Super Smiley’s Top 10 Things to Pack for Travel

Hi everybody, it’s Megan here starting us off by laying the groundwork for what to pack for travel with pets. I’ve traveled more than 200,000 miles with pets and more than 50,000 miles of that was with Super Smiley! The way Super Smiley and I see it, three basic things need to be accomplished in packing pet travel gear:

  1. To meet our pet’s basic needs
  2. Moving between locations with seamless transitions
  3. Creating a space where our pet feels safe, relaxed and “at home.”

Yep, Super Smiley, blog dog here now, and that’s what we pets want on a trip: the things we get at home and the things that make us feel at home.

We pets love our people, and we just want to be with our pack and feel safe and comfortable, wherever we are! In traveling, I’ve learned that a few small things can make a huge difference.

  1. Bring along your pet’s blanket or a towel that she’s slept on so it smells like home.
  2. A super great thing to bring is a T-shirt or sock you’ve worn so it smells like you. These will be good “security blankets” for your pet and will help keep her calm and feeling “like home.”
  3. Her own food. This one seems like a no-brainer, but is so simple it’s often overlooked. Bring enough for the whole trip so you’re not caught in a situation where you have to switch to a different brand mid-trip, which might upset her stomach…and the trip.
  4. A collapsible water bowl. These are so convenient and can be folded into a pocket or purse for easy carrying. Along with this bring a water bottle so you’ll always have water on hand.
  5. Bring a favorite toy to keep her occupied in case there’s down time, and maybe a toy for exercise like a ball or frisbee.
  6. Her bedding. If her bed is too big to pack, then for a few nights before your trip, add a fleecy blanket onto her bed and let her sleep on that as part of her bedding. Then take that blanket for her bedding. It will feel just like home.
  7. Her medicines and medical shot records.
  8. If she’s crate trained and you can fit it, a crate makes for a great kennel if needed. And it may let her feel like she is in her “safe personal den.” There are many collapsible travel crates now available that are easily packed in vehicles and as airplane baggage.
  9. Don’t forget the basics that you use every day like treats, leashes, and poop bags.
  10. Any additional accessories you may need like life jackets, sweaters, protective boots, pet sunscreen, or a towel for sitting on a boat deck. Think about your trip. If you need something extra, your pet may need it, too.

We pets lead our people on wonderful adventures! And we love being on your life adventure with you! Bon voyage!

Until Next Time,
Woof and Super Smiles from
Super Smiley and Megan Blake, The Pet Lifestyle Coach®

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