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Who doesn’t love a car ride? Your dog most certainly does. Bringing your dog along on an adventure is not only a great way to bond, it also just makes car trips more fun! There are a few things you shouldn’t leave home without. That includes practical items, like travel bowls and towels, safety items such as a first aid kit, and creature comforts like blankets and toys. Pack along these dog car accessories on your next road trip for peace of mind and plenty of fun.
The Best Dog Car Accessories
This essential gear will keep your dog safe and happy on your next adventure together, both on the road and at your destination.
Safety first! Car harnesses help keep your companion safe and secure, wherever you go. The small, medium and large sizes of this PetSafe harness are crash-certified by the manufacturer. It’s equipped with a strap for seatbelt attachment, front padding that makes for a comfy ride, and a convenient leash attachment that makes it convertible to a walking harness for bathroom breaks and walks along the journey.
A snuggly blanket is a must for car travel, and this one is dual-sided—sherpa on one side, twill on the other. It’s available in a small or large size, plus three geometric patterns.
Having a chew toy on board is always a good idea to keep doggies occupied on the journey. Made from durable rubber, Kongs can endure hours of chomps. Stuff with peanut butter and freeze before heading out to ensure a fun and tasty trip.
Protect your car upholstery from shedding, dirt, and, um, other undesirable factors with a car seat cover. Available in a standard and extra-large size, this waterproof covering is machine washable and can convert into a hammock style if your doggo prefers (which also acts as a barrier between them and the front seat, too).
When it comes to dog car accessories, bowls are a must—the more packable the better. Grab two of these durable collapsible bowls (one for food, one for water) for your next car ride. Space-saving, these silicone bowls come in three bright colors and two sizes, are dishwasher-safe, and easily clasp onto a leash or luggage with that handy carabiner. Pro tip? Grab some full water containers with dispenser from your grocery store for refills on your way.
For extra comf when hitting the open road, this affordable dog bed is super plushy and comes in seven sizes to accommodate different dog breeds. It can be used anywhere a little plush is needed, including in a crate. It’s machine-washable and dryer friendly.
We’d advise against sharing your drive-thru fries with your dog, but you can include your pup on the fun with some Fetch Fries. Made mostly from organic chicken and sweet potato, these treats are made for dogs and boast only five ingredients, all natural, including the vegetable-derived glycerin. They’re free from corn, soy, and gluten.
Made in the USA with BPA-free plastic, these matching containers make quite a pair! The large container is perfect for at-home use, with wheels for easy mobility, while its sister travel container can hold up to six pounds of food for your doggy’s trip and comes with a convenient scoop.
These thick, unscented wipes are made from bamboo fiber and are hypoallergenic. Environmentally friendly, this pack is great to have on hand for quick scrubs and cleanups—in case your dog goes straight for that splashy-looking puddle on their potty break.
Travel can be unpredictable, so a soft microfiber dog towel is a definite plus to have on your journey. Absorbent but lightweight, this affordable option comes in five different hues and rocks a sweet embroidered paw print so everyone knows whose towel this is.
No trip would be complete without this crucial dog car accessory. Available in a four- or 16-pack of rolls with 15 bags per roll, The Rover Store’s compostable poop bags meet stringent industry standards for biodegradability so you can dispose of them without worrying about the environmental impact. Pair it with the Hydrant Poop Bag Dispenser, which is made with bio-based materials and attaches to any leash.
Accidents happen, so it’s always a good idea to have a dog first aid kit on hand as one of your essential travel accessories. Kurgo’s pouch is made from durable Oxford 600D fabric and contains 50 pieces, including items like gauze pads, tweezers, gloves, antiseptic towelettes, and much more.
Though you may not want your dog to chew on a soft toy while on the road, this comforting, plush buddy is perfect for when you arrive at a new location. This oh-so-soft squeaky critter has all of West Paw’s usual quality earmarks: eco-friendly, made in the USA, crafted from non-toxic, recycled materials. Zogoflex rubber and HardyTex fabric material stand up to playtime, and it’s machine-washable.
At 50 feet, this extra-long lead can be extra helpful for making pit stops on the road. You can use it to let your pup stretch their four legs a bit and run around, safely, before having to hop back in the car. It’s thick, durable, made from 100% cotton, and available in five colors.
An essential dog car accessory: the travel crate! Secured with locking zippers, there are three mesh exits/entries to simplify getting in and out. Available in five sizes and several washable nylon cover colors, this soft crate is reinforced with a steel tube frame for safety and comes with a fleece pad for comfy riding and a carrying case for easy mobility. Plus, it gives your pup a private space to retreat to once you reach your destination.
For more ideas and tips on road tripping with your pup, check out the related reading below. Happy travels!
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Nia Martin grew up with cats, dogs, horses, and a goldfish that lived for eight years. Based in Seattle, her writing and photography have appeared in Seattle magazine, The Seattle Times, The Fold, Cascadia Magazine, and Bitterroot Magazine, among others. When not working, you can find her petting dogs and visiting her family’s charismatic tabby, William of Orange.
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