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Since bringing Ollie home almost six weeks ago, life has changed. Where I once was a very spur or the moment type person, I now think through where I go, what I do and how I travel because, truth be told, if Ollie can’t go, I’m not going either. He’s become so much a part of our family that I don’t even think of traveling without him. However, as a new dog mama, I quickly learned that traveling with my pup is a little different than traveling with my family. After a first failed road trip (where I realized half way through that I didn’t even have a leash to let him out to potty), I started to do a little research and discovered that taking Ollie along on our road trips doesn’t have to be hard or frustrating. We simply needed to learn how to do it. Inspired by how much more fun it is to have Ollie with us wherever we go, I decided to put together a little list of tips for traveling with your dog for all you other furbaby mamas out there!
So, what’s the secret to traveling with your four-legged friend (and making it enjoyable)? It’s actually much simpler than I thought and in truth, it all boils down to being prepared for traveling with your dog! Just as you wouldn’t leave home with the kids or your family without a few essentials, traveling with your dog is much the same! Here are four simple tips to make road trips with your furbaby totally enjoyable!
Plan Stops Along the Way for Potty Breaks and Exercise
Just as I do at home, when we travel, I plan frequent breaks for Ollie to potty, stretch and just get out of the car. It’s important for me to remember to bring a harness with me so that he can play in grassy areas and enjoy rest stops.
Just as the rest of my family likes to stop along the way to break up a road trip and keep from spending too much time in the car, Ollie also enjoys getting out, sniffing around and running a little bit!
Don’t Forget Food and Treats for in the Car
While the human members of our family can grab a snack at the gas station or run through a drive through, it’s easy to forget that Ollie needs food, water and snacks along the way as well. Just as I used to do when my boys were babies, I try to always pack a snack pack that include some of Ollie’s favorite treats, a few servings of his dog food and a portable water bowl.
This ensures that even when we’re traveling, he stays on the same eating and snack schedule as he does at home, making him just as comfortable as the rest of the family.
Make Sure Your Pup Is Comfy and Secure in the Car
I recently learned (I’m a new dog mama remember) that just like my kiddos, my pup needs to be secured and in his own seat in the car. By simply finding a portable pet bed and attaches to my middle console and has a build it strap to attach to his harness, it’s easy to ensure that even on long road trips Ollie is comfortable and honestly, has the best seat in the house.
It also ensures that, should an accident occur, he’s hooked in and protected exactly as the rest of our family is!
Be Prepared for Unexpected Emergencies
Speaking of accidents, I’ve learned that you never know what will happen on a road trip. We’ve had cars break down, minor fender benders, wrongs turns and more. While I’ve kept jumper cables in my car for years, having Ollie along with us on road trips has made me more conscious of what we would need for our entire family if an emergency every occurred. Thankfully, I recently found the one-of-a-kind Get Ready Now’s Pups & Peeps Road Combo Pack that helps me feel like we’re prepared for the unexpected, should it ever happen!
The Get Ready Now’s Pups & Peeps Road Combo Pack is unlike any other vehicle accessory or travel and outdoor essential on the market. The packs are waterproof, clear and the gear and supplies are ready to use with batteries installed. When time is of the essence, having everything ready to use makes all the difference! This easy to carry pack fits perfectly into my console and ensures that I’ve got everything I need on hand…both for the humans and the pup on our road trips! While other vehicle kits provide tools to take care of the car – not yourself and your dog! – the Get Ready Now’s Pups & Peeps Road Combo Pack ensures that I’ve got everything I need for EVERY member of my family in case of an emergency…including my sweet Ollie!
I love that this kit boasts everything ready to use … batteries installed, no unwrapping. Ready when time is of the essence. With essential emergency items for both my family and my pup, I feel confident when I have this kit in my car knowing that while I hope I never need it, I’m prepared in the best way possible if I do!
With it’s compact size that fits an amazing amount of emergency essentials, this has become the one item that I won’t travel without! From a pop up dog bowl, leash and water resistant red spotlight to light up Ollie’s collar in case there’s an accident at night to food, water, batteries and more for my human family members, this kit literally has everything ALL of us need to feel confident that should the unexpected every happen, we’re more than prepared to keep every member of the family safe and happy!
I love knowing that with the Get Ready Now’s Pups & Peeps Road Combo Pack on hand, I never have to worry that I’m not prepared for whatever happens when traveling with my family AND my dog. In fact, adding this kit to my car has given me even more confidence to pack up the kids, grab the hubs, load up the pup and explore this amazing world that we live in!
If you’re a dog mama whose ready to go on an adventure, don’t leave home without your very own Get Ready Now’s Pups & Peeps Road Combo Pack to ensure that whether it’s just you and your best friend or your entire family, you’ve got everything you need on hand to be fully prepared for where ever your adventures take you! To learn more about this emergency kit that’s created for you AND your dog, click here!
Then tell me, where’s the last place you and your pup traveled to?
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