Traveling with your pet is a great thing. In addition to seeing new sights together, you do not have to worry about how your furry friend is doing in the care of a boarding facility or neighbor while you are not around. Pets typically love to travel with their people too, although extended travel can be tough on them. Next time you are headed out on a trip, remember to pack these five things for your favorite furry friend:
- Collapsible Food and Water Bowls
If you have ever been on a road trip with your dog, you know that trying to get him or her to drink water out of a used coffee cup is a difficult experience for everyone involved. Fortunately, there are a variety of fully collapsible food and water bowls on the market today. These bowls can be made of high-density rubber or canvas and often collapse down into a size that is small enough to fit in a pocket.
- Special Crate, Dog Seat or Harness
It is not safe or relaxing for animals to travel loose in a car, and if you are planning to travel by airplane, chances are that the law will require your pet to be contained. For this reason, each pet that is going on the trip should have its own specially designated crate, pet seat or harness. In addition to keeping your furry loved ones safe in the event of an accident or unforeseen impact, a crate or harness also provides your pet with a safe, familiar space that can help keep them calmer as their surroundings change, much like a safety blanket for a baby or even a favorite sweater for an adult.
Each animal has its favorite toy and bringing it along on vacation will help soothe your pet and keep him or her from becoming bored. This is especially important for dogs. Treat-dispensing toys are a wonderful idea and can help give your pet something to focus on during long car or airplane rides. Additionally, bringing a favorite toy along for the journey can remind your pet of happy memories of home, even in new settings.
Pets need to be comfortable too! Next time you head out for vacation with your pet, do not forget to bring the animal’s bed. Although the beds you use at home may be bulky or difficult to transport, many specially designed travel beds can roll or fold up into a small package. Ideal for travel and extended stays in strange locations, a comfortable bed can help your pet ease into the new surroundings.
Being in a new setting can cause anxiety in pets, which may increase the chances of the animal running off or getting lost. It is therefore especially important to include proper identification on your list of important travel items. Opt for a collar with your name and phone number engraved or stitched into the body, or a high-visibility harness with a durable tag. Ensuring that your pet has proper identification helps decrease the chances of being separated if the frightened animal does wander off or get lost.
Traveling with your pet is a fun and rewarding experience, and now you can help make it as comfortable as possible for your furry friend by remembering to pack these five essential items. In addition to making your trip safer for your pet, these simple items also help to make your pet feel right at home, no matter where you are.