Pack for Entertainment- Just like traveling with children, purchase some new toys to give to your furbaby throughout the trip every few hours. This will keep them entertained. And no, I refuse to answer how much I spent on my pups for car entertainment. And yes, I know they’re spoiled lol
New toys for the hotel room are great too, so they don’t explore their new "house" too much.
Tire Before Hitting the Tires- Before hitting the road, have a nice exhausting play session with your pup; get them tired. Since we broke our trip up in a few days, before hitting the road each day we spent some time playing catch or visiting a dog park before resuming our trek. This prevented them from bouncing of the windows in the car.
Be Aware- When you’re planning your trip locate dog parks that are along the road. You’re going to have to make pit stops of your own, so grab lunch and take it to a park where the pups can play and you can eat and stretch your legs. Everyone is happy :-) If you just find regular parks remember to pack some bags for “business time”.
This was an awesome dog park in Mobile, AL where we got to have a picnic while the pups ran off some steam.Pet Rent- In case you weren’t aware, pets aren’t cheap! Most hotels allow dogs, but the fee is more than the human fee. I kid you not! We did not stay in 5 star hotels because I refused to pay that much money for the dogs. We found hotels that either let dogs stay free (La Quinta has some nicer hotels where dogs stay free and they often have dog parks on their property), or a smaller fee, like $10. But don’t expect a 5-star hotel with a pet unless you want to pay for it.
Tomlin & Rooney thought this king size was for them. Silly puppies!Pack Extra- In addition to extra food & water for the car, you should also pack extra towels and shampoo. I’m glad that I did this because one day there was a hurricane & it was rainy but we still needed to let the dogs out. Just the thought of being trapped in a car with 2 wet muddy dogs will inspire you to pack the shampoo. So after play time, you can wash them (most dog parks have a hose outside) before hitting the road again. They will be tired and clean :-)
Tomlin loved the muddy dog park in Savannah, GA.Beaches- If you’re going to beaches, make sure you’re aware of dog laws…not all beaches allow dogs, even on leashes. We learned this the hard way (womp womp)
Bring Home With You- Our pups like their kennel (we call it their “room”) so we brought that with us for when we went out to dinner and they needed to stay at the hotel. Now I would not do this if our dogs were really loud and bark while we’re gone, but they don’t. Our pups just take it as another nap opportunity. Also bring their water and food dishes and favorite toy from home; try to keep things familiar for them.
Play Mat- I purchased a pet seat cover for the back seat & loved it so much I purchased another one for my hubby’s car. A road trip has the potential to really get your car dirty and this thing has saved us so many times. It protects the seats and makes cleaning later so much easier: just dump off the dirt or sand and throw it in the laundry. This one easily clips on, is water resistant, and is only $10.