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Merlin loves his Road Trips. Here's his travel checklist refined over many miles for many more smiles.

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MERLIN'S ROAD TRIP PACKING LIST

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APPAREL

Leash
Collar with I.D. Tags
including dog license, rabies, contact info
Spare leash & collar
High-visibility collar, jacket, light
Weather appropriate clothing: coats, jackets, boots

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HEALTH

Water Bowl
Food Bowl
Plenty of water
Food, packed in water tight containers
Dog Snacks & Treats
Make sure all shots are current for duration of travel

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COMFORT

Dog bed or sleeping blanket
Familiar toys, spare balls, floating water toys, frisbees

Plenty of towels for drying, wiping
Brushes, combs
Shampoo
Hair trimming scissors
Nails file

Pickup bags
Medications
Medical and shot records
First-aid kit
Guide for Animal Emergencies
Gauze pads, bandages, tweezers, PVP iodine swabs,
eye/skin wash, hydro cortisone cream, antibiotic ointment,
cotton swabs, ear wash, antiseptic towelettes, powdered styptic
Magnifying glass & bright headlamp
Home veterinarian name & phone number

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ORIENTEERING
Pet Friendly guide books, websites, iPhone apps

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BE A GOOD CANINE AMBASSADOR
Always clean up after your dog
Minimize barking, digging
Never leave pets unattended

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Optional gear, depending on adventure & temperament

Harness
Hands-free Leash
Tie-out Rope
Canine car restraint, crate or kennel
Outdoor fencing enclosure
Inflatable pool

Collapsible Water & Food Bowls
Dog pack
Dog boots
Float coat or life jacket
Packable dog bed
Dog pup tent
Canine Tracking GPS
Dog whistle

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OVERNIGHT ADVENTURES
Confirm pet policies before arrival
Check ahead for local leash laws, city ordinances
Dogs are not allowed on National Park or National Monument Trails

Condition your dog
Choose an environment that matches your dog’s capability & fitness

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CAMPING
Register dog with campground
Add campsite number to tag
Keep dogs on 6 foot leash
Dry your dog's ears after swimming
Keep cool and hydrated

Be alert for:
Physical exhaustion
Heat exhaustion
Hypothermia
Hurt, cut, sore paws from sharp rocks, rough terrain, snow
Torn paw pads from excessive exercise
Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other parasites & bugs
Implanted stickers, thorns, weeds
Inexperience in the wilderness or in deep or fast moving water
Thin ice, unstable cliffs, & unsupervised exploring
Altitude Sickness
Weather induced lack of visibility
Hunters and hunting snares and traps
Bears, cougars, rutting deer, potentially dangerous wildlife