Your next big adventure is calling, and you and your favorite sidekick are ready to hit the road. Nearly two-thirds of pet owners travel with their furry companions in tow, according to PetsWeekly.com. Before you take off, make sure you, your pup and your car are up to the challenge.
Where to Go, What to Do?
A successful trip needs the perfect combination of spontaneity and planning. When trying to tip the balance to the latter, use this free mobile app from Stay.com. It helps you create a personalized guidebook for any city on your radar.
Combine maps, advice from experts and your friends’ experiences to find the best of any destination. Then, create an itinerary. If you’re trying to avoid data charges, download whatever you need and access it offline while on the go.
When it comes to your car, take a few precautionary measures before you leave, so you and Spot don’t wind up stranded on the side of the road.
- Check your coolant, and if you are heading somewhere cold, make sure you have the right balance of antifreeze and water.
- Check the tread on your tires and inspect them for signs of excessive wear and tear. Poor tread and degraded rubber can lead to a blowout on the road, which in turn could lead to a dangerous accident. When picking out new tires, make sure you get some designed for the type of driving you’ll be doing. TireBuyer.com carries BF Goodrich tires in a variety of performance categories, making it easy to get the best fit for your journey.
- Catch up on any scheduled maintenance (think oil change), so you don’t have to find a garage on the road.
- Lighten your load and get rid of anything that’s not needed in the vehicle—it will boost your fuel economy.
- Check your insurance policy, and if your carrier offers it, get extra medical coverage for your pet. That will help cover the vet bills in case of an accident.
You love your four-legged friend, but the world may not be as excited about his presence as you are. In fact, many hotels and even some hiking areas ban pets. To ensure that you will get a hearty welcome at your next destination, check out a site like TripsWithPets.com. It features a large database of pet-friendly hotels as well as tips on traveling with them.
Eating on the road can be a fabulous adventure or an expensive pain in the neck. Avoid costly trips to gas stations and rest stops by stocking up on treats and drinks at the grocery store before you go. That will save you money and make it easier to stay healthy.
Use the money you save to splurge on dining out in your destination city. MenuPages.com has menus and food prices for eight of the nation’s biggest cities. Otherwise use Yelp’s restaurant review app, which covers thousands of restaurants in hundreds of cities.
Don’t forget to pack treats for your pup as well. A favorite snack can help to make an uncomfortable situation feel a bit more familiar for Fido.