Cargo-Area Mat or Liner Mats and liners help protect carpets and make cleanup easier. Look for one with a 2- to 3-inch lip around the edge to keep spills contained.
Mat/Travel Bed If you have a pet bed at home, take it along to help keep your pet comfortable and make him feel more secure. Or get one just for your car. Beds for the cargo area are an option, as are hammocks that fit over the rear-seat area.
Loading Ramp These ramps make it easier for dogs to get in and out of vehicles. Telescoping or foldable ramps provide extra length without being too long to fit in your car.
“Pet Friendly” Guidebook These include tips on lodging, emergency services, and pet-friendly parks along the way. Also check out websites like petswelcome and petfriendlytravel.com.
Collar ID Tag Get one with your pet’s name, your name, and your telephone number. A cell-phone number is best for the road, or you can tape a local number to the collar. Bring along your vet’s number, too.
Prepacked Food Familiar food is good on the road and can save money over buying as you go. Pack each meal in a resealable plastic bag.
Biscuits, Treats, and Toys A new or favorite toy or two can relieve stress.
Water Bowl Any plastic bowl will do, but a number of sources offer specialty travel bowls that are collapsible, spillproof, and/or resealable. Some models even fit into a cup holder. And don’t forget a container for carrying water.
Dog Towels They’re handy for swims or an unexpected mud bath.
Leash It should be obvious, but don’t forget the leash.
Medical Records Should your pet become ill, they can save valuable time and expense.
Medications Don’t forget pills, ointments, or anything else you give your pet at home.
Pet Photo Bring a print or take one with your cell phone. If your pet gets lost, a picture can be worth far more than a thousand words.
Litter and Box Your cat will need litter and a box for trips longer than 6 hours. In a pinch, you can make a litter box from a cake pan or box.
Plastic bags and cleaning supplies They’re especially handy if someone has an upset stomach or “accident.”
Prevent Fast Getaways Always put your pet on a leash before opening the door or tailgate to let him out.
Take Regular Breaks Stop every couple of hours to let your pet drink some water and get a little exercise.
Don’t Leave Your Pet in a Car Never leave a pet in the car on a hot day. CR testing showed that even when it was 61° F outside, the temperature inside a closed car reached more than 105° F in just 1 hour, an extremely dangerous and potentially fatal level.
Avoid Wind in the Face Letting your pet ride with its head out the window looks like fun, but eye, ear, and head injuries could result.
Plan Your Stops If you’re staying in hotels, make sure they’re pet-friendly before you book. And keep in mind that some hotels and motels that say they allow animals might have weight limits or charge you an extra fee.