What To Pack When Traveling With Dogs

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What To Pack For Your Dog?

Most people I know overpack and bring half their closet on trips, but I definitely have the opposite problem. I have been known to pack so little, I forget my toothbrush and shoes and end up having to buy an outfit or two while I’m traveling. But I truly prefer it that way. I don’t like the added weight and mess, plus I like to shop and bring home all the good finds.

It’s the same way for the dogs. I bring the essentials and try to pack as light as possible. For example, I don’t bring food/water bowls (just a collapsible water bowl) because you can always find bowls wherever you are staying. In a pinch, you can even ask for a takeout container from a restaurant. 

what to pack when traveling with dogs

Your Carry-on Bag

So, the pups in their carrier become your carry-on bag and you have to check-in your luggage. Weston, 23 pounds, fits inside a Sherpa (sz L) bag comfortably and Fira, 14 pounds, is in the Vanderpump Graphite Carrier (for smaller size dogs).  Here’s my list of favorite airline carriers for dogs. They sleep right through the flight! Most people don’t notice the dogs when we settle into our seats but when we land, I can’t count how many times people have said, “OMG there was a dog on here??

Make sure to utilize the pockets when you’re traveling! It’s easy to forget about those but it’s a good idea to put your stuff in there so it’s right there at your feet when you’re in your seat. 

As for packing…

So, I always have a neck pillow. I only started using one the past year and I honestly don’t know what took me so long. Sleeping on my fist and waking up numb was the norm. Fantastic.

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what to pack for dogs

I love these clear plastic zip bags for organizing my clothes and the dogs’ clothes. These bigger ones are great for sweaters and bulkier clothes. I honestly love these–they’re cheap, clear and make organization much easier. 

I love planning a few outfits I know I’m definitely going to wear (whether we’re going out, more formal wear or outdoor activities) and pack around those outfits. I wear mostly neutrals so that makes it easy knowing everything almost always will match. I also roll up most of my clothes for maximum space.

Black leather pants, frayed denim jeans, an oversized white v-neck tee, an olive tank, a classic LBD and nude heels are my staples! Always pack a bikini, even if your destination isn’t always warm, for spontaneous spa days or for a random hot spring that could be nearby?!

 

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It’s always a good idea to pack a small pouch (WTFrenchie Spirit Animal Bag $15) with dog treats, extra poo bags, wet wipes and a lint roller (frenchies are shedders). I pack their food in a resealable bag and forego the bowls. Every dog-friendly hotel these days offer bowls or you can always call for an extra bowl or cup.

Make sure to get a health certificate from your vet before you travel on a plane and withhold your pup’s water intake so they can fly with an empty, comfy bladder. Read more on my next post: Step by Step Guide to Flying With Your Dog.

Safe travels!

  1. Samsonite Freeform Hardside Spinner. Perfect carry-on suitcase that’s scratch-resistant and uber chic.
  2. Zogics Pet Waterless Shampoo. Organic formula cleans quickly for on-the-go! (PS: 20% off with code: WTF20)
  3. Jetset Toiletry Bags. Handy bags for organizing!
  4. GAP High Waist Skinny Jeans Pink. I just got these on a whim walking past the GAP store because I liked the soft pink color. They actually fit amazing and are such a great deal (GAP always has 50% off sales). I bought them in white too!

 

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Comments

  1. Has Weston or Fira ever had an accident while flying? My biggest fear is that my dog will poop on the plane and it will smell. So far it’s never happened but it is always in the back of my mind!

    • They never have on the plane! They just sleep right through the flight… the airport on the other hand- haha. Fira has pooped in the airport before but it wasn’t a big deal. We usually won’t feed them before the flight so we know they have an empty stomach.

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