Here is a list of the dog gear I keep in the car for everyday use — some of these items are Chloe’s regular car equipment (like her car seat and a window shade), and some are things I’ve needed when a quick trip to the dog park turned into an unexpected afternoon away from home.
This is the kind of list I wish I had had when we first brought Chloe home — I would have bought everything on it before we picked her up, like a baby’s layette!
Snoozer Lookout car seat
Small towel (to improve the comfort of Chloe’s Snoozer)
Chew toy (usually a bully stick)
Gulpy dog water bottle
Chuckit! mini launcher and small tennis balls (all of the tennis balls recently disappeared from our local dog park, so now I come prepared)
Bitter Apple (to discourage Chloe from chewing on the door lock stem next to her)
Extra harness and leash
Dog Bag collapsible crate (for when Chloe spends an afternoon at the office)
Travel bed (ditto)
I recently added a collapsible carrier to the list, but I haven’t had a reason to use it yet. It collapses neatly into a pancake shape, so it takes up little room, and I can imagine situations in which it would be useful. They haven’t occurred yet, but I’m ready.