It is time to get out of town and take a well-deserved vacation. But wait, you have a dog. What will you do with your furry companion while you are gone?
Boarding a dog is expensive, and you may not trust anyone to care for your fur baby while you are away. So, the only option is to bring your companion along. But before you leave ensure you are prepared by reviewing a few tips on how to road trip with a pet.
1. Invest in a Crate or Pet Car Seat
Pets are family, and that is why you need to make sure they are safe while in the car. Investing in a crate or a pet booster car seat is a great idea to help keep your fur babies secure. This means your pet won’t have to slide when you slam on the breaks or won’t be able to run around, distracting you while you drive.
2. Pack a Pet Travel Bag
Packing for a trip is stressful. You have a lot to pack, and you probably wait until the last second to throw everything in the bag and walk out the door. You might forget that your pet needs a bag too. Amazon has a lot of options for pet travel bags that can hold food, collapsible bowls, toys, blankets, and more. They keep everything your pet will need in one organized location, making your life a little easier.
3. Buy a Pet ID Tag
Make sure to take a trip to your local Petco or PetSmart to buy your favorite fur baby an ID tag if you don’t already have one. The tag should include your pet’s name, your name, your home address, and your cell phone number. Be sure to keep it on your pet’s collar at all times. This will come in handy if your pet runs away at a rest stop or your destination. You can never be too careful!
4. Check That Your Destination Is Pet Friendly
A great way to ruin a trip is to get to your destination and realize they don’t allow pets. Be sure to check hotel pet policies before booking your room. This may seem like an obvious thing to check, but if you are planning a whole vacation, this detail may slip your mind.
5. Never Leave Your Pet Unattended
Texas is HOT! Being trapped in a hot car is not good for humans or pets. Make sure to take turns going to the restroom at rest stops and eating meals in the car. This way, you won’t have to worry about your pet overheating or someone breaking your car window to save them. That is not a great way to start any vacation.
During the winter, you might think it is okay to leave your pet in the car because it isn’t hot. But if it is too cold outside, your pet could freeze. You wouldn’t make you or your kid sit in the freezing car alone. So why leave your pet?
These tips will help make your trip with your pet much smoother. Now, it is time to pack your bags and hit the road with your family. Let us know how it goes by commenting down below.