You might have your packing list down to a science, but when you’re traveling with your pet, you’ll need a few extra things! Whether you’re taking your furry friend to the beach, the mountains, or to a city excursion, here are a few things to make sure to add to your bag for your best bud.
Safety Items for Travel
If you’re taking a road trip to your destination, make sure to keep your pet as well as yourself safe during your trip. In the event of a car accident, not only will your unsecured pet potentially get injured, but it could become a projectile and hurt human passengers as well. Loose pets can also become a hazard to the driver by climbing into your lap or causing a distraction. You can find pet seatbelts for just a few dollars, or put your pet in their crate and secure it with a seatbelt. Plan ahead to keep you and your pet safe during your drive. If you’re flying with your pet, check with your airline ahead of time to make sure your carrier is approved and safe for your animal.
Travel Food and Water Dishes
Most pet supply stores carry travel food and water dishes for pets in various sizes. These are often made of silicone and collapse flat for easy packing. This will keep your pet hydrated during your journey.
If you usually forego a collar for your pet, make sure you plan ahead to secure identification to your animal before traveling. If your pet gets away from you in an unfamiliar area, they might have a hard time finding you again. For that reason, it’s best to have a tag secured to their collar or harness with their name as well as your phone number. Be sure to leave your pet’s collar or harness on them at all times when you are away from home.
If your pet has any special needs regarding medication or physical limitations, consider getting a copy of their records from your veterinarian before traveling. That way, if you have an unforeseen incident while far from home, you’ll be able to provide a vet or emergency service all the information they need.
Don’t forget your furry best friend’s necessities! Make sure you have plenty of the food they are used to, waste bags or litter, something for them to chew, and any necessary grooming equipment. The last thing you want to do is have to run around looking for a pet store on vacation because you forgot something your pet has to have.
If you’re renting accommodations, plan ahead by bringing paper towels, carpet cleaner, or any other items you may need to clean up after your pet.