For most pet parents, traveling is incomplete without their fur babies. We do it occasionally with our dogs and they enjoy it! Whatever makes them happy, makes us happy too. However, we always make sure that we do some extra planning first before we travel. It helps make the entire trip worry-free. Before you go on an epic road trip with your pets, consider the following tips:
1. Prep your pets
A few days before the trip, take a quick drive to see how they respond. If you think that they feel fine, then you’re ready to go. If you think that they feel something else, maybe nauseated, then you might want to consider going to your vet (which leads us to the next advice)
2. Consult your pets’ veterinarian before going on a trip
This is a must if your pets have historical health problems. One of our dogs (Cruiser) has a history of stomach problems, diarrhea in particular. We always wait for the go signal from her vet before we go on a road trip.
3. Bring pet travel essentials
The list includes:
- Wet wipes/towels
- Bed & blankets
- Favorite toys
- Crate/Play pen
- Poop bag
- Clean Water
- Water bowl
- Pet seat cover for your car
There are others that I might have missed, but above are basically the travel essentials we bring when we go out of town with our pets.
4. Book a pet-friendly resort & hotel, inn or homestay
You can check out Tripadvisor to see if there are pet-friendly resorts, hotels, inns or homestays in your destination. The website usually makes an updated list every now and then. On our recent trips to Batangas & Baler, we found the perfect destinations for our dogs. If you plan to visit Batangas with your pets, we suggest going to Acuaverde Beach Resort & Hotel in Laiya. It’s just one of the few resorts that are pet-friendly in the area. In Baler Aurora, Costa Pacifica Resort is the perfect beach resort for you and your pets. You’ll get to swim with them too!
5. Keep them hydrated
Make some stops on your trip for water breaks. This will keep your pets hydrated and comfortable during the trip. They can also have bathroom breaks during those stops.
6. Bring enough food for the trip
Make sure you bring enough food for your pets. We usually get the food ready using separate containers for every meal so we don’t have to prepare during the trip.
7. Put a name tag with your address and contact number to your pets’ collar
This is just in case your pet has decided to take a walk somewhere far. The tag will help people identify your pet easily.
8. Bring all your pets’ medical records
This includes vaccination history, surgery records, latest hospital visit records, recent medical tests and prescriptions. This will give you and the vet information about your pets’ medical history in case of a medical emergency during your trip.
9. Search for nearby veterinary hospitals in your destination
Again, this is in case of a medical emergency. It’s a good thing that you have a list of nearby vet hospitals in your destination.
10. Do not leave your pets alone in a parked vehicle
This is a must. If you have decided to park somewhere and take a break outside the car during your trip, make sure you bring your pets along or at least someone should stay behind.
Finally, document every moment with your pets. Take photos and videos. We’ve recently started this blog where we share our adventures in the Philippines with our fur babies. This is our way of encouraging other people to travel with their pets and of course, see the Philippines first.