Taking part in and preparing for a road trip is tedious as is, but preparing one that involves your dog can be even more complicated and exhausting. You do have to admit, the idea of having your best friend by your side as you explore different towns and cities sounds very appealing. And it really is a great experience! But with it comes great responsibility.
In addition to packing for yourself, you have to pack for your pup as well. Don't worry, we've come up with some hacks to make traveling with your little guy (or girl) a lot easier.
#1. When searching for pet friendly hotels, look for ones that only charge a one time pet fee.
Majority of hotels charge a daily fee and call it a deposit that you don’t get back. Some also charge a cleaning fee.
#2. Get a spill-proof bowl.
Instead of having your pup wait for you to pull over or get gas in order for them to drink some water, get a spill-proof bowl they can use any time they want during the drive.
#3. Most car rental companies are pet friendly but don't return it with dog hair.
Cover the seats with towels or blankets. Dog hair gets EVERYWHERE. Be sure to clean and vacuum the car before you return it so you can avoid the fees.
#4. Keep yourself organized with a doggie car organizer.
You can do this with a toiletry bag! Convert it into a dog car organizer by keeping all your dog’s stuff inside it. It will help speed up rest stops when you’re looking for specific things.
#5. Check the weather.
Be prepared. Bring a raincoat or umbrella and towel for rainy weather and a warm blanket for snow.