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Top 10 Accessories For Travelling With Pets

bringing dog on holidays

Safety harnesses, travel beds, feeding bottles, life vests, seat protectors, first aid kits and lots more – I’ve hand picked 10 accessories for travelling with pets.  

One of the benefits of holidaying at home is that you can bring your four legged friend along with you. I was surprised to discover just how many accessories are available if you are planning on travelling with pets this summer.

With this in mind I have teamed up with Irish owned MicksGarage.com, who are Ireland’s number one online store for all your car and travel essentials. They have a wide selection of camping equipment, bike racks, roof racks as well as pet travel accessories – many of which are available to order with next day delivery. There are so many pet accessories to choose from, but I have highlighted ten of my favourites below.

 
1. Seat protectors and covers

car accessories for travelling with dogs

Seat protectors are essential when travelling with pets. There are many varieties to choose form but most are heavy-duty, water repellent and tearproof. Boot covers are also available, as well as pet hammocks!

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2. Safety seat belt harnesses

safety harness for travelling with pets

Irish pet laws state you must restrain your dog while driving, so it is vital that you invest in a good safety belt harness. There is a wide selection to choose from depending on the size and weight of your dog.

The Trixie Car Safety Belt Harness is comfortable to wear and contains soft inner cushions on the chest area to alleviate any unnecessary discomfort or irritation to your dog when they pull on a leash, or if you need to brake suddenly. This also comes with a tape leash and be used when walking – and can be more comfortable for your dog than a leashed collar.

It is important to note that this Dog Car Safety Belt and Harness is designed to prevent the movement of your dog in your vehicle and provide an increased level of protection if an accident occurs. However, it does not guarantee safety during an accident. Please drive with care while transporting animals and help protect your pet while on the move.

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3. Pet life vests

life jackets for dogs

If you are planning on bringing your dog to the beach, or on a boat or paddle board this summer, a life vest is essential. Strong currents are common and your pet can get caught out easily. This pet vest is bright and comfortable and comes with a zipper and handle on the back, in the unfortunate event that you need pull your dog from the water. 

Read: Inflatable paddle boards – how to choose the right SUP board 

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4. Travel feeding and drinking kits

 
 accessories for travelling with pets

Your pet will love the selection of water bottles and feeding sets available. I like this Travel Food and Water set because it can be used for food storage and feeding – there are two separate bowls for feeding, one for water and one for food. This is a great space saver and ideal for road trips and hiking.
 
Priced at only €7.99, this is great value  – and the bowls are dishwasher proof too!

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5. First aid kit for travelling with pets

accessories for travelling with pets

Splinters and cuts can happen easily when travelling with pets, as animals are not used to the territory, and make find themselves in places they shouldn’t be! The Trixie First Aid Kit for Cats and Dogs is a handy kit that comes in a portable pouch that can be attached to a belt or rucksack, and is ideal for hiking, or walking.

The kit includes a wound compress, bandage packs, adhesive tape, alcohol swabs, a disposable syringe, a tweezers for removing ticks, gloves, a muzzle loop, flea and lice comb, and a book with tips for administering the correct first aid to your pet.
 
This is a steal at just €9.99 – an essential in my view if travelling with pets.

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6. Car seats and travel beds

pet travel accessories

MicksGarage have a selection of car seats and travel beds to keep your pet comfortable when you travel. This handy 2 in 1 pet carrier and seat protector can be attached to the car seat using strong straps. It is easy to clean, and waterproof and is suitable for most cars. It is also great value too, priced at just €25.87.
 
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7. Herbal anti anxiety kits for travelling with pets

travel tablets for pets

Calm-Eze Anti Anxiety Travel Tablets are ideal for use with anxious or nervous dogs and cats. These tablets are a natural dietary supplement that were designed and created by veterinary practitioners. They help to calm nervous pets when travelling, and can also be used during thunderstorms, fireworks, or stress caused by separation anxiety.
 
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8. Pet carriers and crates

pet carriers for travel

MicksGarage has a selection of pet carriers and crates to suit dogs of all sizes. Choose crates that are designed to be used in the boot of the car, or heavy duty canvas carriers that are ideal for indoor, outdoor and travel use.
 
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10. Pet door anti-scratch protectors

car accessories for travelling with pets

This two pack of anti-scratch protectors is suitable for most cars and is fitted with multi-function pockets. Protect your door panels from scratches and dirt while on the move, and they can be easily washed with water and a brush.
 
