If you’re like millions of Americans, you’ll be hitting the road for a summer vacation as you seek out a little relaxation and adventure away from home. Some road warriors will be heading out solo, while others will have their vehicles packed full of gear, the whole family, and maybe even the dog.

If Fido is lucky enough to be accompanying you and your crew this summer, plan ahead with the proper dog-friendly gear that will help make your road trip a smooth success.

Tips for taking a road trip with your pooch
Here are a few tips:

Safety First

Road trips of any kind require a few common safety and maintenance measures before takeoff. Be diligent about getting an oil change, brake inspection, and even a new set of tires if yours have seen better days. Fill up with windshield washer fluid in case you encounter rain, dust, or bugs along the way, and make sure you’re equipped with a first aid kit that applies to all passengers.

For Fido, include an extra nylon leash in your first aid bag, along with Diphenhydramine, which can help lessen the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Snoozer Look

If your pooch experiences car sickness or anxiety, consider a pet-friendly seat that will position your pup to look above the dash for a better view.

The Snoozer Lookout Car Seat provides a boost for smaller dogs to see where they’re going, thus helping to prevent car sickness or nervous behavior. It’s wide enough to allow them to sit up, and long enough for them to lie down and still see what’s going on. The Snooker comes in three sizes, and is available for around $70.

Bring Fido App

Download the Bring Fido app to have on-hand as a great resource for finding pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, and shops along the way. Bring Fido can also help you locate dog parks and dog beaches nearby so the whole family can stretch their legs between drives.

Quilted Back Seat Cover

If your dog is a shedder, keep the pet hair under control with a Formosa Cover, which can help protect your seats from scratches or dirty paws.

Formosa Covers are easy to clean, come in a variety of colors to match your vehicle’s interior, and can be found for around $30.

Doggy Seat Belts

According to Kurgo.com, 65 percent of dog owners admit to engaging in at least one potentially distracting activity while driving with their dog, such as petting the dog, offering food or treats, allowing the dog to sit in the driver’s lap, and/or using hands or arms to restrict dog’s movement or hold dog in place when putting on brakes. If you’re among the guilty, help keep you, your family, and your dog safe by investing in a dog seat belt or harness.

The Sleepypod Clickit Utility Harness has been safety-tested to absorb force in a frontal collision by dissipating energy, and is proven to keep the dog in the car seat during an impact. Make sure your dog is properly secured to prevent injury or distraction during your drive.

Filed under: Relocating and/or Traveling With Your Dog

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