Ensuring Everyone Enjoys Their Holiday…
Last Bank Holiday Weekend, my husband and I packed up the car and headed to Norfolk. Along with the two of us, we decided to have a staycation with a dog. Our dog, Dash to be precise.
This was our first holiday with Dash and I wanted to ensure that we were all prepared and organised for the trip. Honestly, we were prepared for anything with Dash. And after a successful weekend, I feel confident to take Dash away again on a long trip. Maybe one day we might be able to drive to France like my parents did back in the day.
Now, I’m by no means an expert when it comes to travelling for a staycation with a dog. However, these tips certainly helped us and may be useful for you. Here’s my top tips for travelling with a dog.
Get Yourself a Dog Weekend Bag.
Now, for this trip, I treated myself to a weekend bag. And I wasn’t the only person to get themselves a new bag, Dash did too. It was an investment, but this dog travel bag was 100% worth it. It held everything we could possibly need for our weekend. With two insulated pouches for his food and treats, dividers and enough pockets to please the most organised person, this bag was perfect for our trip.
Honestly, this was one of the best investments and certainly something that we will get out each and every time we travel with him.
Be Prepared for Anything.
This may be the over preparer in me, but I packed for everything. I had towels, strays (you never know with a puppy) and additional food just in case we got stuck away from home. I always think safer than sorry and truly having these additional things gave me peace of mind.
Another being prepared for anything was planning stops. As much as I would have liked to plough through the three hour journey to Norfolk, we had to plan for a stop for Dash to stretch his legs. So I made sure to search for a dog friendly pub on the way there so we could stop, have dinner and give him enough green space to have a run around.
Give Your Dog a little Travelling Luxury.
Being cooped up in the car can be a lot for a dog, especially if they are squished into the back. So for longer journeys, it’s important to give you pupster a little first class travelling. I swear by this dog car hammock, it fits over our back seat and protects the fabric whilst giving Dash room to move and stretch. Now, it won’t always be like this, but for these types of journeys, it’s perfect.
It’s not just the hammock. We made sure whilst travelling, he had plenty of toys to keep him entertained and chews to help him relaxed. I also made sure that prior to getting into the car, he got a huge run around in the woods. This helped for him to get most of his energy out, allowing him to sleep for most of the car journey.