Molly and Riley travel all over the country with me. From Texas to Florida to Michigan and Colorado. They have been to 30 states in America so far, and we will be adding 10 more by years end. I figured it was time to share some pet friendly road tripping tips with you, learn from our numerous trips what to do and what not to do.
Create a Safe Environment
Car Seats are great for keeping your pet safe in the car. We hope you never get in a car accident, but if you do, you want to make sure your fur-baby is safely secured. There are quite a few choices to choose from, I love the bucket cars seats for my little girls.
Harnesses Are Great For Safety
Harnesses make it easier to secure your pets to their car seats. They are also more comfortable for your pet when you are walking them during potty breaks. You don’t want them choking themselves because they are excited about new locations.
A great resource for collars and leashes – Dog Collars Boutique
Leashes Are Very Important, For Safety, And For Control
Always keep your pup on a leash when you are in a public area. There are many to choose from, my girls use a standard leash, but extending leashes are great too.
Keep Your Pets Calm On The Road
Miss Molly has seizures and I have found that CBD Oil is a great choice for her. It keeps her calm when on the road and in new places. She isn’t a skittish or shy girl, she just takes a little longer to adjust to new things and places we haven’t been to yet.
Another great choice are Tru Dog Calming Chews. My girls love the taste of them, and they work great tin keeping them calm.
Food and Treats For Your Pup
My girls sleep in their car seats while the car is moving. But once that car stops, they are ready for a treat. Be sure to have treats readily available to hand to them when you stop.
Lots of toys, that is the key. Be sure they are toys they like, but also have a few new toys for them to get excited about. I suggest having a couple interactive toys, they are great for when you get to the hotel.
Getting your pup groomed before you hit the road is a great idea. They are all nice and clean, their nails are trimmed, which is definitely more comfortable for them. And be sure to have their teeth brushed.
Pet Friendly Hotels
I love the Homewood Suites, Home 2 Suites and Residence Inn Hotel lines. There are so many hotels out there to stay at that are pet friendly. Space is important to me. I want the girls to have room to stretch out and be comfortable. Be sure to check out the SURVEY that was done by the Hilton brand hotels.
Some of my favorite pet friendly hotels are these:
- Hilton Brand Hotels like Home 2
- Marriott Hotels Like Residence Inn
- Red Roof Inn
Pet Friendly Restaurants
There are so many restaurants that cater to your furry friend. Be sure to check the local restaurants where you are staying, as they are all individually owned.
- Starbucks has a Pupaccino.
- Dairy Queen gives them a Pup Cup, which is ice cream with chick in it.
- In n Out Burger has a burger for the pups.
- Culver’s gives them a cup of ice cream with a treat in it.
- Sonic will give them a yummy treat.
- Another great tip is to check out Bringfido.com for a list of pet friendly restaurants in the area you will be staying.
The Girls Were Excited To Go In
Pet Friendly Road Tripping Tips For Attractions
Check the local attractions that you will be going to. Places like Busch Gardens has a kennel on site and for only $10, your pup will be very well taken care of while you enjoy the amusement park.
Local Dog Parks
Be sure to stop often when you are on the road. It’s great for you and for your pups. Check online to see if there are local dog parks to go to while you are on the road. It’s a safe environment to let the pups out to run around and stretch thier legs. It’s also a great way for you to relax and have a picnic lunch for you and the pups.
First Aid Kits When On The Road
Things happen, you never know when your fur-baby will get a boo boo. Riley got really sick on when we were on one of our road trips. Since then, I always carry a first aid kit with me when I am on the road. Here is a list of items I usually have on hand.
- Baby Benedryl
- CBD Oil
Always consult your veterinarian before you start road tripping with your pet, they are a great resource for travel tips. And if you are on the road, you can ask around or google for a local vet. Molly had her first seizure when we were on the road. We found a wonderful vet that set us at ease until we were able to consult our regular vet.
A great resource for first aid supplies is Pet Medic USA.
Potty Breaks For The Human
Stopping for your own potty break can get a little hard when you are on the road with your pups. I don’t like leaving the girls in the car for any reason, and when the temperatures are over 70 degrees, you never want to leave your pups in the car alone. A few places that are pet friendly and have bathrooms are:
- Home Depot
- Hobby Lobby
- Rest Areas on The Road
More Pet Friendly Road Tripping Tips
There are so many Pet friendly travel tips and ideas to share. I will have a monthly Pet Friendly post for you to check out, so be sure to come back and see what’s new in our travels.