Olivia and I are getting ready for our trip to Atlanta at the end of the week for our very first(!!) time to Bark World. We are so excited to get there, learn, make new friends, and network, network, network!
It’s very important when traveling with your pet, be it dog, cat, or any other type of critter to make sure you bring all the necessities. There are many things we are used to having at home for our furry kids that if we don’t remember to bring will be sorely missed and maybe, even, hard to pick up a spare when we reach our destination.
I made the above collage (with images of things Olivia actually owns) to give other traveling pet parents an idea of where to start.
- Dog Stroller
So Olivia has gotten a little big for her stroller. But she’s not yet at it’s maximum advertised weight limit and I don’t deem it dangerous, so we still use it. I find it’s a lot easier to push her through a crowd than hope and pray she doesn’t accidentally get stepped on because someone didn’t see her (little dog pet parents problems). Additionally, it has space for me to store my purse or shopping bags which is a plus, and if we are outside it shields Olivia from the elements.
Why I’m bringing it: I’ve never been to a blog conference so I don’t know what to expect. I want to have options.
2. Portable Food & Water Dishes
This is a given: Olivia has to eat and drink! This is the exact set up that we have, and it’s actually what Olivia uses everyday.
I find it brings her comfort to use her same old bowls that she’s used to at home when we’re in unfamiliar territory, ex: a hotel.
Another given! A girl’s gotta eat! And it’s not good to switch up what your pooch eats on the fly, so always make sure you have their normal food with you when traveling.
4. Jacket or Sweater
Olivia has very little body fat and a very thin coat (short hair) so she gets easily chilled when it get cold out. Being in the south, one never knows what the weather may be this time of year. It could be 80 and sunny or 50 and raining– all in the span of a few days.
Why I’m bringing it: You never know this time of year and Olivia gets cold.
I very rarely hook Olivia’s leash directly to her collar. She always has on her Curli mesh harness for ultimate comfort and safety. She pulls quite a bit on the leash and that would put a lot of pressure on her neck.
Why I’m brining it: Olivia will need to be leashed most times at the conference– with exception of doggy day care and the hotel room. The harness allows me to walk her securely and safely without any discomfort to her neck.
6. Car Seat
For us, this car seat is a must have. It acts as a booster seat so Olivia can see out the window, it acts as a bed so Olivia can nap comfortable, it straps in with a seat belt so it can’t slide around, and it comes with a seat belt tether so Olivia cannot become a missile in case of an accident (God forbid!).
In her car seat, Olivia has a bone, a blanket, and a squeaky toy to occupy her in the car.
Why I’m bringing it: Number one reason is safety! Second reason is it allows Olivia to travel more comfortably.
7. Poop Bags
This one is obvious (I hope!). Dogs poop. And we, as their owners, have a responsibility to clean up after them.
8. Tote to Put It All In
It’s easier to carry all of Olivia’s essentials around when I have a bag to put them in. And it doesn’t hurt if the bag is cute!
I actually own this specific bag and it’s plastic– so it’s water proof. Great in case of spills!
Why I’m bringing it: It’s easier to find Olivia’s stuff when it’s all together and not mixed into my suitcase with my stuff.
9. Portable/Collapsible Water Bowl
I really never leave home without this. No mater where we you go you can almost always get either a glass or bottle of water. It’s harder to find a bowl to put it in for your pooch. Also, because this is our bowl, I always know it’s clean!
Why I’m bringing it: In the car on the way to the conference, Olivia will need (most likely) a sip of water. I’ll just pack this handy dandy item and a bottle of water and she’s good to go!
Another (hopefully) obvious one. Olivia will need to be on leash most of the places we go during the conference… hence the importance of having a leash!
I like this Spindrift leash because the handle opens with a clip. This makes it easy to attach the leash (and Olivia) to something. I also always have the portable water bowl clipped to the leash handle.
This leash is also stretchy which I think helps Olivia not to pull so much against me.
- Paper towels/ rags are always good to have in case of a spill or muddy paws!
- Shot record for you pup is important, especially if your going to be using a doggy day care.
- I’m also bringing a fancy party dress for Olivia because we are going to the conference’s “Red Carpet” party on Thursday night (stay tuned for photos!).
- Extra leash- you never know when you might have a malfunction (this has happened to us before)