A fun road trip with your furry little friend can be one of the memorable times of your life. These trips can help you bond better with your pets, and unwind without worrying about their safety, meal times, etc. Thousands of individuals in the country head out on long trips across interstate highways to explore scenic locations with their pets. So if you are planning to take your fur baby on a similar journey across the country, these five tips for a pet-friendly road trip will make it all the more easier.
- Consult your vet
It is important to make sure that your pet is healthy enough to travel on a long road trip. Consult a vet to make sure if your pet has been thoroughly vaccinated. Refill all medications for fleas, ticks, and other health conditions to ensure they are hale and hearty throughout the journey. Some vets also suggest getting pets microchipped so that you can track them in case they wander off or get separated accidentally.
- Make your vehicle pet-friendly
Now that your furry friend is all set to travel, you need to make sure that they feel comfortable throughout the road trip. So apart from tuning up your vehicle, make sure that you have housed all your pet’s crates, carriers, and their favorite blanket, to make them feel at home even in the car. Carry car harnesses in case the pet becomes restless and distracts you from driving.
- Create a checklist
Once all the absolute essentials are in the car, make sure you have all your pet’s belongings to keep them satiated, occupied, and comfortable throughout the road trip. A checklist can help you gather all the belongings. Some of the things in the checklist can include medications, drinking water, pet food and treats, eating and drinking bowls, waste bags, litter box (for cats), your pet’s bed and toys, leash, and first aid kit.
- Play with your pet before the trip
Pets, specifically dogs, can get restless and anxious while traveling in cars. Long road trips can only worsen their condition. So, let the pooches vent off a little steam before setting off for the day. A long walk, playing fetch at the dog park, or a pampering session at dog spa can help them relax and rest comfortably during the journey. Taking bathroom breaks between the trips can also help them feel at ease during the road trip.
- Book pet-friendly accommodation
This seems to be a no brainer when traveling with your pet. However, some pet-friendly accommodations do not have enough amenities and can make it uncomfortable for your fur baby, thereby ruining your whole experience. Look for pet-friendly accommodations that have amenities such as pet beds and bowls, pet room service, spas, pet-friendly menus, and pet sitting services. Select a location that is close to nature or has nature spots aplenty so that you can go for a stroll with them, opt for a more adventurous hiking trail, or even laze around and play fetch at the beach.