Toys, a leash, important medication—these are no-brainers when you’re preparing to vacation with your dog or cat. Because such a vacation takes so much preparation—especially if you’re traveling with a pet for the first time—it’s virtually impossible to leave these essentials at home.
Other items? They might not even cross your mind. But without them, your vacation may get derailed before you even reach your destination.
Add these to your next travel checklist to ensure a happy and safe getaway for you and your furry friend.
Pictures of Your Pet
A lot of travelers clear their photos off their phones before they go on vacation in order to leave as much space as possible for new memories. That’s fine, but leave at least a couple of pictures of your pet. Many shelters require visual confirmation of ownership in the event that your pet gets lost and you need to pick him up somewhere.
A Copy of Your Pet’s Medical Records
You should know where the nearest veterinarian or emergency pet health facility is at all times.
Sheets or Blankets
Laying your own sheets and blankets out in a rental car or on hotel furniture is one way to make sure your pet doesn’t leave his or her hair everywhere. If [the sheets] haven’t been washed immediately before your trip, they have the added bonus of smelling like home, which ought to keep your pet calm in an unfamiliar place.
Ziploc bags are basically a pet parent’s Swiss army knife. You can use them to pick up poop if necessary. You can also carry food in them if you’re going on a day trip and need to pack a backpack.
Tap Water From Home
The quality of tap water changes from city to city (sometimes drastically), and for pets who are accustomed to drinking from just one water source for their entire lives, even a slight change in quality for short period of time can upset their stomach.