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MicksGarage.com are Ireland’s number one online store for all your car and travel essentials. They have a wide selection of camping equipment, SUP boards, bike racks and roof racks, many of which are available to order with next day delivery. Rated 4.7 on Trustpilot, MicksGarage.com should be your first port of call for staycation essentials this summer.

This post on accessories for travelling with pets was sponsored by MicksGarage.com. I hope it helps you plan a trip away with your four legged friend soon. 

 

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Holidays in Ireland

10 Camping Essentials For Your Staycation In Ireland

Camping essentials

Planning on going camping this summer? From tents to tennis rackets, sleeping bags to seats, bike racks to barbecues, I’ve got all your camping essentials covered.

Whether you are a first time camper or a camping expert, it is vital you have the right camping essentials with you when camping in Ireland. A good quality tent is a given, but so is a sleeping bag and insulation mat, to cope with our ever changing weather conditions.

Roof boxes can be a handy way to double your boot space, but a powerbank to charge multiple devices in one go is probably at the top of your kids priority list! Unfortunately in Ireland we don’t have the luxury of campsites with swimming pools and restaurants that you find overseas, so you need to bring cooking equipment and cooler boxes, and of course no camping holiday is complete without games!

family camping holidays in Ireland

With this in mind I have teamed up with Irish owned MicksGarage.com, who are Ireland’s number one online store for all your car and camping essentials. They have a wide selection of camping equipment online, many of which are available with next day delivery. 

 

1. Tents

High quality tents are the ultimate camping essenitals

There is a wide selection of tents available, including small tents for couples, luxury tunnel tents that can sleep up to six, and cool pop-up play tents for kids. Choosing the right tent really depends on how much camping you plan on doing. Luxury brands like Husky and High Peak produce high quality tents which are ideal for camping holidays in Ireland.

The High Peak Leesburg six man tent is like an outdoor home! It comes with a 11-15m2 of living space, a sewn-in floor to keep moisture, dirt and creepy crawlies out, transparent windows which can also be opened, and a large canopy to provide shade and protection against the wind. 

But if you are camping for the first time and are looking for a smaller, basic tent, Micks Garage have those too. Search the full range here:

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2.  Sleeping bags and Air mattresses

Husky sleeping bags are ideal for camping holidays in Ireland

The best tent in the world won’t feel like it if you don’t have a good sleeping bag to go with it. The high quality Husky sleeping bags are available for both adults and kids, and they cope with extreme conditions as well as warmer temperatures.

Make sure you pick up a camping mat too. The self inflating ultralight mats provide insulation, and their compact size are ideal for backpacking.  

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3. Portable camping furniture

camping essentials - inflatable seats.

From camping holidays to festivals, every home should have inflatable chairs. Micks Garage have a great selection with prices from just €15.90. You will also find portable dining tables and popup hammocks – the ultimate camping essentials!

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4. Roof racks

how to choose a roof rack

If you are worried about being short on boot space for your camping holiday, then you should invest in a roof rack. There are many different types to choose from, with prices from as little as €69.

Micks Garage’s easy to use roof rack tool will show you how to choose a roof rack in minutes. They have a wide selection of roof boxes to choose from too.

Read: How to choose a roof rack in three easy steps

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5. Bike racks

bike racks.

Cycling has become more popular than ever, and Ireland has many gorgeous greenways that are just waiting to be explored. However, renting bikes for all the family is not cheap, and many kids and keen cyclists feel more comfortable using their own bikes. Bike racks are an efficient and economical way of transporting your bikes, both on holidays, or for days out at home.

MicksGarage have a wide selection to choose from – you carry bikes on the roof, towbar or rear door of your car, with prices from €49.99. They also have a new electric bike carrier in stock too.

Read: 5 Greenways to cycle in Ireland this summer

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6. Portable barbecues and stoves

portable barbecue for camping.

Cooking on a portable stove or barbecue is part and parcel of camping holidays, and there is nothing better than barbecued burgers on the beach! Micks Garage have a wide selection of cooking equiment available as well as Chilly Bottles and camping cutlery.

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7. Powerbanks and Jumpstarters

a good quality powerbank is a camping essential

 

A jumpstarter is one of those things we all mean to buy, but often don’t. As well as jump starting a dead battery, they also double up as a powerbank and can recharge multiple devices on the go, including phones and tablets. Many also feature an LED light for use at night or low light conditions. These can be particularly useful if camping in Ireland and are one of those camping essentials that you will be glad to have with you.

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8. Roof boxes and tow boxes

roof racks can be handy for camping holidays

Double your boot space for your staycation this year but adding a roof box or tow box to your car. Store bulky items in the roof box, and allow plenty of room in your boot to bring a selection of clothes for all weather eventualities – remember you may get four seasons in one day in Ireland.

