Traveling with your pet by car can be a fun adventure whether taking a day trip or a long road trip. Many hotels allow pets to stay with their owners for an added fee, and there are dog friendly attractions in almost every city. Sometimes packing for a trip can be stressful so we’re sharing these tips for traveling with your pet by car to make your job a little easier.
What to Pack
First consider where your pet will be sitting in your car. Will they have the back to themselves, a small seat in the middle, or ride like royalty in the front passenger seat? If your pet will be in a cage or crate you will need to add a soft bed for them to lay on during the long hours of travel along with toys to keep them busy. Stopping every couple of hours to give your pet water and a potty break is necessary whether they ride in a crate or not during travel. Feeding pets can be done in the evening after travel. Pack food, water, pet dishes, toys, and a bedding change for all pets.
Stopping Along the Way
If you’re planning to sight see during your trip you’ll have to pick attractions that are pet friendly. You can’t leave pets unattended in a car while eating or exploring new places. Plan to bring a leash whether you’re headed to a cafe, park or beach. Consider your pet’s temperament when selecting a destination. Dogs may love jumping in the water at a beach while cats not so much.
Many popular hotel chains are now pet friendly but be sure to research ahead of time and make reservations so you’re not stuck without a room. This is especially important during popular travel times such as summer and holidays. If you don’t plan to bring your pet to a hotel make boarding arrangements before your trip.
Many animals don’t like changes to their daily routines or long car travel. Consider bringing your pet to their veterinarian before you go to get tips or medication for calming their fears. When dogs and cats are nervous they can make enough noise to ruin any family vacation. Some pets even get car sick so it may be helpful to try a few short car rides before heading out on a longer road trip.
The most important thing to remember when traveling is that your pet needs to have some comforts of home and extra care while traveling. Bring familiar toys and bedding, take breaks along the way, and you and your pet will both be happy during your travels.
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