We love our family pet, Copper. He was adopted from a rescue group and it has been true love ever since. We also enjoy taking him on our family road trips. Below are a few travel tips for when your furry family member goes along for the ride.
Spontaneity becomes tougher to achieve when your family grows with children and furry children alike. Similarly, your road trip needs to be well prepared for your pet as for your child. Make sure to bring a copy of all of the medical records, shots history, and microchip information. Just as important, make sure to pack or have prescriptions, heartworm prevention, and other medications prepared for the minimum travel length plus 1 week. It is always better to prepare for the worst case than to run out or not have access to information or supplies while out of town.
The longer the road trip, the more distractions that are necessary. Pack extra bones, new toys, favorite bedding, or introduce a new chew toy. If you are headed to a cooler climate, make sure to pack extra blankets or heavier clothing that your pet might need. It is also helpful to pre-pack water bottles for your pet as well as pre-measured food for pit stops. Keep leashes, travel bowls, food, and water close in case you need to access it quickly.
SCHEDULE YOUR STOPS
You and your pet need to stop and stretch. Preparing for these stops will help refresh your body as well as your pet. For a more scenic option, rest areas are usually great for walking and having some extra space to move around. When in need of refueling, look for a station that has some greenery if possible. Your pet will appreciate an opportunity to take in the new scene and smells as well as taking care of business. Most restaurants are not pet friendly, so plan to use the drive thru. A healthy compromise would be to pick up food and enjoy outdoors or mini picnic at a rest area. Lastly, do your homework on hotels that accept pets. If your trip will take you several days and nights to complete, make sure to find hotels along your route that you can rest over night with your pet. Everyone can enjoy the family vacation so make sure to take all the needs of your pet into consideration.