We asked some Rover sitters what they always have on their pre-stay packing list. Their responses ranged from fun to practical to business-savvy. Here’s what they never leave home without.
A surefire way to get a trained dog to listen to (and love) you. Of course, check with their pet parent first to make sure their dog doesn’t have any allergies.
2. Poop Bags
Yeah, we made this #2 (we’re mature like that). It’s smart to BYO-poop-bags just in case their pet parent runs out.
3. Lint Roller
It’s much easier than throwing away your black clothes.
4. Tennis Shoes
So you can enjoy long walks on the beach (or around the neighborhood).
5. A Collapsible Water Bowl and Dog Water Bottle
On hot days, dogs can quickly dehydrate. Luckily, it’s easy to bring hydration anywhere.
Check with the pet parent to see what kinds of toys their dog likes but won’t destroy in 30 seconds (it can be a fine balance). You can even bring along the dog’s own toy from home—just make sure to take it out of your bag before the end of the stay.
7. Pillow and Blanket
If you have trouble sleeping in new places, this could help make you more comfortable. Don’t want to pack your whole bed? We get it. Luckily, you can find camping pillows and blankets that are comfortable, compact, and inexpensive.
8. Your Business Cards
Have you ever noticed how many more people on the street want to talk to you if you’re walking a cute dog? If they mention they have a dog too—and it feels natural—you can feel free to give them one of your business cards.
9. A Little Thank-You Gift
At the end of a stay, leave a handwritten thank-you card and a small toy for their dog. It’s a nice gesture that could help you leave a lasting impression.
10. More Poop Bags
It’s just easier this way.
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