Festive Pet Travel Guide: As this joyous season approaches, we’re all planning our holidays with excitement and enthusiasm.
What to pack, planning the route and thinking about the ever-important road trip snacks (biltong, anyone?).
If you’re planning on taking your furry family members with you, then you’ll need to put some extra thought and time into how to make the road trip more enjoyable for all the different species of passengers in the car.
This is why we’ve put together a simple, yet informative, Festive Pet Travel Guide for you. From snacks to safety, we’ll ensure that your pets travel in comfort and your journey is ultimately enjoyable.
Yes, you do need to plan how to optimise your road trip when travelling with your pets (trust us on this one)
Travelling with your pet can be a little (a lot) stressful if you aren’t prepared. There might be things you forget or that you didn’t even think of.
Your pet might not love travelling and could be difficult to deal with.
Not to mention how distracting they can be while you’re driving, which can cause risks to both your safety and all the other passengers in the car.
With this Festive Pet Travel Guide, you’ll travel with your furry family member safely, calmy (well, there’s only so much an informative guide can do, but here’s to hoping) and happily.
Let’s dive in, or should we say, drive right in.
How do pets handle being in the car?
Some pets can’t wait to jump in the car (definitely more likely to be the dogs) and then there are others who are simply terrified.
If your pet isn’t comfortable in the car, start with shorter drives before your trip. Put your pet in the car for a trip around the block a few times a week and slowly extend the distance each time.
If you’ve got a pet that tends to get a little car sick, chat to your vet about what you could give your pet to make them comfortable.
Keep them safe and secure
Just like humans, your pets need to be secure while travelling. It’s definitely not a good idea to let your pets roam freely while you’re driving.
You never know what could happen and you don’t want to run the risk of causing an accident, even if Bruno does give you those puppy eyes and wants to sit on your lap. In this instance, it’s a big NO.
Our best recommendation is to invest in a crate or a carrier. You can make it comfy for your pet with a blanket and some toys, or something to snack on. We’ve got some great options and a wide variety for both cats and dogs that we suggest you have a look at.
It’s also vital to make sure your pet has a collar with your updated information on their tags or a microchip in case they get lost in unfamiliar places where you might stop for a mid-trip toilet break or at your holiday destination.
Plan and pack all pet supplies in advance
Create a list of all the goodies your pet is going to need to travel well and have a great holiday with you. Here’s a list of a few necessities:
- Pet food
- Ample supply of fresh water
- A leash
- Comfortable bedding
- Calming products
- Training mats for accidents
- A crate or a carrier
- Foldable bowls for travel-friendly feeding times
- Fun toys to chew on or plush toys that keep them entertained
Be prepared for pet emergencies on the road
It’s always better to be safe than sorry. You never know when your pet could get stung by a bee while on a bathroom break or accidentally wander too far into a busy parking lot.
Medical problems and injuries are not fun to deal with, but you can be prepared by having the following items:
- Pet first aid kit
- Your pet’s medical records
- Your vet’s phone number
- Backup food and water
Plan your route with your pet in mind
A road trip with your pet is not your average road trip. There are additional things you need to keep in mind like letting your pet out for the bathroom, or so they can stretch their legs.
We suggest that if you’re travelling with a puppy, then try to stop every 1 to 2 hours and every 3 to 4 hours if you have an adult.
If the trip is an overnight one, you’ll need to stay somewhere that’s pet-friendly.
Make sure that you keep your pet in mind as you plan your journey. Ensure the stops you plan on making allow for pets or better yet, have a fenced-off area for your pets to roam.
Check out Safari Now’s list of pet friendly accommodation.
There’s no doubt that taking a road trip with your pets is more complicated and requires a little more effort than travelling without them, but it’s well worth it.
After all, your pets will enjoy the adventure of travel as much as you do. Maybe even more!
We hope our Festive Pet Travel Guide has paved the way to easy travels. Enjoy.