We'll be heading out West for the holidays in just a few days and 0/2 humans are packed, but Pierogi's bag has been ready for weeks (oops!). Back in July, we shared a glimpse into our trusty Puppy Bag and it was well used - especially over the summer months. But with our upcoming airport adventures, we had to update our bag with a few more essentials. Press play to find out what we packed and then keep reading for details...
- Toy. I usually include at least one favorite or one new toy - either one will do the trick. But with favorite toys, I like to rotate them so that they become forgotten and excitedly rediscovered. Ahh, old friends!
- Travel bowl. Ours is a two sided collapsible set with snap locks underneath to prevent the bowls from collapsing when in use. It's also easy to clean and stores compactly.
- Food. I packed a few servings of Pierogi's dry and wet food combo just to have on hand. To save room in our luggage, we'll pick up more food once we reach our destinations.
- Water. Ours is another collapsible item. It's a water bottle attached to a drinking tray, so all you have to do is squeeze the water bottle to allow the water to flow into the tray. I also love this model.
- Treats. Just like with toys, I like to include familiar treats as well as a basic new treat. For new treats, something like a flavored biscuit is usually a safe choice because it shouldn't upset Pierogi's stomach, but will still peak his interest with it being something new.
- Bully sticks. In the last Puppy Bag post, I referred to bully sticks as dog pacifiers because for us, they really are. Pierogi goes nuts for a new stick and sometimes works on them for a half hour straight.
- Leash or collar with tags. We keep our tags (identification and rabies) on our leash because we constantly change up what we take Pierogi out in - sometimes a harness is necessary, other times a snazzy bowtie is required.
- Paperwork. I included our airline confirmation of Pierogi's in-cabin flight, a letter from our vet indicating that Pierogi is in good shape to fly (which is usually required by airlines) and a copy of Pierogi's rabies certificate. In general, a rabies certificate is a good thing to have on hand if you travel across states - whether by plane, train or automobile.
- Blanket. Obviously to keep us warm, but it could also be used to drape over Pierogi's crate to darken his space and make sleeping more comfortable.
- Soft carrier. We went for a soft carrier over a hard carrier because it should give us a little more flexibility when we're trying to nestle it underneath the airplane seat, where every square inch is crucial. Also, while our carrier satisfies our airline's size restrictions, one side of the carrier can unzip to reveal a sort of tent section that would give Pierogi a little more room to move around. This is the exact one that we bought.
- Puppy! Finally, do not forget your best friend! And to all of our Boston Terrier friends, if you need help rounding up your dog, refer to this :)
Will you be travelling this holiday? Has your dog ever accompanied you on a flight? This is our first time flying with Pierogi and we're a little nervous.
P.S. Don't forget to check back tomorrow for a wintery treat for both you and your pup!
Woof! (Hey, there!) Pierogi, Gilly and Sarah here. Thanks for stopping by our dog blog. We're a little dog-obsessed around here and Pierogi & Co. is all about inspiring you to enjoy the dog days. Because life's more fun with your best (furry) friend by your side. So grab a bone and follow along as we stop to sniff the flowers...