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Embarking on Adventure: Unleash the Fun of a Dog Road Trip!

Hey there, fellow dogventurers! Are you ready to buckle up, stick your head out the window, and wag your tails in excitement? Because we’re about to embark on the most pawsome escapade ever—a dog road trip! Strap in, grab your treats, and get ready to hit the road with your furry best friend. Your tail-wagging journey will be filled with laughter, tail wags, and memories that will have your pup begging for an encore.

Small brown and white hound sitting in the front of a car.

Puppy Planning—Charting a Canine-Friendly Route

Ready to set off on a journey that will make tails wag non-stop? Well, first things first, you need to plan your route. Start by sniffing out some dog-friendly destinations along the way. Places that welcome our four-legged adventurers with open paws, from dog friendly dog parks to dog friendly beaches to hiking trails where tails can wag free and stop and relax. Well-fed road trippers make for happy road-trippin’ canines!

Top travel tip: check out Bring Fido for excellent pet friendly resources for your your travels from pet fun and friendly activities, to dog friendly hotel and restaurant recommendations with reviews from dog lovers.

Looking at a woman from above who is looking at a map with a dog nose.
Planning for the dog trip.

The Wag-Worthy Essentials—Packing for Adventure!

Packing is no walk in the park, especially when your doggo may distract you with their unbridled excitement! Essentials like a dog first aid kit, food, water, and a cozy bed, are no brainers but let’s spice things up with some doggy essentials that add flair to our trip.

Throw in a funky summer themed dog bandana or a doggy backpack to carry your dog or a doggy backpack for your dog to carry your and their things for that extra “oh-so-fashionable” look. Don’t forget their favorite toys—the right dog toy can be a furry road trip buddy that will keep their tails wagging all day long and add to beach playtime. And of course, we can’t leave behind the all-important poop bags because even on a road trip, we need to be responsible pet parents. Nobody wants a “landmine” situation, right?

Women in car with a dog from behind on a dog road trip.
Taking to the road with your pup for a dog road trip takes some planning.

Sing-Along, Bark-Along—Soundtracking the Journey

What’s a dog road trip without some pawsitively groovy tunes? Crank up the volume and let your doggy unleash their inner howling superstar. Sing along, bark along, and let the wind carry those woofs far and wide!

Create a special playlist tailored for your pup’s taste in music. Whether they’re into classical symphonies or prefer some head-banging rock, let their ears be entertained too. Spotify has a summer road trip playlist to get your creative juices flowing but I am sure we all have that memorable summer song!

Adventure Unleashed—Exploring Dog-Friendly Pit Stops

As we embark on this journey, keep your eyes peeled for those hidden gems—places that welcome your furry sidekick with open arms and wagging tails. Seek out dog-friendly parks where they can chase squirrels to their heart’s content. Find that serene beach where they can splash around in the waves, pretending they’re the next Michael Phelps of the doggy world. And don’t forget those hiking trails that lead to breathtaking views, making you and your pup feel like conquerors of the world!

Check out some of our favorites:

Dog Friendly Beaches to Top Your Bucket List

9 Best Dog Parks in the US Where Your Canine Can Accompany You

The Woof-derful Memories—Capturing the Moments

We all know the importance of documenting our adventures, and this dog road trip is no exception. Whip out your camera or smartphone and capture those precious memories that will make you smile for years to come and are perfect for sharing on social media.

Get some inspo with these 11 Sporty Dogs on Instagram

Snap candid shots of your pup’s tongue flying in the wind, their goofy expressions as they discover new sights, and their tail wagging at warp speed. Bonus points if you can catch them mid-yawn or mid-slobber—those are the moments that truly showcase their unrivaled charm and take you to the doggo social media big leagues.

Lady lying on the grass taking a photo of a dog that is on her stomach

Chill Out: Make Sure Your Dog is Calm in Car

Don’t let pup anxiety in the car derail you from your next adventure. Calm hemp spray works wonders to keep pets relaxed and chill so your dog can handle the stress of travel and enjoy the ride.

Learn more about Calm here


Fellow dog lovers, get ready to embark on a dog road trip that will be nothing short of epic! Embrace the spirit of adventure, pack your bags with tail-wagging essentials, sing along to your favorite tunes, and explore the dog-friendly wonders along the way. Remember, this journey isn’t just about the destination; it’s about the laughter, joy, and unforgettable memories you’ll create with your four-legged co-pilot. So, buckle up and let the wag-tastic adventure begin—because the open road is calling, and your doggo is ready to answer! Woof, yeah!