Many people think of their pets as members of the family. I know my Lady sure does! They wouldn’t dream of leavin’ their cat or dog at home while they travel. Havin’ a pet along for the ride is not impossible, but it does mean additional preparation for the trip will be necessary. Below, are a few tips that will help make taking pets on family vacations a smoother process!
6 Tips for Taking Pets on Family Vacations
1. Make sure ya book pet-friendly accommodations. Many hotels don’t allow us pets, so be sure to read the fine print before makin’ your reservation. In some places, ya may have to opt for somethin’ other than a hotel like vacation rental homes or cabins will sometimes allow cats and dogs. If ya travel often, an RV may be an option to make travel with your pets easier.
2. Opt for driving to your destination. Airlines have lots of requirements when it comes to flyin’ with animals. They will be placed inside their crate and stored in an area away from you. This may not be an good option for anxious pets – or for owners who don’t like the idea of their furry friends being stashed elsewhere on the plane.
3. Look into kennels located in the area you are travelin’ to – just in case. One may be needed if your cat or dog isn’t takin’ a likin’ to your lodgin’. Before ya run the risk of them damagin’ furniture or carpet, lettin’ em stay elsewhere could be your best option. Kennels allow for em to get played with and loved on each day, which may not be possible if your family has lots of things planned while on vacation.
4. Consider your animal’s behaviors, and whether or not they could handle family travel. Some dogs are perfect angels (like me 🙂 ), ride well, and would never dream of peein’ inside or bitin’ on a sofa leg (I can see my sister Brandi doin’ this). Others, however, don’t do well in new surroundings. If ya think there may be a problem, it’s best to reconsider travelin’ with your family pet.
5. Pack all of your pet’s essentials for the trip. Ya don’t want to get where you’re goin’ only to find out ya can’t find your pets brand of food. Food, snacks, a water bowl, and a couple of toys should be sufficient for the trip.
6. Learn the restrictions of the attractions you will be visitin’ on vacation. Outdoor venues may allow your furry friends to come with you, but most probably won’t. Also, educate yourself about leash laws – or better yet, pack one and use it regardless! It’s better to be safe than sorry – especially when it involves your pet and unfamiliar surroundings.
Have your ever traveled with a pet? What tips do you have when taking a pets on family vacations?