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Quick travel checklist for you and your pets

We all look forward to our vacations, whether it is a week long idyllic sojourn, or a quick weekend getaway. And what better way to spend your little break than with your furry best friend? It’s becoming easier to party with your pup now a days on account of the fact that so many hotels as well as home stays are pet friendly and are happy to extend courtesies to our pets as well. So let’s take a look at how vacations can be made fun and hassle free for both you and your fur baby.

Before the trip

We put a lot of thought into planning the ideal holiday. The place, the facilities and amenities on offer, the budget, the journey to and fro etc… all have to be minutely planned out. So when your pet is accompanying you, these details take on an added level of importance. Basically all you want is a hassle-free, pleasurable trip. So here is what you can do:

  • Check the house rules of the hotel or the home stay you plan to stay in. Yes, the place might be pet friendly, but make yourself aware of what their rules are. Are pets allowed in all the areas? If they provide meals. What their policies are in connection to room etiquette. Can you leave your pet in their care if you are stepping out alone.
  • If it’s a road trip, map out your trip. Plan rest stops so that your pets get a chance to stretch their legs. If it’s a long journey then stopping for a rest at night also makes good sense.
  • According to the habits of your pet(s), plan out their meal breaks in advance. Some pets won’t eat during the course of the journey. So best to plan it out in such a way that they get their food at the correct times.
  • If your babies have a history of car sickness, then please consult your vet and ask for medicines for the same. Many natural, chemical-free anti-nausea or motion sickness medicines are easily available these days.
  • If you are travelling by air, please have your vet do a thorough check up. The pet needs to be healthy and fit to fly. The airline as well as pet travel agencies can guide you further as to the safety procedures and rules of pet travel.
  • Please keep a First-Aid kit handy. This should contain meds for common ailments such as diarrhoea or vomiting. If you know your pet has allergies, the kit can also contain meds for the same. Cover all possibilities. For example if you are travelling to a beach, keep some Electrol handy.. or if you are travelling during the monsoon or to a hilly region, keep some meds for insect bites. Please also ask the hotel or home stay for the number of a vet nearby, just in case. Best to be prepared.
  • If it is a road trip, make your car comfortable for their journey.

During the trip

  • If road tripping, make sure you take plenty of stops so that your fur babies can stretch their legs, do their business and drink water.
  • Please avoid leaving your pet in the car unaccompanied. During the course of the journey as well as during your stay. Always keep an eye on them.
  • Please do your best to keep the place neat and tidy. For example, spilled food should be picked up. Or if your pets are used to climbing on furniture, please ask for extra sheets or carry your own to cover up the furniture.
  • Please, please pick up all the poop! Whether in the garden, or in the vicinity of the place, please pick up after your pet.
  • You may have the friendliest pet in the world, but other guests might be wary of them. So in common areas please keep your pet close to you and on a leash. The same thing goes for when they are outside, especially if there are many other tourists around.
  • If you are planning to step out without your pet, speak to the management first. Some places might have designated staff of caretakers. Others may not have the capacity to babysit your pet.

So get out there! Have a wonderful vacation with your four-legged baby!! There’s really nothing like chilling with your best four-legged buddy! Take plenty of pics and don’t forget to share them with us!!

Happy vacationing and happy pet parenting!

By Crazy Dog Lady

mother to two crazy labrador boys….writer, entrepreneur and nuts about all things dogs.

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