Tips for Traveling With Your Pooch


I love bringing my dog, Kona, along with whether it’s to the beach, shopping, or a hike at Umstead. It’s more fun with your four-legged best friend by your side!

However, sometimes our dogs don’t know their limits and we have to keep an eye on them. One thing is for sure, we want to keep our pets healthy and safe.

Both the extreme weather of the Summer and Winter can be dangerous to our pooches. Do you know what signs to look for to make sure they are OK? I’m sharing the lessons I’ve learned while traveling with Kona for a happier trip.

Staying Cool


Most of us know the signs of dehydration in humans, but what about dogs? While traveling, it’s important we make sure our pups are getting enough water. You should always have a water bottle on you. Dehydration in dogs can lead to problems like kidney and organ failure, or even death. Know the signs of dehydration:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Reduced energy levels and/or lethargy
  • Panting
  • Sunken, dry-looking eyes
  • Dry nose and gums
  • Loss of skin elasticity
Hot Asphalt Awareness

Have you ever thought about how hot your dog’s paws are on the hot pavement? That’s like us walking on black top in the Summer without shoes.

Hot asphalt can cause your dog’s paws to bleed and blister. Protect your dog’s paws and stay on the grass while it’s hot. 


You can prevent your dog from getting a sunburn by applying sunscreen, keeping them inside during the hottest part of the day, or buying protective clothing for your pooch.

Your dog’s nose, belly, ears, and groin are most susceptible to sunburn. Also, shorter dogs are more susceptible to sunburn than other dogs because their bellies are closer to the ground and reflection of light. Poor babies.

And if your dog does get sunburned, aloe gel works for them as well!

Road trips

Take Breaks

Are you driving to your destination with your pooch? While we can switch on the AC or turn up the music if we want, it’s hard for our dogs to tell us what they need! That’s why breaks are necessary. 

Every hour, you should pull over and give your dog time to stretch their legs! Also, potty breaks are important. No need to remind me though—Kona once pooped in the backseat of my new car while driving to the beach. Learn from my mistakes…

Seat belts

It’s essential you wear a seatbelt, but what about your dog? If you have to make a quick stop or wide turn, you don’t want them to go flying! Your pup could get seriously hurt. 

Nor do you want your dog jumping around the car and distracting you during the drive! 

Before a trip, you should purchase a seatbelt for your furry friend. Depending on the size of your dog, you can choose different kinds


There’s nothing I hate more than people who leave their dog’s in cars on hot Summer days… Even if you crack the windows, temperatures can get up to 100 degrees and more. 

Do not leave your dog in the car.

Even with the AC on, make sure your pup is getting enough air. Additionally, keep your dog warm during the Winter. 

Pack the essentials

Lastly, make sure you pack your pup’s essentials! Usually, Kona gets her very own bag during trips. Two things that I could not live without during trips are pop up water bowls and harnesses. They both really come in handy!

Remember to bring pictures of your pets as well! Which really isn’t a problem in this day and age considering iPhones exist… and half our photo library is filled with pics of our dogs… 

But just in case Fido goes missing, have a picture of them on hand.


After your adventures, make sure to check for ticks. Ticks like to hide in dark, moist places. Thoroughly inspect your dog’s ears, feet, and tail.


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  1. Patricia

    Good tips! If you have a pet, you need to be loving and compassionate towards them, and that means following your tips for travelling with pooches. Although I don’t have any pets, I would like one –a dog or a cat —someday.

    07 . Sep . 2017
  2. Beth

    While we don’t have a dog yet, we are hoping to adopt one in the next few years and our plan is to hopefully bring them along on trips, so this is great information that I can hopefully use someday!

    07 . Sep . 2017
  3. Akaleistar

    Great tips for traveling with your dog!

    07 . Sep . 2017
  4. Rachel Ritlop

    I couldn’t agree more with you! I hate when people don’t even think about extreme heat in cars or even on the asphalt. Pets need more care than that!

    07 . Sep . 2017
  5. Tiffany Khyla

    These are such great tips! It’s so important to make your pup feel comfortable on the long haul. I have a friend that’s moving and having to take her two dogs, a cat and a chinchilla with her.

    07 . Sep . 2017
  6. Courtney

    This is so important! I don’t think people go into depth with their pets safety like they should. But this was all a great reminder that they can get hurt, too. Making them comfortable is so easy and effortless!

    07 . Sep . 2017
  7. Bella

    Such awesome tips!! I love bringing my puppy on trips!

