What Your Dog Needs for a Perfect Vacation

Bringing your furry friend with you makes for an even better trip, and has never been easier.

Dogs wearing sunglasses in the airport
Man's best friend deserves a vacation, too.Shutterstock

When you go on vacation, one of the toughest things to do is leaving your dog behind. Fortunately, if you’re going somewhere pet-friendly, you don’t have to. But in order to ensure they’ve got all the comforts of home, you will need to add a few items to your travel kit.

It's Feeding Time

Extra Large Size Collapsible Dog Bowl
Comsun Extra Large Size Collapsible Dog Bowl.Amazon

Putting down food and water, especially on demand, can be a challenge, so collapsible bowls make life a lot easier when you're on the road with your dog. Try to have several so you've got one for food and one for water, and choose bowls made of material that's easy to clean; even the most dainty pup is going to leave behind some slobber.

That's One Cozy Canine

Expandable Pet Carrier
Pet Peppy Expandable Carrier.Amazon

Smaller dogs will need a carrier, and they shouldn't have to put up with the carrier equivalent of an airline's coach section. Carriers should be padded and soft, and have enough room for your dog to settle down in comfortably. They should also have mesh windows to let in air, and keep you visible so they don't freak out, and firmly stitched zippers and fasteners so they don't have an unsupervised walk.

Always Time for Playtime

Ruff 'n Ruffus Portable Foldable Pet Playpen.
Ruff 'n Ruffus Portable Foldable Pet Playpen.Amazon

Finally, for the times when you can't bring them along, you'll need a place to keep them safe. Foldable play-pens,, AKA dog crates, will give them enough room to settle in, while also allowing you to add toys, blankets, and anything else that will make them comfortable. It'll keep them from wandering, and let you both relax on your vacation.