All trips include pit stops, and travelling with your pet is no exception. In fact, your pet will generally need more breaks than you will. Whether you are making a dash to you parents’ for the holidays or taking a trip cross country, you’re going to have to stop at some point to fuel up, eat, use the restroom, or just take a break. In any case, the facility you choose will greatly affect whether or not your pet will be able to take a necessary break, too. Here are a few tips to choosing the best pet friendly pit stop options.
1. Food. We all need to eat. Your pet can eat anywhere you stop or even on the road as long as you bring their food along for the trip. Restaurant or fast food stops are a different story. If you haven’t packed food for the trip and need to stop to grab a bite to eat, planning ahead will prove invaluable for choosing restaurants or cafes that will allow your pet to eat along side you. Choose a place to eat that has outside seating that is accessible without going through the restaurant. Take out is also a great option; sitting on a street or park bench is a perfect way for your pet to enjoy your food break with you.
2. Fuel. Unless you have a vehicle that is completely electric, stopping for fuel is probably going to be one of your pit stops. Fuel stops can be a great time to stretch your legs, get some fresh air, and use the restroom. Your pet on the other hand, generally won’t get the same privileges. Most towns have more than one station to choose from. Use your judgment and choose a station that has an area your pet can get out safely and away from general traffic to relieve themselves or just stretch their legs, too. If there isn’t anywhere safe, it never hurts to make another stop just for your pet’s sake.
3. Restrooms. Sometimes nature calls when we aren’t expecting to stop for fuel, food, or fresh air. When this happens, stop somewhere away from the road and general traffic where your pet can relieve themselves as well without unnecessary pressure or stress. It can also take some time for your pet to find the right spot or get comfortable enough to get to business. Have patience and don’t forget to always use a leash and clean up after your pet. If you’re at a rest area, bring your pet inside with you if need be. They won’t mind and will appreciate the break, too.
4. Exercise. After a long haul it can be nice to just stop and stretch your legs. Your pet feels the same way only far more so. Keep your pet’s leash handy for pit stops. Stopping at locations where your pet can wander a trail or run on the beach with you is a great way for both of you to get some much-desired exercise. They’ll enjoy getting out and about to stretch their limbs just as much as you will.
Enough can’t be said for planning ahead. When you travel with your pet, plan for a longer trip and more pit stops. Pit stops take time and energy, but they are an essential and invigorating part of every trip. Researching pet friendly options will also help make your trip more enjoyable. All in all, regardless of where or when you stop, think about your pet’s needs before your own and you’ll be sure to have a successful venture.