Essential Tips For Traveling Safely with Your Dog

Essential Tips For Traveling Safely with Your Dog

Meet Carly, Stella and Blaire. Our trio of rescued puppies who create daily havoc.


Carly aka Carlsbarkley: is the perfect dog, she’s brilliant, loving, and lazy.  Back in 2010, I found myself a little lonely, so I headed to the Humane society to take a look around. That’s when I fell in love for the first time, and since then my life has revolved around her. She’s a german shepherd hound mix with floppy ears and the most adorable wrinkles you will ever see.  She’s a lover of treats and squeaky toys, the way to her heart is through a lovely butt scratch, and you can usually find her sunbathing on our deck.    



Stella aka Stellsbells: came into our life back in 2014. Edward and I decided having one dog just wasn’t enough and the next thing you knew we were heading towards the Humane society. I walked in, picked her up, and she made the noise of a baby dinosaur. I knew I had to have her. Although it should be said she’s not the brightest bulb. You can frequently find her chasing her own nub, and playing fetch alone.




Blaire aka Clairblaire: Blaire, well she was abandoned on the side of the road. Who could do that? She’s so stinking cute. Edward and I had no choice but to adopted her, right? She’s the newest and youngest one of the bunch. Public notice: she does not believe in personal space and you can always find her sitting in someone’s lap, dog or human. Unlike her sisters she loves bath time and would spend all day lounging outside if we let her. She is the quintessential baby of the bunch and gets away with more than her sister could ever imagine. 


Now that you know today’s subjects let me tell you a little story. Flashback two years ago right before the holiday season, I was hit by a driver running a red light and my car was totaled. Luckily, I was given a rental. A tiny Volkswagen beetle. Those cars are the smallest vehicles in the world. So packing Carly and Stella into the back seat for a 9-hour drive to visit family seemed like a daunting task. Nonetheless, we headed for the road only to realize once we got in the car that Carly’s breath was horrible but there was no escaping it in such a confined space. Let me tell you that I will never go through that again. On every road trip long or short I make sure to pack PEDIGREE® DENTASTIX™. They help to keep my sanity. So to help you keep your sanity as well I have created a breakdown of all of the necessary accessories and tips to make your next road trip successful. 


Blaire had to be compensated with new squeaky toys for her cooperation in this “photo shoot”.

Road Trip Essentials: 

  • Portable food and portable water bowls.
  • PEDIGREE® DENTASTIX™: Don’t let your dog bad breath stink up your long drive! DENTASTIX™ Treats will help clean your dog’s teeth while freshening their breath. 
  • Medications and/or sedatives: It’s important to make sure your dog is comfortable on the ride. Bring along the necessary medication to help ease their anxiety or motion sickness.  
  • Waste bags
  • Leash
  • A toy to keep them entertained. Carly loves anything that squeaks.
  • Odor Eliminators for the car. 
  • Pet barrier: Help keep your dog safe from injuring themselves or you by providing a safe barrier for them in your back seat. 

Tips for a successful road trip:

  • Give your dog a bath before you go. You’re going to be in the car for a long time so make sure that their clean and fresh smelling. 
  • Bring along PEDIGREE® DENTASTIX™ to freshen your dogs breath! You’ll be able to get “road trip close” with your dog to share endless hugs and kisses without your dogs bad breath getting in the way. 
  • Make sure that your dog’s ID tags are updated with your current cell number before you leave the house. You should also have their microchip id badge on their collar. 
  • Make frequent stops to make sure your dog has time to use the restroom, stretch, and get out a little bit of their energy so they’re not anxious in the car. 
  • Make sure that all of your destinations are pet-friendly. 
  • Download BringFido! It’s the best app in the world. I use it for road trips and everyday life. Bring Fido will help you locate dog parks, dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, and stores that allow pets. 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.



Oh my gosh, they are the cutest little puppy trio!

Rachel @ STCL

Great tips! I never thought to give my pup a bath beforehand because I’m usually so preoccupied with getting ready for the trip. Adding it to the list for next time!

Ashleigh Stevens

Such cute pups! As a fellow traveling dog lover I have a fun suggestion on some fun things to do with the pooches when you’re not traveling! Thanks for the share.
Ashleigh | Mermaid on the Move

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