A road trip is the perfect opportunity to go off the grid and experience some beautiful scenery, which can be made all the more fun when travelling with your pets. Nevertheless, the thought of your dog barking ”are we there yet?” for the entire duration can be a daunting prospect. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a few tips to ensure that driving with your furry friend is as enjoyable as possible.
Prepare your trip
Before you do anything else, it is essential that you research local laws and policies regarding your pet. Make sure you are aware of quarantine and transportation regulations, so you don’t run into any nasty surprises when abroad. Furthermore, it is advisable that you choose a pet-friendly hotel that will welcome your pet with open arms and make them feel at home.
Take your animal to the vets to check it is up to date with all its vaccinations and is chipped and registered under up-to-date contact details. After all, the last thing you want when you’re driving is to be worrying about your pet. If your companion is prone to travel sickness, consult your vet to see what treatment is available.
Be sure that you take an abundant supply of your pet’s regular food. A sudden switch can upset their stomach which is not ideal when travelling long distances! Other pet essentials include; lots of water, bedding, leash and collar, litter box with litter, toys, grooming supplies and any necessary medication.
People underestimate the importance of having a plan for restraint. The reality is that many pets are injured or killed every year because they are allowed free reign in the vehicle. Not to mention the risk this poses to their owners as well. It is essential to have an appropriate carrier in which your pet has enough room to stand, sit and turn around comfortably. Your pet’s welfare is paramount, so ensure it is entertained by toys and frequent stops. Finally, never leave your pet unattended as the both heat and cold can be very dangerous and even potentially lethal.
Wherever your road trip takes you and your four-legged friend, you can guarantee the perfect start and finish by booking with us. Holiday Inn Express Folkestone offers a comfortable night’s stay, is pet-friendly and situated just minutes from the Channel Tunnel.