Taking a cross country road trip with pets might sound intimidating. But we’ve zigzagged America several times with Ty and Buster and learned a few lessons along the way.
If you’re planning a long road trip with your pets, these tips will boost your confidence and help ensure your adventure is fun for everyone!
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Before you start planning a cross country trip with pets, it’s a good idea to visit to your vet. Confirm that your dog or cat is healthy enough for the long trip, that all of her vaccinations are current, and stock up on any medications she needs. You should also discuss fleas, ticks, heart worms, or other health concerns that are common where you’ll be traveling.
Don’t forget to ask about remedies for car sickness, diarrhea, and allergic reactions – just in case! And finally, consider having your pet micro-chipped. It would be a nightmare, but pets can get separated from their people while traveling. A current ID tag and a microchip will give you the best chances of finding your furry travel companion if he should get lost.
After your visit, pack your pet’s vaccination certificate. Then scan the rest of her medical records to a USB drive and take it along on your trip.
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Once your pet has gotten a “thumbs up” from the vet, you’ll need to decide how you’ll be traveling. Most people take their own car, and if that’s your plan, just make sure it’s ready for the drive. Another option is to a pet friendly adventure van or rent a camper for your trip.
Regardless of how you’ll get from here to there, the most important part of any trip is coming home safely. Use a car safety harness or secured carrier to protect your pets in case of an accident, and keep them from bolting out of the car in unfamiliar territory.
Choosing a route for your cross country trip with pets is part of the fun! Our pet friendly trip planner will help you lay out your plan. Then add pet friendly hotels, vacation properties, campgrounds, restaurants, and activities – like dog parks and pet friendly beaches – to your itinerary. You can also find veterinarians, pet supply stores, and pet sitters or daycare facilities, if the need arises.
Whether you’re pitching your tent in pet friendly campgrounds on your way across the States, or staying in pet friendly hotels, consider making reservations in advance. Campgrounds are busy on weekends and holidays, and some hotels only offer a limited number of pet friendly rooms.
Even if you prefer to be spontaneous, making a few reservations at the most popular destinations along your route will provide some peace of mind.
Deciding what to pack for your pets can be a challenge. You want all the things they need to be comfortable. But there’s a limited amount of space available for all your travel gear!
Start with a pet travel bag that is easy to organize, and load it up with all your pet’s necessities:
Whether you’re planning to visit the most dog friendly national parks, cross the border to Canada, or embark on the Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip, remember that traveling with your pets is the perfect time to slow down and sniff the roses! Hustling from place to place can make your vacation feel more like work, so underestimate what you can accomplish.
We’ve found that driving about 300 miles per day works well for us. We can stick to Ty and Buster’s exercise and feeding routines and enjoy the sights along the way.
Pets are very adaptable, and most are happiest when you’re together! They’re sure to be delighted with your vacation choice. And you’ll cherish all the memories you’ll make together down the road.
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