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We just got back from our road trip, and do I have some road trip tips for you. I want to let you in on what it took to actually prep for a 7 day road trip to and from Arizona to Washington. Something that my husband and I have always loved to do together is travel. We have been to Flagstaff, Sedona (my all time favorite at this point in time), the Grand Canyon, Lake Tahoe, Cancun with my in laws. This past week we traveled from Arizona, through Utah, Idaho and Oregon to finally settle and celebrate my sister’s birthday in Seattle for a few days! It was such a fun time hanging with some of my family.
We did a lot, went to a lot of places and did lots of things in the few days we were there, but prepping for this trip was time consuming, but doable. Check out how I got ready for our 34 hour trip!
Hubby & Fur Baby on the Road
First things first, getting things ready for both of my boys (Leia stayed with Grammy and Grandpa for the week) for a trip is definitely a list worthy task. There are things that cannot be forgotten lol. I am a list person by all means so this is always the best method for me to remember everything. (Maybe I’ll make a road trip template for your guys in the near future.)
Keep in mind that we were going to be in Washington where it is pretty cold and rainy compared to sunny California or Arizona. This list was made with that climate in mind.
So I started with his clothes and accessories:
- underwear (5 pair and washed them when he ran out)
- socks (7 pair)
- under shorts (it’s a thing, my husband needed 4 and we washed when he ran out)
- under shirts (5 and washed when he ran out)
- shirts (7)
- pants (3)
- one pair of hiking/leisure shoes
- one pair of “nice” shoes
Then I made a list of the toiletries he/we would need:
- tongue scrapper
- hair gel
- Q tips
- shampoo/conditioner/body wash combo
- face wash
- face moisturizer
If your husband is anything like mine, he eats a lot but doesn’t gain a pound. Soooo, meal planning is not always cheap or easy especially on the road. The best solution I’ve come up with is some protein and snacks.
These are the basics of the meals I made for us in our rented trailer we took (best idea we had). With this, I can make sandwiches, bean & cheese burritos, eggs for breakfast, and a simple pig in a blanket for a snack and other miscellaneous snacks. It’s just a matter of getting creative with the ingredients to make sure that he is fed and full for a good amount of time.
- hot dogs
- lunch meat
- nut mix
- granola bars
- sunflower seeds
- misc. snacks
Granted, we did go out to eat a couple of times for dinner and ate left overs. Also, side note, I need to share the different places we visited and ate at because it was the best food we had. Not one complaint in the few different places we ate! UH-MAZING!
Packing for a Fur Baby
Now, we need to talk about packing for my fur boy. The things that Jedi needed were basic dog accessories & necessities:
- chew rope (Jedi loves chewing things)
- seat cover (Jedi’s hair gets all over and pokes when it’s stuck on your clothes)
- tie out cable (Jedi likes to explore but also chase things, so this keeps him contained)
- water bowl (Right now we use regular bowls for him while we are on the road, but these ones I really want to try out for our next trip)
- Jedi’s bed
- Dog food (Great buy for highly sensitive pups)
Where did Jedi Sleep?
We definitely wanted to go out and explore Washington, however our rambunctious boy Jedi would have definitely been a lot to handle. So we planned ahead and did research to find a Rover sitter that was only a few miles from us to let him vacation with while we roamed. We only had to pay $96 to have him board at our pretty amazing Rover sitter’s home while we went out and enjoyed Washington! We felt so comfortable with him being there because of the pictures and videos she sent of him having fun. If you are ever going anywhere and want your fur baby to be well taken care of, do your research on the person you are considering and check out the reviews to get an idea of who you might be leaving your pup with. We’ve left Jedi with a few different Rover sitters so far and we have had nothing but great experiences. (P.S. you could become a Rover sitter too for a little extra side cash or click on the Rover icon below to get a $20 credit on your first time! 😉 )
Overall guys, I love lists especially when planning a trip. It helps me to visualize what will be needed. Not only that but it’s best to try getting things packed up beforehand so that on your final day it’s easier to figure out what you don’t have that you may still need to pack.
This trip was so much fun, and I hope these lists kind of gave you an idea of what might be important for your next road trip with you significant other and fur kids. Taking care of both definitely takes a little extra work on the road, but it is still doable and very rewarding.
What do you guys think of me creating a PDF printable template for you guys to print out for your next road trip list? Also, what do YOU do to make things easier for your road trip?