Jetsetting is great for our health! In fact, getaways have many of the same health benefits as doing Sudoku and crossword puzzles. When we travel our brain is actively engaged, taking in all the new sights and sounds. While our brains our active, our bodies remain relaxed because they are physically removed from potentially stressful environments and routines. The result is more brain power and reduced blood pressure.
Everyone enjoys breaking their routine and getting out of town for the weekend — including your pup. This summer, pack him up and hit the open road together! If you think that traveling with your dog would be a huge hassle, you’d be wrong. More and more businesses are updating their policies to include the most loyal member of the family. Here’s how to plan the perfect weekend getaway with your best friend.
Puppy Love: Tips for Traveling with Your Dog
1. Pre-book dog-friendly accommodations.
When you’re traveling with your pooch, you don’t have to limit yourself to campgrounds or make the little guy to sleep in the car. Nowadays, virtually every hotel chain has a pet policy. Many hotels, like Marriott for example, will charge a small fee — $50 to $100 — to let your dog crash in the room with you. Before booking, call ahead to double-check to make sure that your buddy is welcome. Snuggle up in your favorite pajamas and let him sleep at the foot of your bed in the lap of luxury!
2. Make sure he has space to rest.
Some people are the “backpack and go!” travelers and others are the “everything but the kitchen sink” type. Whichever end of the spectrum you’re on, remember to make sure that your dog has plenty of space to stand up or lay down especially during a long car ride. Secure stacked baggage with bungee cords, to ensure Fido doesn’t get smooshed! An uncomfortable pup is an unhappy travel companion. So roll that window down and let him enjoy the ride!
3. Prepare for frequent stops.
You and your dog both need to stop and stretch your legs during a longer trip. Stop at least once for every two hours of driving. Whether it’s a pee break, a snack break, or a stop to briefly stretch your legs, getting to stand on solid ground will prevent your dog from getting stressed in the car. Bring plenty of water and let your dog take a drink during these breaks so he can stay happy, healthy, and hydrated!
4. Don’t forget his favorite kibble!
When you’re packing, bring his favorite brand of dog food along with you. While it would be easy to pick up a bag at your destination, you want to stay consistent with his feedings. Traveling in a car and staying in a hotel is not the optimal time for puppy tummy troubles… and you could wind up spending your days scrubbing car and hotel carpets instead of enjoying the great outdoors!
5. Research pet-friendly activities in advance.
Flying by the seat of your pants is a fun way travel, but when you have a pooch — especially if you’re driving to a more urban environment — you’re going to want to plan ahead. Run a quick search of hikes, parks, beaches, tours, and restaurants that will your dog participate. You don’t have to bring him everywhere, but it’s nice to know that you have options if you think he’s spending too much time lounging all day in a king-sized hotel bed (poor baby).
For more ideas for how to have fun with your buddy this summer, visit The Pajama Company at our blog, thepajamacompany.com/blog.