Guide To Planning A Pet-Friendly Road Trip

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If you aren’t ready to travel internationally yet, or if borders are still locked down, a road trip is a great option to satisfy the travel bug in you. Try planning a road trip with your furry friend in mind, while international travel with pets remains a bit more complicated these days. A domestic road trip won’t require quarantining your pet and you likely won’t run into any restrictions as far as crossing state borders!

Plan Your Route

How to travel with pets during COVID may seem like a daunting task, but a road trip can take a lot of stress out of it. Planning can begin with your starting point and final destination, checking out the suggested routes, and then planning the general stops in between. There are several recommended road trips out there to take with your dog, for example, because the routes offer pet-friendly hikes, camps, and restaurants. It doesn’t take too much digging to find them!

Get Your Car Ready

Keeping our pets safe is the number one priority, and that includes while in the car. The best way to keep your dog calm in the car is to make the trip comfortable and safe with some of his favorite things. A good crate is always a safe choice to keep your pet secure, but if you want Fido to hang out in the back seat, a harness will keep him safe while you drive. Backseat hammocks provide extra protection in case you have to hit the brakes and will keep your pet in the back during sudden stops.

Get Supplies

Ok, not just snacks, but make sure you have some key necessities to make the ride more comfortable. You’re not the only one who will need water and snacks! In addition to food and water, it’s a good idea to have a physical or digital copy of your pet’s medical records in case you have to make an unplanned visit to the vet. You’ll also need the usual accessories of a leash, collar, and waste bags. A dedicated towel for your pet could also come in handy, while a blanket and toy will provide some comfort while in the car.

Get Your Pet Ready

Preparing your dog for a road trip is just as important as doing the same for another pet. You can even take a short trip with your pet fish if you want! Since your dog will be sitting in the car for long periods of time, make sure he gets plenty of activity before your start your trip. A bone is also a great way to keep him occupied and wear him out. Getting your cat warmed up to the idea of traveling could take some more time, so make sure you get them used to the new surroundings and being in the crate. A harness and retractable leash could also be useful for a cat so they can get outside and stretch their legs without running away.

Remember, traveling with pets during COVID may require an extra bit of planning, but traveling with your pet by your side will make the effort worthwhile! Give yourself and your pet some time to get ready for a road trip and you’ll have an unforgettable experience.

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