If you plan a summer or fall road trip with your pets, you know you need to do more to ready your pet than simply toss Max or Fluffy into the backseat. It takes a little preparation.
First, you’ll want to establish that your destination is pet-friendly—there’s nothing like showing up at your hotel 7 hours later with Max in tow to be told there are no more pet friendly rooms.
Of course, you’ll also need a few other items as well. Here’s a list of travel necessities:
1—Restraint – Just as you use your seat belt when in the car, your pets should be secured. This prevents them from becoming projectiles if you are in an accident.
There are many options available today from harnesses that work similar to seat belts to traditional pet carriers. Which is best for your pet? It’ll depend on factors like your pet’s temperament and comfort level with riding in the car—and, how much space you have. If your car will be full of kids and luggage, putting Fluffy in a carrier may be your best option.
2—Food/Water/Dishes – Be sure to pack enough food for the trip and bring a water supply for your pet. You’ll need dishes too. If you make a pit stop and realize you don’t have a water bowl, it can make for a little unnecessary complexity. Collapsible travel bowls pack well.
3—Comforting Items – Even if your pets are good travelers, they will feel more content with familiar items such as their favorite toy, or an old towel or shirt that smells like home.
4—Cleaning Supplies/Alternate Carrier – Some pets are nervous travelers and may have an accident in their carrier. If this happens, you can minimize your pet’s discomfort by pulling over and cleaning out the carrier or swapping it for an alternate one.
5—Favorite Treats –Your pets already appreciate their favorite treats. They’ll be very happy that you remembered to bring them!