A road trip is an exciting way of spending your vacation days. If you have pets, you will usually have to find a place for them to stay while you are away, but a road trip can become a lot more fun if you bring your pets along. If the road trip is a family getaway, having the pets will make it more wholesome. If you’re travelling alone, your pet can become your travel companion. You can enjoy sights from around the world with them on your pet-friendly road trip.
If you’re considering taking your pets along for the ride, you’ll have to plan and pack for their needs and comfort. Here are some tips to help you plan for the perfect pet-friendly road trip.
One of the first things you need to consider when planning a trip with your pet is their comfort. You should start with considering if your pet is comfortable with being in a vehicle for long hours. If your pet gets anxious or agitated in a car often, a road trip might not be the best vacation idea. You should also keep an eye out to see if your pet gets motion sickness and do something to make their journey better. Consult a vet before beginning the trip and follow their suggestions.
The next thing you should plan for is their food and water requirements. Make sure you have sufficient dog food, holistic cat food, or any other pet food, along with your pet’s favourite treats. Do the research to also locate some stores along the route that carry the pet food you prefer. Pets should be given water regularly. A fed and hydrated pet won’t cause many problems.
You don’t want the pets jumping around in the vehicle when on the road. They need to be secured in one place for their safety and the driver’s safety. You can either make use of a harness or a carrier. Both should be checked for travel safety. The carriers should be sturdy and stay in one place to ensure that it doesn’t jump around on a bumpy road or when the car brakes.
If you’re travelling with a dog who likes to stick their head out of the window, keep an eye on them. There might be some stretches of the road where pebbles, dust or other debris might harm them. It would be best to close the windows on such stretches.
If you plan on stopping and staying in an accommodation along the way, make sure that you book a place that allows pets. Many accommodations might not allow pets or might allow some pets but deny others entry. It’s better to know before arriving than to not be able to find suitable accommodation when already on the road.
The main takeaway is that it is important to plan ahead and be prepared. Travelling with pets is only fun if they’re also in the best of moods. There are many destinations that are known to be pet friendly and different routes you can take for the ultimate pet friendly road trip.