Planning a Dog-Friendly Road Trip

Road trips are a great way to travel domestically as they’re easy to navigate and require much less planning than an overseas holiday. When travelling with your pooch however, planning a road trip is a little more involved. From runs along the beach to hikes through the state forest, here are some tips to help you plan a road trip with your four-legged friend.

Sprocket kelpie dog
On our way to the beach

Map your route

You’ll need to take more regular toilet stops and rest breaks on your road trip. Fortunately, the whole of the outside world is your pooch’s bathroom so this can be anywhere. Make sure you plan your route around stops where you can fill your dog’s water bowl too and let them run their energy off.

Book your accommodation

Unlike us humans, dogs aren’t allowed to spend the night in just any motel, hotel or campsite cabin. As there are usually limited options for our furry friends, it makes sense to book your accommodation in advance. There are quite a few Airbnbs and Stays that are pet friendly, and most campsites will allow dogs to sleep in their owner’s tents, but you’ll need to get in quick!

Sprocket in the carStock up on supplies

Nothing beats having snacks on the road and cooking a meal over the campfire, but our pooches need a little extra planning. Where you can, pack what they’d normally eat and if your pooch gets a little restless in the car, pack their Kong. You might need to plan in a stop off at the butcher or supermarket. You’ll also need poop bags and a leash. Most importantly though, stock up on plenty of fresh drinking water and don’t forget to pack a food and water bowl.

Find the vets

Although you might not be able to do this everywhere you’re travelling as vets are generally only located in larger towns, it’s a good idea to make note of any that you may be able to find in an emergency. Another good tip is to have any of your emergency numbers at the ready should your dog get into any sort of trouble.

Pack a first aid kit

This is especially important if your pooch isn’t used to long car rides as they may get sick. If your dog is on any medication, speak to your vet about any that you may need to pack and bring. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and plenty of towels in case of an accident.

Sprocket kelpie dog

Take it easy

Don’t plan to drive too far or do too much each day you’re on holiday. Your dog needs to rest just as much as he needs to have time to stretch his legs properly. Take your time and enjoy the adventure.

Where does your dog like to holiday? Let us know in the comments below!

Ash, Dave and Sprocket


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