There’s nothing more exciting than a road trip. You get to explore new places, listen to good music, try that coffee place you saw on Instagram and if you add your pet to the equation everything gets a lot better. But, do you know what you should pack for them? To ensure a pleasant trip for everyone involved, we’ve put together some tips for helping your pet have a safe trip in the car.

Book pet-friendly accommodations

This is vital when you’re planning your route and destination. Not all hotels accept pets, and even campsites often have restrictions. This may require contacting individual hotels in advance to find out their pet policies, including breed restrictions, rules, and possible fees.

Plan your route

Make sure you schedule enough stops for your pet to have a break so they can stretch their legs and go to the toilet. A 15-minute break every 3 hours is recommended if you have an adult dog that is also toilet trained. For puppies, keep it less than 2 hours. Check your route for dog parks and pet-friendly attractions as well.

Prepare your dog for the trip

If your pet is not used to spending time in the car, or suffer from car sickness, it’s best to feed your pet a few hours before you get in the car. You can also start to prepare your pet a few weeks before the trip by taking it in the car for short trips and increasing the time spent in the car. Before you head out, take a nice, long walk, so their ready to rest and relax for the trip.

ID tag

Sounds silly, we know but you can never be too careful when it comes to your pet is safety. A road trip means unexpected stops, new places and people so it is important that your pet carries their ID tag at all times, even in the car, and your contact details are up to date.

Food

Pack enough food for the whole trip and then some more. Don’t forget to bring some of your pet’s favourite treats as well, as you can use the treats to help to settle them down in the car. If possible, take bottled water, this will be better for your dog to drink to prevent stomach discomfort from drinking from sources they aren’t used to.

Toys and Extras  

Bring a few toys or a pillow in the car to give your dog a sense of familiarity on the road. You will also need a portable water and food dish. It’s also a good idea to pack an extra leash and collar.

Grooming on the go

Bring your dog’s brush since grooming your dog on the roads is essential for reducing shedding. Also, if your dog only uses a particular brand of shampoo, don’t forget to pack these since you may not be able to purchase them easily while travelling. Pack some towels as well to easily clean or wipe your dog when he or she gets a bit dirty.

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