Whether it’s a week-long trip to the ocean, a quick jaunt to the mountains, or a day drive to the local state park, it’s fun to be able to bring your dog along for the adventure. However, it can be challenging to travel when you have a dog in the vehicle to worry about. There is a lot more you will have to consider if you want your best friend to be with you the whole time.

Don’t worry if you are bringing your dog with you on your trip. There are a lot of smart gadgets available that will be a huge help when you and your dog are out on the road together.

Ergonomic Dog Ramp

An ergonomic dog ramp is a must if you have a vehicle with high beds (such as a truck) or an older dog that has trouble getting up and down from things. Some dog breeds are more susceptible to conditions like hip dysplasia and arthritis, making it more difficult for them to get in and out of your vehicle. An ergonomic dog ramp is the best kind of dog ramp to purchase, as it gives your pooch an impact-free way to get in and out of your vehicle during long trips. Many brands fold up for easy storage when you’re done with it, so you don’t have to worry about it taking up too much space.

LED Dog Collar

If you plan to be out in the dark with your dog, make sure they are easily spotted from afar. An LED dog collar will make it easy for others, as well as yourself, to spot your pup when the sun goes down. It’s perfect for quick bathroom breaks when you are driving at night or for late nights camping by the fire. The collar itself is rechargeable, so you don’t have to worry about buying batteries all the time.

Smart Dog Collar

If you want to make sure you know where your dog is at all times, a smart dog collar is your best bet. This is the perfect accessory for your dog when you take a road trip. If they run off and get lost, you can easily track where they are by using the app on your smartphone. Just set up the app on your phone and connect it to the collar before you leave for your trip. Smart collars often have an added feature of tracking your dog’s activity level. While these collars are a must for a road trip, it’s also great to use them at home to make sure your pup is getting the exercise they need.

Splash-Free Water Bowl

Your dog will need fresh water throughout your road trip, but you may not always have the chance to stop when they are thirsty. Solve this problem by owning a splash-free water bowl that is designed to keep the water inside the bowl and off your seats, even as you are driving down the highway! Your dog will have total access to fresh water when they need it, and you won’t have to worry about spills all over the car again and again.

Dog Travel Bag

You have your own bag or suitcase, right? Why not dedicate one for your dog? A quality dog travel bag will ensure that your dog has everything they need while they are traveling in the car with you. Look for a bag big enough to hold everything your dog needs, such as treats, toys, first aid products, leashes, and collars. You’ll also be able to keep water and food dishes separate from everything else with a bag that has multiple compartments. If you are going on a long trip, make sure to pack your dog’s vaccination and vet records.

Heated Blanket

If your dog is elderly or suffering from joint issues, they will love their own heated blanket to use while they sleep the long hours away. Simply plug it into your 12-volt outlet or the cigarette lighter and drape it over the back seat for them. It will feel good on their stiff joints or if your vehicle doesn’t get warm enough for comfort.


Travel Leash

You need a lot of accessories when you take your dog on a car trip, so combining all of these items will be a great idea! A four-in-one travel leash allows you to easily take your dog out for a walk before giving them water and food. The leash has a built-in water bottle, tray, and feeding tray. While it is a little heavier than a normal leash, it’s perfect for trips where you will be getting in and out of the car with your pooch.

Anxiety Vest

An anxiety vest, also known as a thunder jacket, is great for dogs that may not be a huge fan of car rides. And as you may know, going for a trip with an excitable, nervous dog can make the ride pretty frazzled! Help your dog relax with an anxiety vest or jacket that swaddles them and calms them down. Many dog owners use these vests during thunderstorms and firework shows, but they can also be super helpful during long car rides if your dog gets nervous easily.

Smart Feeder

If you are planning a longer trip with your pet, you may wish to bring along a smart feeder. This is the perfect device if you plan to leave your pet in a pet-friendly hotel, condo, or Airbnb while you are on vacation. While it won’t work in the car, you can set it up using the Wi-Fi wherever you stay during your trip. It’s perfect for the times that you have to leave your dog behind for the day but want to make sure they eat while you’re gone. Set it up to dispense right after you leave to reduce your dog’s separation anxiety. You can also purchase models that “toss” treats out for your dog when you aren’t there.

Dog Bed

Your dog will spend a lot of their time sleeping while you drive, so make sure they sleep comfortably by bringing along a dog bed. If you don’t wish to drag their bulky bed from home with you, consider a smaller, travel-sized one instead. You’ll also be able to use it at your next destination, whether you stay in a hotel or with friends or family. And don’t worry if it gets dirty- most dog beds are now machine-washable.

Car Seat Hammock

Make sure you keep your car seats clean with a quality car hammock. This type of cover comes with adjustable anchors and straps and will be easy to install. Your pup will have a secure place to play and sleep without damaging the upholstery. You won’t have to worry about your pet getting dirt, mud, and other debris all over your car as they get in and out from bathroom breaks or walks. Simply take it out when you are home and throw it in the washing machine to clean it up. Alternatively, you can use a dog car seat to keep your dog safe and fastened.

Portable Bathing System

Are you going camping or hiking with your dog? Why not bring along a portable bathing system that will allow you to wash off your dog anywhere? All you need is a no-rinse shampoo and a small amount of water to operate the device. While it does need a power source to operate, it is great for pet-friendly hotels and campgrounds that offer electrical outlets.

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