puppy while we’re out and about, and because I believe it’s always better to be safe than sorry, I never leave home without my “doggy diaper bag” filled with on-the-go essentials for dogs. Take a look.
- Travel food and water bowls, because you just never know when your mutt is going to get hungry or need a drink of water;
- Pee pads. These are always good to have on hand.
- Toys. Georgie loves stuffies that she can cuddle with, as well as chewy toys that she can gnaw on.
- Collar and ID tag, and make sure the ID tag has your current contact information. Outdated information will do you no good if your dog becomes lost.
- Poop bags, because, you know, it happens.
- Soft harness, like this one from Puppia. I really love using soft harnesses with my dogs, and there are so many pretty colors and patterns to choose from.
- Small blanket or towel because you just never know when you might need them.
- Tote bag to put all your on-the-go essentials inside.
I feel so much more prepared to travel with my dogs when my on-the-go bag is well-stocked and in the Jeep. You’d never leave home with small children without being fully prepared, so why would you do it with your dogs?
Do you have some on-the-go essentials that you always take with you and your dog? I’d love for you to share them in a comment below!
Edited to add: before taking your dog into a store, restaurant, or other public place, be sure to verify that your pet is indeed allowed to be there. Many stores, restaurants, and businesses are very pet-friendly and will welcome your well-behaved, leashed, and vaccinated pet.
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