Dog-Friendly Road Trip Packing List

Hunter, Roscoe and a friend of mine are all taking a road trip to Charleston, S.C. next week! I’ve been wanting to go to Charleston for a long time, and have also been wanting to take Hunter and Roscoe on a trip, so I am excited to finally be combining the two.

I’ve been reading up on what to do in Charleston and found some dog-friendly activities and restaurants. Besides checking out Folly Beach, we are also going to tour a plantation and do a ghost tour – both dog friendly activities! My only concern now is how my fur-coat wearing pup will handle the heat.

Can we go somewhere with snow Mom?
Can we go somewhere with snow Mom?


Now that I’ve figured out what we are going to do, I need to get prepared for the long road trip ahead. In order to make the trip smooth for everyone involved, I’m going to need to pack carefully.

Here is my dog-friendly road trip packing list:

1. Car Harnesses – Hunter recently outgrew his car harness (he had a growth spurt between this year and last, but the vet assured me his weight is fine. It’s hard to tell with all his fur), so I bought him a cheap one that I haven’t loved. Before this trip I am investing in new dog harnesses for both Hunter and Roscoe. I asked for recommendations a few weeks back and got some good ideas. I am planning on getting the Sleepypod Clickit harness, since it has the best safety ratings.

These two love to cuddle in the front seat. Sorry boys!

2. Toys – I plan to stock up on peanut butter-filled bones, bully sticks and Nylabones – all of Hunter’s favorite long-lasting chew toys. I also plan to stuff a few kongs (with peanut butter) and freeze them for both Hunter and Roscoe.

3. Travel/No Spill Water Bowls – I’ve also invested in a couple of different water bowls-  a no spill one for the car, and a water dispenser one for when we are out and about.

4. Towels/Dog Wipes – I plan to bring some extra towels and dog wipes, since I am sure between the beach and walking around the city, the dogs will get messy.

5. Vaccination Records – Some dog-friendly activities may require proof of current vaccinations. Although I didn’t see that mentioned on the places I am planning to visit, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

6. Dog Beds  – Although my dogs aren’t really that attached to their dog beds (that’s what my bed is for, of course!), I always like to bring them to give them a little piece of home when we travel.

I’ll let you know when I get back if I packed everything we needed!

Have you taken a long road trip with your dog? What advice do you have? And any suggestions on where to stop along the way to Charleston for a good walk?

Author: dogsinthecle

The source for what to do with your dog in Cleveland.

13 thoughts on “Dog-Friendly Road Trip Packing List”

  1. Car Harnesses- I’ve never fully understood how to use them. My dog’s kong brand harness came with an attachment to use with a seatbelt but there were no instructions on how to actually put the seatbelt through the harness.


    1. Most of the ones that I’ve seen have a loop that you just put the seat belt through. The Sleepypod one seems more complicated, but hopefully I can figure it out!


      1. I don’t think you will, but if you have any difficulties figuring out the Sleepypod harness, let me know. It’s what I use for Ty and Buster, so I have a little practice. Have a great trip, and thanks so much for the link!


      2. Thanks Amy! Do you use the Sleepypod Clickit Sport Dog Safety Harness or the
        Sleepypod Clickit Utility Dog Safety Harness?

        I also think the xsmall may be too big for my chihuahua. I am measuring them tonight.


      1. I hope everything goes well! If you want to submit a post about it for the “Dog Owner Files” series (where dog owners tell their stories), let me know! I don’t think I’ll be flying with my boys anytime soon, so it would be great to share your experience!


  2. Now that I live in Florida I’ve been traveling more with my dog to come up and visit Cleveland. The one thing I’ve noticed is he does better in hotel rooms that are suites – have a separate living room. He seems more anxious in regular rooms. This could also be because he spends a lot of time snoozing on our couch at home. Good luck and enjoy your trip!


    1. Good tip Cindy! I could see a lot of dogs being like that. We are renting a small house (a guest house really), so I think it will be perfect.


  3. Hi there – I have travelled alot with my Newfies and it’s a good idea to bring a jug of water from home. Some areas have well-water and the difference could upset their tummys. Definitely bring their bed or blanket, and towels and more towels as well as poopy bags. I even keep a spare one in my wallet – ya never know! Doggie First Aid Kit ( ), and an instant Cold Pack (Walgreens sells them in a 3-pack – you simply kneed the pouch to activate). Big Umbrella – in case you get stranded in an area without any shade. 50/50 Vinegar/Water in spray bottle can be used to clean up after your dog, spray the dog’s coat after a swim in a lake to eliminate any issues with bacteria and can use to spray interior seats of vehicle, too.
    Licks & Tail Wags,
    Gina & BamBam


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