6 Travel Tips Before You Hit The Road With Your Furry Babies

Whether it's a road trip or a long flight, ensuring the safety and comfort of your pets is paramount. And we have a few tips for you to keep your furry companion happy this summer!
Tips For Hitting The Road With Your Furry Babies. Credit: Canva

Tips For Hitting The Road With Your Furry Babies. Credit: Canva

"No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich."
Louis Sabin’s words are true. There is little that comes close to the joy being a pet parent brings. And travelling with them, no matter how arduous, is as close we get to experience paradise here. If you are heading out with your pets this summer, especially if you are a newbie to the world of pet travel, here are some essential tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.
Best tips for a great pet vacay Credit Canva
Best tips for a great pet vacay. Credit: Canva

Pick The Right Adventure

Not all adventures are created equal. Choose pet-friendly accommodations – hotels, rentals with pet policies, or even campgrounds with designated pet areas. This will allow your pet some free time to roam around the campus too, especially without unnerving other people. So less pressure on you. You can look at properties like Westin Sohna Resort and Spa in Delhi-NCR, Della Adventure and Resorts in Lonavala and Emerald Trail in Bhimtal for your pawsome adventure.
Pick a sturdy crate for your pawsome buds Credit Canva
Pick a sturdy crate for your pawsome buds. Credit: Canva

Travel Crates and Carriers

“Investing in a sturdy and well-ventilated travel crate or carrier is another crucial step in ensuring your pet's safety. If you are planning to fly with your pet, then opt for options that are airline-approved for air travel and provide enough space for your pet to stand, turn around, and lie down comfortably. For road trips, consider a crash-tested car harness or a secure carrier that can be strapped into the seat,” shares Shikha Gupta, a pet-parent from Gwalior.
Pack your pet39s favourite treats
Pack your pet's favourite treats

Pack Their Favourite Treats

“Pets can get anxious in new environments. Having their favourite treats on hand can help soothe them and provide a sense of comfort and normalcy. Treats can also be useful for positive reinforcement and training on the go,” share Shirin Lamba & Ridhi Verma of Belly Rubs.
Car seat cover for dogs amp cats Credit Heads Up For Tails
Car seat cover for dogs & cats. Credit: Heads Up For Tails

Use Pet Seat Covers

“For road trips, I really recommend protecting your car's interior with pet seat covers. Waterproof and durable, these covers safeguard against dirt, fur, and accidents. There are a few brands that even sell cute hammocks for cats! These help create a secure space for your pet, preventing them from roaming around the car and ensuring everyone's safety,” adds Payal, a teacher from Noida who loves to travel with her dog. You can get one from stores like Heads Up For Tails and NuzzleHoop.
M-PETS foldable bowl on Belly Rubs
M-PETS foldable bowl on Belly Rubs

Hydration and Walks Are Crucial

“Hydration is crucial, especially in the summer heat. Hence I recommend a collapsible travel bowl, which is lightweight, portable, and easy to pack. It ensures your pet has access to water and food wherever you are, helping to keep them hydrated and nourished throughout the journey, shares Lamba. Verma also adds, “Long trips can be taxing for pets. Plan regular breaks to let your pet stretch, relieve themselves, and burn off some energy. Look for pet-friendly parks or rest areas along your route. Also, invest in a sturdy leash and harness suitable for your pet’s size and strength. This is important for their safety and your peace of mind. Ensure the gear is comfortable and allows for good control during walks or rest stops.”
Get a pet tracker Credit Canva
Get a pet tracker. Credit: Canva

Get A Pet Tracker

No matter how well you plan, accidents can happen. Ensure your pet wears a secure collar with an ID tag containing your contact information. Additionally, having your pet microchipped offers an extra layer of security. While it is not very common in India, you can still look for clinics that offer the service. In the meantime, WAGR, India's 1st location and fitness tracker for your pet, can also help you receive information about your pet’s location.
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