Written By: Luke Rees
Travelling with pets can be a daunting prospect: to add to the stress of navigating the roads and finding suitable food and accommodation, you’re also stuck looking after an unpredictable, and sometimes unwelcome, travel companion.
Nevertheless, a pet is part of the family and you wouldn’t want to leave them behind whilst everyone else is away having fun! For those who can’t bear to leave their furry friend at home or at the kennel, here are seven cool gadgets to keep your pet entertained and safe.
In the Car
A dog is one of the family, therefore why wouldn’t you want your furry buddy to be just as safe as a human during a long car journey? The Clickit Utility dog safety harness provides that peace of mind.
Named the 2013 Top Performing Pet Safety Harness in a collaborative study to test the effectiveness of pet harnesses in vehicle collisions, the design is a similar concept to the three-point seatbelt, but with broad padded vest to keep your dog comfortable.
The price varies between $89 and $99 depending on the size of your dog.
If you’re dog often gets sick during long journeys then this homeopathic remedy could be the solution. The non-sedating liquid provides temporary relief from motion sickness, fear of travel including cars, boats, trains, and airplanes.
It can be used to treat vomiting, drooling, panting, restlessness and other unwanted behaviours associated with travel, and costs around $16.
At the Campsite
Taking your dog camping or caravanning can be a great experience: you get to show them the real outdoors and are likely to create some wonderful lasting memories.
Mark Bebb, managing director of Salop Leisure, a West Midlands caravan dealership, loves to take his dog Pepper with him on camping holidays and has some valuable advice: ‘Dogs are the perfect camping companion, but you need to prepare them for the trip. Dogs become stressed easily when faced with unfamiliar surroundings and so set up the tent in the garden, or spend a night in the caravan before you go, just to get your dog comfortable with the prospect of camping for real!’
Dogs can be easily spooked, especially when in unfamiliar surroundings, and this product provides a little extra comfort whilst they’re away from home.
When a puppy is under the care of his dog mother, the mum will lift the puppy off the ground in order to calm him down. The Rein Coat is designed to replicate this experience: the loose fitting coat triggers oxytocin to be released in your pet’s brain, which reduces fear and anxiety.
This is a great one to bring out if there’s ever a thunder storm in the tent! Prices range between $60 and $150.
If you like to camp or caravan with your pet, the nights can often get a bit chilly. For those who prefer to not have to snuggle up to their furry friend for warmth, the Sleepypod is a low wattage warmer designed to maintain a toasty 102°F (39°C) all night long.
It’s completely sealed and so perfectly safe when damp inside, and also comes with various international plug adapters. This means you can travel the world in your caravan or RV, and you’re furry buddy will never catch a cold! Price comes in at $64.99.
Ever wondered what you’re dog gets up to after hours? Through a wi-fi connection, the Motorola Scout 1 Wi-Fi Video Pet Monitor Camera provides two-way communication, allowing you to hear and speak to your pet remotely whilst in different compartment of your caravan or RV.
It displays the room temperature and provides alerts if it’s too hot or too cold for your pet and can also play soothing music if they’re having trouble relaxing. The free app that goes along with it also allows you to record video and take snapshots of your pet’s embarrassing nightly antics!
Get yours for around $80.
Out and About
Pet skin isn’t quite as tough and protective as many people think. Although stronger than human skin, paws can still become chapped in cold weather, or burnt on hot ground.
If you’re planning on travelling anywhere with an extreme climate it might be worth bringing along a stick of FFD Pet Balm for extra protection. The Fou-Stick rubs on like any other moisturizer and protects paws from snow, salt and sleet and can also help with dry chapped noses.
Get them for just $4.99.
It’s every dog owner’s worst nightmare to lose their dog whilst on a walk – the chances of doing so are also increased when travelling in unfamiliar surroundings. The Dog Tracker Plus is one of the best pieces of technology for ensuring peace of mind – it’s even been tried and tested by the armed forces!
The collar is fitted with a GPS device which can be tracked from an app on your phone. If you’re dog goes out of sight you can use the app to see their exact location, speed and direction of travel, allowing you to see exactly what they’re up to. Set electronic boundaries and never let your dog be led astray by any curious smells, or squirrels!
See here for details on pricing.
Dog Buddy Free – My Dog File App
This free app is essentially your doggie diary. Available for iPhone and iPod Touch, Dog Buddy allows you to record the milestones of your dog’s life, add pictures, and also track your dogs’ weight veterinary, medications, vaccinations and allergies.
You also don’t need to be connected to the internet to browse information, post updates or even add photos from your travels, and so you can share pics of your dog wherever you are. Remember, dogs are social animals too!
Luke is a travel writer from London. He owns a black Labrador who he occasionally takes camping in the woods – she’s an awesome companion!