If you have a furry friend, you are likely to travel with them from time to time. Whether you have a dog or cat, or perhaps another type of pet, knowing what to pack is essential to having an enjoyable trip. Below are a few tips to ensure you bring what is needed without going overboard and make sure your pet has everything needed for a nice getaway.
Food and Water
Of course, your pet is going to need food for the trip as well as water. Make sure you bring their food bowl and include a bag of food and a gallon or so of water. The amount of food and water you need will really be dependent on how far away you are traveling. It is important to take breaks and provide you pet with water when you can, especially if the weather is hot. Think about how long you will be gone to ensure you pack the right amount of nutrition for your pet.
Favorite Bedding and Toys
It is also important to bring a bed if possible and your pet’s favorite toys. If you are staying at a pet friendly hotel, they might offer you a bed for your pet. However, your furry friend might feel more comfortable with their own bedding. You can easily use full color printed bags to organize the bedding and toys so that packing is a breeze. If your pet decides they want to sleep on the floor even with you, that’s okay, at least you have the items if they want to cozy up with something familiar.
Leash and Collar
As you travel by vehicle or once you arrive to your destination via airplane, you will need to take your pet for a walk. Dogs need to stretch out and use the bathroom on a regular basis. Be sure to pack their leash and collar so you can easily take them out when needed. This is important in heavy traffic areas as you do not want to unleash you pet and they wander off.
Remember to pack your pet’s favorite treats as well. They will want to be rewarded from time to time and the treats will provide a sense of home. Also, shop around while out of town. You may find a pet shop that offers specialty treats and you can reward your pet with something new.
If your pet takes regular medication, be sure to bring it on the trip. Your pet will need this medication to feel good on the journey. Be sure you have enough of the medication to last while you are away. If not, have the medicine filled by the vet’s office before you leave.
If you follow these tips, you are sure to have an enjoyable stay. Packing the best travel gear for cats and dogs ensures that your journey will be successful and not stressful. Make a list today so that you can begin checking off what you need to pack before your next big adventure with your pet!