Pets get a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to travel. After all, they’re just as excited to explore new places as you are, they just aren’t the best at containing themselves. However, this shouldn’t be a reason for you not to take your loved one on vacation with you.
To get you started, below are our top tips for a traveling with pets.
Your First Destination
The first place that you are going to want to visit is the vet. For many pets, long travel can take a heavy toll, so it’s important to make sure that your little family addition is up to the journey. In addition to this, be sure that your pet is up to date with their shots and treatments. This is particularly important if you are traveling into areas with long grass.
Pack for Your Pets
Just as you pack snacks, entertainment, and anything else you need for the journey for yourself, also pack a small travel bag for your pet. Inside, put some food and drink for them, along with one or two of their favorite toys to make them feel more comfortable on the journey. A great idea is to keep a bag of treats closeby in the event they become a little restless.
Protect your car
On the subject of comfort, for your dog’s comfort and your own stress-free life, visit the Groupon Coupons page for Lord and Taylor and pick up a quilted back seat protector. These items not only provide a comfortable space for your pet to rest, but they also protect your car from becoming covered in pet hair and your seats from being punctured by the talons of a nervous pet.
Seat Belts all Around
Of course, it is also important to remember that you can’t simply strap a pet into a regular car seat. Make sure that you use a travel designed harness on your pet that has been designed to connect to a regular car seat. Not only will this help protect them in the event of an accident but it can help to keep them calm if they become nervous as you drive.
Just as you need to stop to take breaks for the bathroom and to exercise, so too does your pet. In fact, there is a good chance that they will need to stop more than you. For this reason, plan to take more stops than regular and adjust your arrival time to accommodate this. After all, a road trip with your pet is all about the journey, so be sure to get out and have a play with your pet along the way.
As you can see from these tips, there is very little reason why you can’t enjoy a vacation with your pet. The next time that you are considering taking a family holiday, keep these ideas in mind and remember that your pet wants to do the right thing so enjoy adventures with you, so be patient as you travel together.