We the people of the United States of America love our pets! They are not just pets, more often than not they are family members and this means when we travel, they travel. According to a study done by travelhorizonsTM, July 2009, 18 percent of U.S. adult leisure travelers usually take their pets with them when they travel. Pets need a break too; new sites, new smells and new activities that offer a little more than the average dog-day at home.
Whether it’s a hotel room, a stretch of beach, campgrounds, an inn that supplies doggie-biscuits upon check-in or a shopping area or restaurant that will allow little Fido to tag along, the options are broad and varied for traveling with your pet. For options like these and many more, visit our Guidebook America Pet-Friendly Search. Over 250 listings nationwide.
Five Tips on Traveling with Your Pet
1. According to weather.com never leave your pet in the car if they can’t get out with you, leave them at home. This is why it is so important to check for pet-friendly services before you travel so there are no surprises. Days with temperatures over 90 degrees, especially humid days, are in the danger zone.
2. Bring your own pooper-scooper and disposable bags. Though many places are pet-friendly you are still expected to clean up afterwards.
3. Bring something for your pet that represents the familiar and the comfort they are used to so that when in strange surroundings like a hotel room, they can feel secure. Ideas: small bed, favorite blanket, favorite toy.
4. Always keep pets leashed in public.
5. Make sure travel kennels are well vented and kept in the shade.