When Troy and I first started planning our trip to California this summer, we knew right away we would be bringing Zorro along with us to serve as the official Adventure CRU mascot (and snuggle buddy). Zorro is our petite rescue pup (you can read his story here) and he’s been a member of our CRU since 2015 — we just couldn’t imagine leaving him behind! Although he is low maintenance, we will need to pack up his travel bag with gear for our road trip.
Zorro gets two meals a day and drinks plenty of water, so kibble, fresh water and travel bowls are essential. We like these bowls we found on Amazon. For snacks, Zorro usually gets a few treats and some finely chopped veggies, and to be honest, a little of whatever we’re snacking on too!
His favorite treats right now are Buckley trainer treats in Bacon Flavor. These treats are grain free and only 4 calories per piece – great for rewarding him during training sessions, and important since he only eats 200 calories per day!
Since the day we adopted Zorro, we have watched him burrow into blankets and make a nest tucked deep in the cozy bedding. He is quite the snuggle bunny! His microfiber bone blanket will definitely get packed as well as his bed so he can rest peacefully on the road. It’s always nice to have a bit of home with you when you travel!
Though we have worked hard with Zo to be under voice control, we will definitely be bringing his leash along for the trip. Some parks and nature preserves don’t allow dogs, and if we need to board him at any point along the way, the paperwork will definitely come in handy. Another basic necessity for the road is Zo’s veterinary paperwork, including rabies verification, and a dog friendly first aid kit with us just in case.
Troy and I are still working on how to keep ourselves entertained as we drive long hours out west. Luckily, we have Zorro’s entertainment figured out. He loves Himalayan Chews! They keep him occupied for hours. We plan to bring plenty for him to enjoy and since these hearty chews are made out of yak’s milk and lime juice, we don’t mind him chewing all day long. Zo is small but he chomps hard. Even still, it takes him a while to chew up the Himalayan chews and that is a great thing in my book. More chewing = less spending! Our pup is not very toy motivated but he does have one moose stuffy that was his first toy (also his favorite) that will make the trip with us.
- Month long supply of kibble
- Waste bags
- Himalayan chews
- First aid for dog
- Vet information
Once we get on the road we will see where Zorro feels most comfortable sleeping. During the day he will probably be in one of our laps or in his bed. At night, he can either sleep up on the sleeping platform with us or cozy down in his bed in the front seat. Soon we will be going on our first overnight camp in the CR-V to test it out and we will let you know how it all goes in an upcoming blog post! Until then may you have peace in your heart and happiness on the road.