Holiday Road Trip Essentials For Traveling With Your Dog - Vittles Vault

Holiday Road Trip Essentials for traveling with your dog

The holiday season is a busy time for all. Many of us have to travel to be with family, and of course our pets come with!

There are some essentials for road tripping with your pet this holiday season that you can't forget!

Don't forget to download our printable checklist at the end of this post!


Travel - Tainer

The Vittles Vault Travel-Tainer (pictured below) is ideal for treat storage or a few days of food. The container holds half a gallon of water, or approximately 6 cups of dry kibble. It has a convenient carrying handle that can be removed to reveal two 3-cup bowls.

Golden Retriever traveling

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We recommend using one for food and one for water. Or, if you have multiple dogs with you, they can each have their own food or water bowl!

If you're going to be gone for an extended period of time, taking a bigger Vittles Vault would work better. The Vittles Vault 15 and 30lb. containers from the Outback collection are the perfect size for the car. 

Puppy in food container

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Comfy Dog Bed

A comfy bed for your pet is a must have when taking long trips in the car! This reversible pet bed from Fuzzyard is super cozy and the perfect size for the car! A bed is also a necessity for when you get to your final destination! It will make your pet feel at home!

French bulldogs in bed

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Treats, Food & Water

Whether it’s bully sticks, Stella & Chewy’s Carnivor Crunch Treats or Greenies Dental Chews, having your pups' favorite treat handy will help keep them happy and their tummy full!

Dogs cuddling treats

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Seatbelt Harness

It is so important to keep your dog buckled in while driving. The Kurgo Tru-Fit Dog Car Harness is crash-tested for ultimate safety for you and your dog! It comes in 5 different sizes, x-small to x-large for dogs weighing 5 to 110 pounds.

Seatbelt harness for dogs in car

Collar, Harness, Leash & Poop Bags

These 4 items are must haves. Always make sure that your dogs tag is up to date with the correct phone number just incase!

dog collar harness leash

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Christmas Sweater & Christmas Presents

A holiday road trip wouldn’t be complete without cute Christmas sweaters and your pups stocking and presents! Definitely can’t forget that!

Dog with Christmas presents

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Benebone / Chew Toy

Something to keep your pup busy while being in the car for so long is a necessity. Benebone chew toys are universally loved by all! They come in 3 different flavors; bacon, peanut butter and chicken, so there’s a flavor for everyone! They come in multiple sizes for all dog breeds and they’re made in the USA.

Dog with chew toy

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Stain Remover & Paper Towels

Just incase of an accident or if your dog gets carsick, it’s always smart to have stain remover on hand! Make sure you get the correct one for the type of seats you have.

Cleaning Leather Car Seats

Bonus Tip

If your traveling in a hatchback or a SUV, laying one seat down and allowing access to the backseat and the trunk area will allow your dog to get up and stretch without having to pull into a rest area!

The Checklist

You can download and print this holiday road trip checklist so you'll never forget to bring anything!

Do you have other essentials you absolutely must bring when road tripping with dogs? If so, please share below.

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About the Author

Kassi Calton, a Marketing Specialist at GAMMA2, is a lover of all things pets, food, DIY and travel.

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