Road trips are a lot more fun if you have your furry buddy with you. But before you pack your bags and secure your pet in the backseat , make sure you can keep up with its needs throughout the trip. To make your next holiday pet-friendly, here are some tips to keep in mind.

Take your pet to the vet for a checkup

dog vet

For a safer and more convenient trip, have your furry companion checked by the vet. Make sure your pet is fit to travel and that its flea, worming, and vaccination treatments are up to date. You can also ask the vet for the best tick prevention medications and tips, which can be especially helpful if you plan to take your pet on a camping or hiking trip. If your pet is currently taking prescription medications, double-check your supplies and make sure they’ll last the entire trip.

Have your pet microchipped
microchipAside from attaching an ID tag to your pet’s collar, make sure he or she is microchipped. Then register the microchip details not just with your state but also with the national register.

t forget to include your hotel or campsite address in the contact details. With up-to-date contact information on the tag and microchip, it’s easier to find your pet if it gets lost.

Equip your ride with the right harness or crate
dog harness

You can either use a travel crate or vehicle restraint that’s specially made for pets. An improperly restrained cat or dog can easily injure itself or other passengers in the event of an accident, so make sure your pet is securely harnessed while inside the vehicle. If you choose a crate, it should be spacious enough to let your pet stand, sit down, stretch its legs, and lie down comfortably.

Prepare a checklist

To make sure you don’t forget anything, come up with a checklist that includes the following items: food and water supply, food and water bowls, bed or crate, pooper scooper and plastic bags, grooming tools, pet medications, and toys. Pets easily get bored during a long trip, so make sure you’ve packed enough toys and treats to keep them occupied.

Include plenty of toilet breaks in your itinerary
litter box

When planning the itinerary, make sure to include a lot of toilet breaks in the schedule. Pets usually need to pee after eating, drinking, playing, or sleeping. Just like you, they also need to get out of the car every couple of hours so they can roam around a bit and stretch their legs. During rest stops, you can grab a frisbee or ball and play with your pet. That way, both you and your furry buddy can get some exercise.

Don’t leave unattended pets inside the car
dog car

It can be tempting to leave your pet inside the car for a few minutes when grabbing a quick drink at a convenience store. But keep in mind that the temperature inside can get hot very quickly, especially during the summer months. The best way to go about this is to use a harness and tie up your dog outside the car if you need to make a quick stop.

For a more memorable holiday with your pet, don’t forget to book an accommodation that is pet-friendly. Some national parks don’t allow pets, so be sure to check with the park before the trip. If you’re planning to book a car hire, double-check first if they have policies on bringing pets. Car rentals will hold you accountable if your pet causes damage to the vehicle interior and exterior, so read the fine print before signing anything. It’s also a good idea to choose a rental company that offers budget-friendly SUVs if you have a huge dog that needs plenty of space. By planning ahead, you’re sure to create lots of happy memories with your pet on your next road trip.