Travel makes the best vacation, and traveling alone with your pet gives you a special time to bond. With these tips you will be prepared so that you and your furry friend can travel to enjoy the trip!
The excitement of choosing a destination, packing your car and hitting the open road with your best friend is exciting! But traveling alone with a pet requires additional preparation.
Whether your travel friend is a dog, cat, hamster or bunny, you will need to plan ahead. Where will you eat? Are there places where your pet can accompany you to the toilet? What happens to your pet if you get sick or injured? These tips will help you get all your ducks in a row!
Tips for traveling alone with a pet
1. Plan your route
Once you have decided on a destination, the next step is to plan your course. The GoPetFriendly.com travel planner is a great place to start, allowing you to map the route and identify accommodations, restaurants, attractions and dog parks suitable for pets.
Then determine the number of miles you want to travel per day. The distance you are comfortable traveling depends on how many stops you want to make along your route, as well as your driving style. If you enjoy walking and sightseeing, traveling 100 miles may be far enough each day. If you have a greater intention of reaching your destination, you can drive 400 miles or more.
Using the smartphone app, check your driving time and mark any road construction you may encounter. Then mark the places where you plan to spend the night.
2. Make reservations
If your trip includes accommodation, do not leave your accommodation by accident. You don’t want to enter a hotel after a long day behind the wheel to find that they are fully booked.
And, just before you start your trip, call again to confirm their pet policy and your reservations. Inserting your pet in a hotel that is not suitable for pets is not worth the risk when traveling alone.
READ MORE ⇒ Questions to ask BEFORE booking a pet hotel
3. Share your route and stay connected
Once your plans are square, be sure to share them with a friend or family member. Give them the planned route and telephone numbers of the places where you will stay.
During your trip, be sure to keep in touch with at least one person. Let them know where you are and if you need to make any adjustments to your route or schedule.
4. Invest in roadside assistance
Before your trip, complete the routine maintenance of your car. And consider signing up for a roadside assistance plan. If you have a flat tire or lock the keys in the car, it is better to have a reliable help that you can call anywhere in the country.
5. Prepare your friend for the trip
To keep you both safe, your pets should always be restrained while driving. Trying to argue with Fido while he’s jumping in the front seat or catching Pooh while she’s moving through the armature is too dangerous when you’re driving.
Attaching your pet to a seat belt or seat belt will also protect them in a car accident and prevent them from slipping through an open door when your back is turned.
Every time your pet is in the car, you will also want to have some basic things together. Always carry your pet’s current vaccination records, a first aid kit, a waterproof bowl and plenty of water, as well as a toy or chew for fun.
READ MORE ⇒ Packing a night bag for your dog or what to pack when traveling with your cat
6. Publish your emergency instructions
Write down your emergency instructions, make a copy, and place them in envelopes labeled “Emergency.” Include your pet’s vaccination information, the name and phone number of his or her veterinarian, and the contact information of the person you want to care for. Stick one envelope on your dashboard and keep the other in your bag so you can carry it with you when you’re not in the car.
If something needs to happen to you, the first responders will be able to follow your instructions to take care of your pet until you recover.
If you use a digital identification tag for your pet, you can also include these emergency instructions in his or her profile so that it can be easily accessed by anyone caring for him or her.
7. Breaks in the toilet
The biggest challenge that most people travel alone with a pet face is what to do with toilet breaks. Renting an RV or camper with a bath solves this problem! But if this is not an option, try to stop at places that will allow you to take your pet with you to the toilet:
Pet retailers such as Petco, Petsmart and independent pet stores Veterinary offices Many retailers such as ACE Hardware, Hobby Lobby, Home Depot, Home Goods, Lowes and TJ Maxx are pets and have public toilets. Just be sure to ask before you put your pet inside!
8. Where to eat?
Packing food from home is one way to get something tasty to eat on the go. But stopping for lunch or dinner (or both!) Is a good way to take a break from the road and experience the local dining scene.
Find restaurants with places for pets using GoPetFriendly.com, or call the queue and find a nearby picnic park with your puppy.
9. Leaving your pet in the car
You may need to leave your pet alone in the car for a few minutes to use the toilet or take food. If so, these steps will ensure that your pet is safe and comfortable:
Park in the shade. Apply sunscreen through the windshield to block sunlight and make it difficult for passers-by to see inside the car. Use a waterproof bowl and give your pet access to plenty of fresh water. If the weather is warm, use a cooling mat to provide your pet with a comfortable place to lay. Keeping the mat in the fridge with a little ice while you need it will make it even cooler for dogs and cats with heavy coats. You can also use a portable travel fan to increase circulation in the car. If you are worried that your pet may be stolen from your car, place it in a pet basket or folding box with a door lock. is hot or cold enough to endanger your pet’s health, carry an extra key, or use a remote start system to let the car run on air conditioning or heating while the car is locked. Always set your parking brake and turn on the child locks on the windows when leaving your pet in a running vehicle! Note: Leaving an operating vehicle unattended may violate the law in some jurisdictions. However, for the 3-5 minutes required to use the toilet and return to the car, I give priority to my dog’s safety before receiving a ticket. Each time you leave your pet alone in the car, set the alarm on your phone for 10 minutes and make sure you are back in the car before the alarm goes off. Put a note on your dashboard or in a window that says, “I use the toilet inside. The car works with air conditioning (or heating). If you think my pet is in trouble, please call my mobile phone at 000-000-0000. ”
READ MORE ⇒ Where is it illegal to leave a pet alone in the car?
10. Stick to the schedule
When traveling alone with a pet, sticking to a normal schedule will help reduce any anxiety he may experience. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you of his diet, bath and exercise, and plan to stop and smell the roses.
11. Be smart and trust your instincts
Safely returning home is the most important part of any trip and there are a few easy steps you can take to make sure it happens. Keep your doors locked while driving and always be aware of your surroundings. Choose stops that are crowded and well lit, and trust your gut. If something feels unstable, get back in your car and leave.
To avoid attracting the wrong kind of attention, dress casually, leave expensive jewelry at home and exchange your fancy bag or money belt. It is also a good idea to keep the cash you carry in several places.
The first time you do something, it can seem daunting, and traveling alone with a pet is no exception. Share your best tips for independent travel in the comments below. You can just encourage someone else to try!
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