Whether you’re a constant long-distance traveller or mainly stick to short trips around town, we have a number of travel accessories to make car travel with your pets as comfortable and easy as possible. Here we look at the top five travel accessories every dog owner should have.
1. Travel Crate
It is a legal requirement that dogs are kept safely restrained in the car when travelling. This goes for short and long distance journeys. A travel crate is a great option for most dog owners; whether it’s a slanted crate for small breeds or a large Bracco carrier for medium to large breeds.
2. Car Seat Belt
If you prefer to travel with your dog in the main area of the car rather than the boot, then a dog seat belt is a great way to keep them safe. These seatbelts attach to your dogs harness (don’t attach to a collar as it may pull on your dog’s neck) and clip into your car’s fitted seatbelt. These are great for larger breeds that are too big for your boot.
3. Travel Bowls
Travel bowls are an essential item for longer journeys. The Beco travel bowls are our favourite as they fold down flat for easy storage and are made from eco-friendly plant based fibres. Available in a number of sizes and colours these are truly handy accessories for any dog owner.
4. Waterproof Boot Mat
A waterproof boot mat is a handy addition to any travel accessories collection. Perfect after a walk in the countryside or on the beach to help protect your car from muddy paws. We particularly love the Scruffs version which comes in. four lovely colours and will add a dash of style to your car interior, but equally as practical are the navy and green crate mats by Rosewood which can be used in crates at home and in the boot on your travels.
5. Drying Coat
This may seem like an odd choice for a travel accessory, but actually these come in so handy on your travels. Drying coats aren’t just for bath time but ideal after a run on the beach, or to dry off after a wet weather walk. Pop the coat on once you get back to the car and it will help dry and keep your pup warm. We always keep a drying coat in our travel bag as you just never know when it might come in handy!
And We haven’t forgotten Travel for Cats…
It’s just as important to ensure our cats are safe on their travels. From short trips to the vet to longer car journeys, a good quality carrier is a must-have. Our favourite is the Catit Cabrio which has so many practical features including a top opening for easy access, food and water trays, a shoulder strap and non-slip interior floor.
If you prefer a traditional look then the beautiful Prestige Wicker Igloo is a stylish choice. You can even remove the door and use as a bed at home!
What are your favourite travel accessories? We’d love to know what items you can’t live without when travelling with your furry family members. Send us pictures and we may even feature you in a social media post!
If you'd like more information about travelling with your pets, our friends at Overland have a wonderful blog post that is a must-read! Their blog, How to Travel with your Pets has lots of information that is sure to come in handy!