The holidays are approaching, and that means one thing: traveling. Whether your journey is over 2 blocks or an entire ocean, we know if you can take your pup with you, you will! But traveling—uuuuuuggghhh. The idea, great. The execution: ugugug. And adding a pup or two can sometimes, no matter how much you love ’em, make it way more ugHHH.
In the spirit of make ugugug and uuuggghhhh and ugHHH disappear from your travel vocabulary, here are 18 travel hacks that will totally make voyaging with your pooch a total breeze.
1. Bring a squeegee.
Why? Because dog hair gets everywhere. EVERYWHERE. A great way to get dog fluff out of hotel carpets and car seat upholstery is, no lie, a small hand-held window squeegee. Easy to carry, easy to pack, and less mess on the go. If that doesn’t work, then find a cheap rubber glove, wet it, and run your hand over it (with the glove on it). You can buy that on the go or pack the ones you use for the dishes.
2. Research the nearest vet/animal hospital where you’ll be traveling to ahead of time and WRITE THAT DOWN WHERE YOU WON’T LOSE IT.
Dog forbid there’s a situation where your pup needs some medical attention, but it’s better to be pawpared for all eventualities. So if a crisis does happen, you won’t be scrambling for necessary info.
3. Going by plane? Read this BarkPost lowdown on airline pet regulations.
Also CALL the airline ahead of time. Sometimes things change, depending on the flight.