    07 . Sep . 2017
  8. Rachel

    Stressing out while traveling is honestly one of the only reasons I haven’t gotten a dog yet. I want one so bad, but I can’t imagine dealing with it while traveling (which I do A LOT OF). xoRach |

    07 . Sep . 2017
  9. Jenny

    Great tips! These are wonderful to keep in mind. My pup is my baby so I treat him like one haha

    07 . Sep . 2017
  10. Allison

    Love these tips! I would love to bring my pup everywhere–and try to bring her with me as much as possible!

    07 . Sep . 2017
  11. Audrey Marie

    I had no idea dogs could get sunburned! Thanks for sharing these amazing tips 🙂

    07 . Sep . 2017
  12. Kristen

    These are great tips! I didn’t know that dogs can get sunburned, so definitely watching out for that now!!

    07 . Sep . 2017
  13. ShootingStarsMag

    Good to know about the asphalt temperatures! I’m always confused why people insist on bringing their dogs to downtown food events over the summer – it’s too hot!!


    08 . Sep . 2017
  14. Pooja Krishna

    Great tips – didn’t even know that pets could be susceptible to sunburn and hence need protection. Passing on to pet parent buddies!

    08 . Sep . 2017
  15. Makaela | Uniquely Mickie

    I couldn’t agree more! I don’t have a pet but I used to and it’s always so much fun to travel wit them

    -xo, Makaela

    08 . Sep . 2017
  16. Louann Kristy

    There were so many tips in your article I never even thought of … like the doggies that are shorter tummy gets sunburned. Their paws on the hot pitch!

    So interesting!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Of Wander And Wild

    08 . Sep . 2017
  17. Kristine

    These are great tips. I had never before given thought to the idea that dogs could get sunburned. My little guy is on the shorter leg side so I will be sure to keep him protected as we finish out this hot summer.

    08 . Sep . 2017
  18. Grace

    Hopefully I’ll be able to use this information when I finally get a puppy 🙂

    08 . Sep . 2017
  19. SometimeSaturday

    Such great tips!

    08 . Sep . 2017
  20. Stephanie Ziajka

    Great tips traveling with your puppy. I know that sometimes it’s a little difficult to think of.
    I will share this with my friends.

    Diary of a Debutante

    09 . Sep . 2017
  21. Sydney Power

    What a brilliant tips! Traveling with puppy is hard but more fun because you have a travel buddy!

    10 . Sep . 2017
  22. nicholle

    I always carry my puppy so she doesn’t have to walk on the hot pavement!

    11 . Sep . 2017
  23. Whitney

    We travel with our dogs a lot and these are all great tips! I would never have thought about sunscreen for them. I’ll deifnitely keep that in mind!

    11 . Sep . 2017
  24. julie

    We don’t have a dog anymore…but these are great tips for anyone traveling with their pup!! Will share with my family as my in-laws take their dog EVERYWHERE!!

    11 . Sep . 2017
  25. Jordyn Sifferman

    My boyfriend and I try and bring our dog with us on travels whenever we can. We always are sure to put sunscreen on him because he will burn in the sun super quickly. People make fun of us for it but it’s so important!!!

    11 . Sep . 2017
  26. Emily

    Great tips. I’ll have to share this post with some friends.

    11 . Sep . 2017
  27. Amanda @ A Good Hue

    These are all such important tips for pet owners, I need to get my doggie a travel water bowl!

    11 . Sep . 2017
  28. KIm

    All great tips! Our dogs love traveling and are great at it, but they require a suitcase of their own. 2 summers ago we drove from Texas to Alabama and they did so well. Ill never forget the poor people at the gas station who panicked when I popped the back of the van open and my Great Dane hopped out. I got a lot of “Does he fit in there” and “You put a pony in the back of your van?” comments LOL

    12 . Sep . 2017
  29. Christine Anne

    This is such an informative post. I recently was up in Mammoth Lakes, CA and saw a dog with booties on. It was super hot out so it was nice the owners really showed care for their pooch.

    12 . Sep . 2017
  30. Chelsea Godfrey

    This is such a great post! I have 2 dogs and they have only gone to a cabin with us. They are fairly well-behaved but have a bit of leash anxiety!

    Chelsea Godfrey

    12 . Sep . 2017
  31. Lindsay

    Great tips Carly! It’s so important to be prepared when you’ve got your four legged buddy with you. And sometimes, too, it’s okay to leave them at home in the a/c if it’s just too darn hot.

    15 . Sep . 2017

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