Want to take your dog on holiday but not sure what to pack? At Ingenia Holiday Parks we love pets and we’ve welcomed many of them (and their humans) over the years, so we know what it takes to ensure your dogs are comfortable, happy and healthy on holiday. Here’s our list of holiday essentials when packing for your pooch.
Food, water and treats
It might seem obvious, but don’t forget to pack food and water for your pup. Bring enough food to last for the duration of your trip plus a little extra just in case. Pack a portable water bowl and enough water to keep your dog hydrated during your journey. It’ll come in handy for day trips too! And consider bringing a few treats to reward them when they behave well.
Collar and lead
Even if your dog is well behaved, it is important to pack their lead and collar. Many pet-friendly parks and hike trails require your dog to remain on their lead at all times, and it’s safer for the dog too so they don’t get lost in an unfamiliar environment. Be sure to have an ID tag on their collar with your contact details in case you become separated.
The best way to settle your dog into a new environment quickly is to pack their dog bed or a favourite blanket. The familiar scent will go a long way to making your dog feel secure and relaxed and therefore more likely to fall asleep at the end of each day.
During long car rides or while relaxing on the beach or in the evening, it’s a good idea to have some toys to keep your pup occupied and entertained. Bring a variety of puzzle toys, chew toys, interactive toys and cuddly toys, so you’ve got something to suit their mood, and yours. You can’t go wrong with a frisbee or tennis ball on the beach!
Poop bags and cleaning supplies
Just like at home, it’s important to clean up after your dog while on holiday. To keep your surroundings clean and safe for everyone, pack plenty of poop bags and cleaning supplies.
As well as the essentials, you should also consider weather-appropriate gear, like a beach umbrella or cabana so your pup has shade to escape the heat of the day, or a warm winter coat if you’re heading somewhere cool. If you’re planning to enjoy lots of water activities, a doggie life vest might give you added peace of mind. And don’t forget to pack any medications your dog might need.