Traveling is always amazing but for us bringing the dogs makes it that much more special! We're getting ready to head out on our big road trip west and are so excited to get on the road. This time we will be bringing the Border Collies with us to Montana and will be switching things up a bit by staying in a cabin instead of our pop up! I'll be sharing some of our tips and tricks that make our road trips with doggies a breeze! I've even linked some of our favorite road trip prodcuts so buckle up and get ready to hit the road!
#1. Pack Like a Pro
The best way we've found to pack for the pups is in totes! We keep the tote in the truck for easy reach if we need supplies. Pack the least needed stuff on the bottom with the most important things like leash and collar on the top. In our case, the chuck-it and tennis balls are at the top of the bin! I also tape a copy of vaccine records to the top of the tote this way they are readily available if ever needed. Don't forget the first aid kit it comes in handy for both humans and dogs.
#2. Beat Boredom With Bones
We like to bring bully sticks and other bones to keep the pups occupied along the way. They mostly sleep but if we need to run in for something or they start getting antsy a bone does the trick! Make sure to pack their favorites and ones that are long lasting.
#3. Plan Stops To Stretch
Before hitting the road plan your stops along the way! We usually stop at a dog park or off-leash area where we can throw the ball and burn some energy! You could even take your dog for a quick walk around a park and cross off another awesome place on your list.
#4. Plan For Unexpected Weather
There is one thing you can never control and that is the weather! Plan ahead for freezing temps or lots of rain. Dog jackets and booties can come in handy on hikes and bring towels for those wet doggies!
#5. Find a Proper Place To Stay
We love camping and its ease as all state parks allow dogs on their grounds. When the weather gets too cold to stay in our pop up we find dog -friendly rentals on Air BNB! If hotels are more your style I put together a list that allows large breed dogs below! Wherever you decide to stay be sure to respect the rules and know where your dog would do best. This is important so that people will continue to allow dogs at their campground, cabin or hotel.
#6. Have Fun
The most important part! Have fun, take pictures and make memories. Plan fun hikes, brewery trips, and research dog-friendly stops in the area! You may be surprised how many friends you make because of your dogs.
I hope these tips help get you started on an amazing adventure with your furry friends! Be sure to follow along on with our adventures on Instagram! Until next time @katieandhercanines.