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What to Pack For A Dog Friendly Holiday

Dog Friendly holidays are getting ever more popular with thousands of us opting to take our beloved pooch travelling with us instead of leaving them in kennels or with friends. There are so many choices these days – dogs are welcome in lots of places  from 5 star hotels to basic campsites. We normally opt for a cottage or lodge based holiday in an area with a mixture of great scenic walking and dog friendly pubs that serve good food and ale.  Maya enjoys all the new experiences, sights and sniffs so much, that, even if it rains seeing her so happy makes the holiday special.

Maya is quite a bravel little dog and gets into everything sometimes causing me near heart attack moments!! But the main thing is that she is having fun and seems to have an innate sense of self preservation which has prevented her following a scent down a steep cliff – so far. When it comes to packing for a trip Maya has her own rucksack that contains a few holiday essentials – especially important if like us you are a fan of long hikes and rambles – but also useful to take on any hotel/lodge/country cottage based holiday.

The Contents of Maya’s Rucksack

  1. Basic First Aid Kit – so important as walking in the country side you never now when your pooch can get into a scrape, pick up a tick etc. I also find out the phone number of a local vet and store it in my phone.
  2. Spare Harness or Collar and Lead – We always let Maya walk off lead as much as possible but sometimes being on the lead is a must. I always pack a spare in case of loss or damage and if we go on a hike I take it with me too.  An extra precaution you can also take is to put a temporary dog tag with the address/phone number of your holiday accomodation on.
  3. An Equafleece or similar – In the Uk the weather can change in a heartbeat but Maya doesn’t always have her thinking cap on and often picks the chilliest weather to take an impromptu dip in a lake or river so I always pack an Equafleece to dry her off. An equafleece can also protect pooch from inclement weather so they really are a worthwhile investment.
  4. Collapsible Water Bowl – simply essential for any long dog walks or outings.
  5. Dog Shampoo and Towels – If you don’t have to bath your dog on holiday, has it even been a dog friendly holiday??
  6. Food, Food Bowls and Treats – Maya is raw fed at home but on holidays she eats Guru (their tripbones are ideal for petaways) and more recently she has trialled Pure which is a really good option as it takes up alot less bulk.  If your dog normally eats a kibble diet of course keep things the same.
  7. Familiar Bedding – Dogs love sniffing out new scents on holidays but when it comes to bedtime they like to be reminded of the smells of home – help your pooch relax and don’t wash everything!
  8. Balls/Toys – Maya doesn’t go anywhere without her balls!! If your pooch has a favourite toy they like to snuggle with take that too!
  9. A Spiral Tie Out Stake  – So useful for picnics and if the garden/grounds of your accomodation are not enclosed.

A Few Extra Tips

I usually pack her a colourful bandana and bow tie as well for cuteness appeal in country pubs, and, as we love exploring and geocaching a compass and local ordance survey map in case we have no mobile coverage. Keeping microchip  details up to date is a must and I always make sure my mobile number is current on these.

Lots of venues and attractions are dog friendly nowadays but some are not – The Eden Project and Warwick Castle are  a couple of examples that spring to mind. So what I do if I really want to visit somewhere, is research and arrange a local doggy daycare for Maya before I go. It’s a good idea to take a copy of your dogs vaccination record in case this is needed if you think you might want to do this.

I’d love to know your thoughts and ideas for packing for a dog friendly holiday. Why not leave a comment below and let me know.


Love Sal & Maya xxx




Michelle and Barney
August 9, 2017 at 10:04 am

Such good suggestions and beautiful pictures of Maya 😍Xx

Fran and Fenton
August 9, 2017 at 2:44 pm

Good practical advice on everything you would need to pack for your fur baby!We were caught out when Fentys lead broke one time so the idea of a spare one would have haved saved us lots of wasted time finding a replacement!!Lovely photos of Maya as always!xx

    August 9, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Maya chewed her way through 2 new leads on her first ever holiday – little minx!! Thanks so much for commenting Fran, I really appreciate it. xxx

August 9, 2017 at 4:17 pm

Great post, we have a few of these are actually one coming up for dog friendly hotel stays too!
They’re so hopefully, and it’s so lovely that you take Maya on holiday xx
Love From, Steph & The Spaniels

    August 9, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Thanks so much for reading Steph. I will be sure to keep an eye out for your post as we really love your blog. xxx

Amanda and Charlie.
August 10, 2017 at 1:43 pm

Such a useful post and Maya looks beautiful xx

August 10, 2017 at 2:17 pm

Good tips!
Zuki has the which comes with bowls and pockets for toys, treats etc.
Lots of places now offer beds but we always take Zuki’s blankie for night time.
Maybe we can join your Blog community as Zuki has a Dog Blog where she reviews Dog Friendly hotels throughout the UK.

    August 10, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Oh that looks a good product Hazel. Yes lots of hotels have dog beds, but lodges, and cottages not so much we’ve found. I will definitely have a read of Zuki’s blog. Thanks so much for commenting. xxx

August 10, 2017 at 6:45 pm

Very interesting tips. We never carry an extra collar or harness in the backpack of Joy. Thanks for the advice and for you useful post
Maya looks so nice as always!

Blanca & Platón
August 29, 2017 at 8:20 am

Fantastic post Sal, my friend!!! I’d never consider to leave Platón in a kennel. That’s why we only go to Spain once per year and by car!!! We don’t consider the option to put him on a plane with the suticases 😭 It’s a long trip (it takes 3 days to arrive in Spain and 3 more for coming back but we are absolutely proud of having him in our lifes!) We don’t know how to enjoy life without him! Love you and thanks for your great ideas!!! 💗💗💗💗💗

    August 31, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Wow that is a long trip but I understand completely what you mean. Thanks so much for commenting Bianca – hope you all have a wonderful time in Spain. xxx

Sara Keedy
May 22, 2018 at 9:18 am

Great post! Just what I needed as we are taking our first weekend camping trip with our 1 year old collie this weekend. Wish me luck. 🙂

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