Have plans for travelling with pets anytime soon? Then you need to sit up and pay attention. Pets aren’t just grab and go items when it comes to road trips. Just like you prepare and plan a family holiday well in advance, there are a few basics you need to do before hitting the road with your family pet. Here’s what you need to know:
Tips for travelling with pets
Get the check-up done
Take your pet t the vet and make sure they are fit for travelling. You also want to ensure that their vaccinations are up to date and that you have a copy of their medical records on hand.
Prepare your pet for what’s to come
Before you actually embark on your journey, it’s advisable to start taking your pet on shorter drives so they can get used to being in a car. Gradually increase the drive times so that your pet won’t freak out once you hit the open road.
Carefully plan your route
When travelling with pets, you’ll need to make frequent stops so your pet can stretch their legs. Nature will also be calling quite often so make sure you set out a route with a lot of safe and secure areas to stop along the way.
Pack your pet’s bag
If you’re travelling to a colder destination, pack blankets and a doggy jacket for your pet. You also need to include some toys and enough food to cover double the length of your planned stay. For the road, you need a collapsible water bowl, poop bags, a scoop and a leash.
Deck out the car
You have to prepare your car for what’s to come by slipping on some seat covers. You might also want to consider installing a harness or carrier to keep your pet safe while you’re on the road.
Never leave your pet in the car
Always take your pet on a leash when you walk around outside of the car at rest stops. Pets are easily spooked and will freak out if you leave them in the car unattended. Also, it’s just not a nice thing to do, so don’t leave them in there by themselves.
Don’t break the routine
Just like kids, pets love and thrive on routine. To help keep anxiety levels down in an unfamiliar environment, be sure to stick to feeding times and walks the way they happen back home.