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9. Games and activities:

Games are camping essentials for family camping holidays.

Is a camping holiday even a camping holiday without fireside games and activities? From Swing Ball to Limbo, tennis rackets to darts, there is a wide selection to choose from, as well as kids crab nets, fishing rods and inflatable swimming pools.

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10. Cooler boxes

cooler boxes are vital camping esentials

Did you know that Coleman cooler boxes can retain ice for up to 3 days? Cooler boxes are not only camping essentials, but they are something that every home should have. There is nothing better than reaching for a cool drink on a hot day! There are many different cooler boxes to choose from, including personal coolers for short excursions and extreme coolers for longer trips. 

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MicksGarage.com are Ireland’s number one online store for all your car and travel essentials. They have a wide selection of camping equipment, SUP boards, bike racks and roof racks, many of which are available to order with next day delivery. Rated 4.7 on Trustpilot, MicksGarage.com should be your first port of call for staycation essentials this summer.

This post on camping essentials was sponsored by MicksGarage.com. I hope it helps you plan a trip away soon. 

 

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Travel Tips

How To Choose A Roof Rack In Three Easy Steps

family with roof rack on their car

Don’t stress about car boot space, buy a roof rack instead. My handy guide will help you choose the right roof rack in minutes!

If you are thinking of investing in sports equipment, camping gear, or planning a vacation where you might need excess luggage, then having a roof rack is vital. Perhaps you joined the masses and bought a kayak or SUP board last year, or took up cycling or sea swimming? Remember if you are holidaying in Ireland, you need to pack for all types of weather, and if travelling with kids, bringing bikes or any sports equipment with you is a Godsend. 

sup board from micksgarage.com

Luckily a roof rack can solve this problem easily, and for very little cost. There are many different types to choose from, with prices from as little as €69. I have teamed up with Irish owned MicksGarage.com, who are Ireland’s number one online store for all your car and travel essentials. They have a wide selection of SUP boards, camping equipment, bike racks and roof racks, many of which are available to order with next day delivery.

camping equipment at MicksGarage

I love that all roof racks sold on MicksGarage.com come with the fitting kits, locks and keys – many other retailers charge for these separately. I also love their handy roof rack look up tool – you can find the right roof rack to suit your car in minutes! 

 

How to choose a roof rack for your car:

1. Inspect the roof of your car

Some cars are already fitted with roof rails to give a sporty look. If so, you need to check what type of rails you have. Raised rails sit on the sides of your roof and you can fit your hand underneath them. Sold rails sit flush on your roof and there is no space underneath them.

Some roof bars attach to original fixing points on your car, and every fixed point kit is slightly different, however you can rest assured MicksGarage.com has a roof rack for all roof types.

how to choose the right roof rack

2. Decide on the appearance and functionality you want

Choosing the right roof rack or bars for your car will come down to functionality, price and personal taste.  Do you want one to carry a roof box, bikes or paddle boards? They can also be used for buggies, golf clubs or large carry bags. 

how to choose a roof rack

Steel bars are stronger and very functional, however aluminium bars are lighter, making them easier to reposition. Aluminium bars are more aerodynamic than a steel bar, providing a near silent experience while driving. However, aluminium bars won’t rust as easily as a steel bar.

Some bars can make your car look sporty, and if you drive a premium car you will want to choose one that suits your vehicle. Aluminium bars are softer and more rounded, so they generally look better. The colour of your car may impact on whether you want silver or black bars too.  

MicksGarage.com has a vast range of roof racks, bars and roof boxes to suit all tastes and budgets.

 

3. Enter your car registration number into MicksGarage roof rack lookup

When I said I would show you how to choose a roof rack in three easy steps – I meant it! Once you know the roof type you have and what you want to use the roof rack for, and simply log on to MicksGarage.com, enter your car registration number, and you will instantly see the options available for your car. It couldn’t be easier!MicksGarage roof rack chooser

Remember, all bars sold on MicksGarage.com come with fitting kits, locks and keys as standard, so you will have everything you need to fit your roof bar delivered straight to your door. 

However, if you prefer to speak to someone personally, MicksGarage.com have friendly travel and leisure experts who would be happy to help you choose a roof rack over the phone – simply call 01-5311337  They can also offer an expert fitting service if required.  Rated 4.7 on Trustpilot, MicksGarage.com should be your first port of call for staycation essentials this summer. 

 

This post on how to choose a roof rack was sponsored my MicksGarage.

 

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