Traveling With Your Dog for Memorial Day? Pack These Essentials
By Jan Reisen
It may not be the official start of summer, but Memorial Day marks the beginning of pool parties, outdoor picnics, and hikes that come with warmer weather. If you’re heading out of town for the long weekend and bringing your dog, make sure to pack some of these doggie necessities. They’ll help ensure safe travels, whether you’re hitting the beach, going camping, or visiting friends and family.
Best Car Ride Essentials
Don’t hit the road without this safety harness. It’s easy to set up in the car and also functions as a walking harness, with a D-ring and reflective strips.
Keep your dog secure with this barrier designed to fit SUVs, station wagons, and minivans. It’s easy to install and adjusts both vertically and horizontally for a perfect fit.
Whether your dog is a short-legged twenty-pounder, a senior dog, or suffers from hip or joint problems, make it easier for him to get in and out of the car with this sturdy pet ramp. It’s lightweight, has an anti-skid surface, and can hold dogs that weigh up to 150 pounds.
This food-grade silicone collapsible bowl holds plenty of food and water for your traveling dog, and folds completely flat when not in use. Even better, this set of bowls with matching carabiners comes in four different colors, making it great for the multi-dog family.
Long Walk and Hike Essentials
Take your tiny traveler everywhere with this sling-style carrier. It’s made out of soft cotton, machine-washable, and features a secure latch and collar hook. Meant for dogs that weigh up to 13 pounds, it’s perfect for taking unlimited selfies!
In case your pup gets lost, track him quickly and accurately with this GPS smart collar. It’s just as useful at home: the collar monitors activity and even lets you know when your dog is in an environment that may be too hot or cold for him.
Not only can your dog carry his own hiking and camping supplies, but this backpack has all sorts of extra features, including a handle in case you have to help him over terrain, an integrated harness and leash hook, breathable mesh material, and reflective safety strips.
We mean it when we say, “Don’t leave home without it.” This First Aid kit contains the supplies you’ll need for almost any emergency, including dressings, antiseptic wipes, a blanket, tweezers, and much, much more.
Outdoor Fun Essentials
Protect your dog from ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas. Plus, soothe irritated skin and condition his coat with one product—all without the use of chemicals.
On the trail, in the car, or on the beach, fresh, cold water for your dog is only a twist away. This stainless steel bottle holds plenty of liquid and delivers clean fresh water anywhere.
Memorial Day marks the first day of summer fun, no matter what the calendar says. If you’re hitting the water with your dog, make sure to have this top-rated life jacket in tow. It adjusts to fit snugly around your pup’s body and has a sturdy grab handle that lets you pull him out of the water quickly. Use it on first-time swimmers and old pros alike.
Whatever your destination, bring along some fun for your dog with this nubby, soft rubber toy. It’s perfect for a game of fetch, and, since it floats, it’s an instant pool or beach toy. If your dog is more of a beach blanket potato, the toy’s nubby texture also makes it great for chewing.