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Holidays with dogs: what to pack

When you're packing to go on holiday with your dog, don't forget to pack all their things too!

Not sure where to start? We've put together a list of all the essentials that you'll need for going away with your dog.

You can even print the list off and keep it for next time, adding any special items that you want to remember for when you next go away.

Suitcases at the ready!

Top 15 holiday essentials for your dog:

1) Collar, lead and separate ID disc

It's important to remember that when you're out and about, having your own home address on your dog's ID disc might not be so helpful when you're staying miles away from your actual address! Get a new ID disc made up with where you're staying printed on it - as well as your mobile number - so that if anything happens, people can get in touch with you easily.


2) Towels

Even if where you're staying is dog-friendly, you don't necessarily want to use all their fluffy white towels on your dog. Especially if that means you won't be left with any clean ones yourself! Take along some old towels for your dog, so if you do need to give them a quick hose down or a rub dry before they come back indoors, you can do so without worrying.

3) Food and water bowls (plus a bowl mat)

Even if where you're staying provides water bowls, you will want to take your own food and water bowls, so you can have them with you while you're out and about or in the car. Especially if you have a specific type like a raised food bowl or one to slow down their eating. And, if your dog is a messy eater, you might want to include a bowl mat. This will help keep your holiday accommodation clean and tidy, without the hassle of tidying up all the time while you're trying to relax!

4) Stain remover

We all know little accidents can occasionally happen. Especially when your dog is given a new routine or is feeling unsettled in a new space. Stain remover will help you cover your tracks and keep any mess at bay quickly and easily.

5) Blankets

Blankets are great as they're so versatile. Put them on the bed, the sofa, in the car, or even on the ground as a snuggly picnic blanket! They will help collect all the fluff dogs often like to deposit around the place, and catch any muddy paw marks before they jump on the bed!


6) Dog brush

Grooming is an essential part of your dog's routine. And for some dogs, they need to be groomed every day! Make sure you keep your dog's fur in check by keeping a dog brush with you while you're away. Not only will you be able to keep their coat nice and smooth, but you'll also be able to get various bits of mud and leaves that they have picked up while out on walks.

7) Torch

Late night walks will need a torch! Especially if you're heading out into the countryside. At home, most of us are used to street lamps lighting our way. But without them, you'll soon realise just how difficult going on a walk can be! Having a torch will also alert other road users to your presence. So, if there are any cars coming around the corners of those narrow country roads, they'll be able to see you much more easily.

8) Pet hair roller

Heading out to dinner? Even though having our dogs with us makes things a million times more enjoyable, they do come with a lot of fluff. And it's not always that we want that fluff all over us! If you have a special evening planned and you find dog hair has found its way to your finer outfits, a pet hair roller will be just the ticket! Keep one with you and just before you head out for dinner, you can rid your clothes (and possibly car seats!) of any loose fluff.

9) Dog jacket

When going on holiday with your dog, you'll want to take them on lots of lovely walks. And if you've headed north or it's pouring it down around the Brecks, you'll want to make sure your dog stays warm and dry in the cold and wet weather. Dog jackets are great. Waterproof, quilted and easy-to-fit, they can be a real lifesaver for your dog. Plus they will help keep mud and water outside, rather than all over the sofa when you get home!

10) Poo bags

An essential. Pick up their poop and dispose in the nearest dog poo bins. Biodegradable bags are much better than carrier bags or nappy sacks. Always keep some on hand to clean up whenever your dog hears nature calling!

11) Car safety essentials

In the car with your dog, make sure you have all your travel essentials with you. We'll go into more detail about this in the next blog!

12) Toys

Playtime is an essential part of being on holiday with your dog. Whether they love to fetch, run or just a good old-fashioned tug of war with a rope toy. Make sure they enjoy their time away just as much as you with all their favourite chew toys and games.

13) Bedding

Having somewhere familiar to sleep will really help them settle while in an unfamiliar setting. Take their favourite dog bed with you so they can snooze at their leisure and stay relaxed while away.


14) Sofa protector

Blankets are great way to keep fluff off the sofa and bed. But sometimes we'll forget to put them in place. And by then, it's too late! Make sure any muddy paw marks and loose dog hairs stay off the furniture with a sofa protector. That way, you can have peace of mind that you won't be incurring any potential cleaning costs your dog may have invited your way!

15) First aid kit

Lots of trips out mean an increased potential for accidents. Any emergencies should be dealt with by a vet, so make sure you have your pet insurance details with you. Otherwise, if it can wait until you get home, just keep some basics with you. These include tick-removing products and of course, any on-going medication that your dog is taking.

And that's our list of essentials!

Be sure to add anything else you couldn't possibly leave behind – a favourite toy, treats and perhaps some calming spray for the car.

It's also a good idea to make sure your dog is up-to-date with its vaccinations, especially if they're young, just as a precaution. Book a check-up with the vet to ensure your dog is fit to go on holiday with you.

Head over to our next blog on travelling with your dog in the car, to get all the information you need for staying safe on the road.

Disclaimer: This content in this article is intended for information or entertainment purposes only, it is not intended to replace the advice of a vet or animal health professional. Your use of the information is entirely at your own risk and Me & My Pets assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of the information found on this site. If you have any questions or concerns over your pet's wellbeing you should consult your vet immediately.  

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