Dog Travel Packing List - Veterinary Nurse Advice

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Dog Travel Packing List - Veterinary Nurse Advice

Dog Travel Packing List - Veterinary Nurse Advice and Barking Heads


Whether you’re traveling abroad or somewhere in the UK with your favourite furry companion, just like us, it’s important we pack the important essentials so they’re set for a fun-filled and safe adventure! Packing everything you need (plus extras just in case), will make for a much happier dog travel experience.

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What do i need to pack for my dogs holiday?

Every pet is different and will respond differently to a new environment, this could be a brand new experience for them so its perfectly normal for your pet to experience a range of different emotions. Some pets will settle in immediately and adjust when others may struggle to adapt. Therefore, it’s important to keep as much of their routine and creature comforts the same during the first few days whilst they settle.


Food and treats

Remember to pack plenty of your pets food whilst you’re away along with any of their favorite treats to keep them busy!

Bedding and blankets

Pack a bed or two along with some blankets incase it’s a little chilly in the evenings.

Lead, collar and harness

An essential for safe walking whilst you’re away. Even if they’re good off lead, some places may require your dog to be on lead.

Portable bowls for food and water

It's very important your pet has access to water whilst you’re out and about, plus, it's important to be prepared in case there are no dog bowls at your accommodation.

Dog or cat carrier

Smaller dogs may benefit from a carrier to save their little legs on longer walks. For safety when traveling, a carrier is essential for a cat or a smaller dog.

Dog seat belt or car bed

If traveling in a car, it's important to have a dog-friendly seatbelt or car bed to keep your dog safe and secure whilst traveling.


Incase of any wet weather or your dog fancies a swim!

Dog coat and jumpers

Depending on where you are on holiday with your pet but the weather can be unpredictable so it's always better to prepare for cold and wet weather.

Poop bags

Dog-Friendly Sunscreen

Dogs that have light coloured, very short, fine fur, or lighter areas and any exposed areas of skin may need sunscreen.


Not only as creature comforts for your furry friend but perfect to keep your furry friend busy during a long car journey.

Emergency Vet contact

Always ensure you have a local vets contact details and address to hand just in case of an emergency whilst you’re on holiday with your pet.

Pet passport and/or certificates

See our blog here for more information.

First Aid Kit

Incase of an emergency whilst you’re away, its important to have a pet first aid kit to hand just in case.


If your pet is on medication, make sure you have enough from your Vet to last whilst you’re away.


From all of us at Barking Heads, we hope you have a wonderful holiday with your furry-friend and make lots of unforgettable memories.


Sharna Beveridge, Former Veterinary Nurse and Barking Heads

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*The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified pet health provider with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s health*

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