Tips for Traveling with Your Dog

Client Jeff Hawkins and Leader Dog Gracie, in harness, stand in front of a billboard with text in French. The billboard shows a woman walking with her black lab guide dog in harness

Jeff and Gracie in France

Gracie and I have traveled to France, Italy, Toronto, Chicago, Wyoming, Colorado and annually to Florida over the last several years. We’ve been together through a lot.

But Gracie isn’t a human traveling companion – she’s my Leader Dog! As a Leader Dogs for the Blind client I’m forever grateful that Gracie has allowed me to be mobile and adventurous – the opportunities are endless.

Each trip is a little different but my packing checklist rarely changes. I thought I’d share some packing tips, whether you’re a Leader Dog client or not, if you’re considering bringing your dog along to your next trip.

  • Collapsible water and food bowls
  • Extra food (since you never know what brands are available locally)
  • Pet deodorizer
  • A glass bottle of water (for car travel)
  • Baby wipes
  • A towel
  • Grooming supplies
  • Extra towel(s) in case your dog has an accident (especially when traveling by plane)

If your dog is a fan of her kennel, you may even consider purchasing/packing a collapsible one so that she’s comfortable at your traveling destination(s).

Where are you traveling to this holiday season? Be sure to follow Leader Dog on Instagram to see where other Leader Dog clients and volunteers are going with their Leader Dogs and Future Leader Dogs.

Leader Dogs for the Blind empowers people who are blind, visually impaired or Deaf-Blind with skills for a lifetime of independent travel. And while all of our services are free of charge, we receive zero state or federal funding. Click here to help make an impact.