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How to Travel Best with Your Dog this Summer

By Colleen Williams
published: August 23, 2018 - updated: June 7, 2022 • 2 min. read
dog with sunglasses

We probably couldn’t think of any better season to travel with our families but summer. The perfect sunny mornings, warm days, and starry nights make all of us want to go on adventures, take those long road trips, check those travel goals off our bucket list and just make long-lasting memories.

Oftentimes, we wonder if we should we or should we not bring our furry friends with us. Because after all, they are already part of the family and it will be sad to leave them alone while we’re having the time of our lives.

Though traveling can be so much fun for us, it can be stressful for our dogs. Planning ahead of time and preparing everything your dog might need on the trip will help you have the happiest and healthiest adventure ever!

Coordinate with your accommodation

Pets are not allowed in a number of hotels, motels, Airbnb’s, and even some friends & family houses either! So before you book, it’s better that you confirm first whether or not your dog is welcome.


Make sure your dog is healthy enough

Health is always important. I’m sure you don’t want to take your dog to travel with you if he’s not fit enough. Before your trip, it’s advised that you take him first to see his vet to know if he has any undiagnosed health problems. It’s also best if you update his vaccinations, you know, just to be sure for any possible risks in a new environment.

Update those IDs

Just in case your dog gets lost or runs off (we hope he doesn’t!), an updated contact information tag on him is a great help. You can also consider getting him microchipped because ID tags can fall off and it will be hard for your dog to be identified.

Keep your Daily Routine

Dogs stick to what they’re used to. Though you are in a new place, you can try to stick to the daily routines you do at home–same time for walks, same time for meals, same time for play. If you think this is quite impossible to put into action, just continue giving him plenty of attention. Remember, nothing beats tender loving care.

Consider Diapers and Belly Bands

Dog with a diaper

Bathroom breaks are a main concern when traveling. If you have a long trip, dog diapers and belly bands come in handy! These diapers/belly bands help prevent your dog from soiling your car and those messes will never ever have the chance to mess up your adventure. Plus, they are also convenient to avoid your dog from soiling the hotel carpet of the couch. Definitely offers protection and peace of mind throughout your stay!

Advance planning can make traveling less stressful for your furry family members. Before you leave for your trip, make sure you have not forgotten anything. Use this as a guide while you are packing and add anything deemed needed. Happy traveling and have a wonderful summer vacation ahead!

This post was provided by Pet Parents®. By providing dog diapers and belly bands,Pet Parents® helps you to raise your pups from puppyhood, to adulthood, keeping your home clean, and your pet family happy.

colleen williams
By Colleen Williams

Over the past decade, Colleen has written about health, wellness, beauty, and even pets for The New York Times, The Cut, Refinery29, xoVain, Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, and Seattle Met Magazine, as well as many beauty brands. She has a BFA in Art History from the University of New Mexico and an AAS in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design in New York.

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