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Traveling with your dog takes planning. The key is to create a comfortable atmosphere for your pup so everyone in the car can remain safe & happy. Before you hit the road this summer, check these items off of your dog’s packing list, and follow these tips for smooth sailing.

What to pack for your dog:

Crate: Traveling in a crate is the safest option. It's normal to feel guilty putting your pup in a crate, but most dogs actually feel safer traveling in one! Before the trip, make sure your dog is comfortable with the situation. And for extra comfort, layer the bottom with his favorite BLANKET so he is nice and cozy.

Food and water: Pack your dog's food and bowls and make sure you have enough to last the entire trip. If you are going out of state, bottled water may be the best option, as different minerals in the water could upset your dog's stomach. Don't forget to pack treats to reward your pup after a long day of travel.

Bedding and blankets: Pack a DOG BED and BLANKET for a comfortable night's sleep in an unfamiliar place.

Don't forget to pack your pup's TOWEL to clean up after the day's adventures.

Collar and leash: Make sure your dog wears a collar at all times with proper identification to prevent your pup from getting lost. A quality LEASH will help ensure your dog is by your side at all times. This is especially important because you don't know how your dog may react in new surroundings.

Favorite toy: Bring along your dog's favorite TOY to provide security and comfort from home.

Plastic bags and waste scooper: Well, you know why.

Medication and first aid kit: Bring along any medication your dog may need during the trip, as well as a basic first-aid supplies. A basic first aid kit should include gauze rolls, gauze pads, tape, antiseptic wipes or spray, an ice pack, scissors, tweezers and a pet thermometer.