We all look for ways to save money, and we try to figure out how to budget without negatively affecting our lives - and our pets! Even those “over-the-top” pet parents are looking for ways to save a buck when they can. With summer right around the corner, taking a pet friendly vacation with our furry family members is something we don’t want to skip just to save a buck! So, we’ve come up with some very simple ways to save you money on your next pet friendly road trip. The following tips can help you plan, prepare, and save before hitting the road with your furkid.
Decide what to take and get packing
Don’t wait until the last minute to decide what to take on your trip. Instead, make a list of what you want to bring and go ahead and start packing! Finding out that you left something essential behind, like your pet’s medication or favorite toy, will cost you money and time if you have to make extra purchases when you reach your destination. Your best bet is to be prepared!
Look for hotels that don't charge for pets
There are pet friendly hotels out there that don’t charge any pet fees. Motel 6, Red Roof Inn, and Kimpton Hotels are some great choices where pets stay free. Now that’s what we call pet friendly!
Don't wait to book a hotel
Decide where and when you want to spend the night along your travel route, and at your intended destination. Then, make reservations before you hit the road. This allows you to pick the accommodations with the best prices and maybe even find deals on rates. It gets challenging to compare hotel prices when traveling, so planning ahead will lower your chances of spending too much on places to stay.
Keep your pet safe
This is a BIG deal! Don’t skip out on your pet’s safety just to save a few bucks. When riding in a vehicle, your pet must be secured. You’ll find that you have many choices, from pet car seats, pet travel carriers, vehicle pet barriers, and even pet seat belts. The costs for these products are wide-ranging, but you don’t need to spend a lot to keep your precious furry family member safe. A great economical option is a pet auto safety restraint strap, which attaches right to your car’s seat belt buckle, and can be purchased for about $12.
Be respectful of your hotel room
Even if you choose a pet friendly lodging option where pets stay free of charge, you’re still responsible for paying for any damages that your dog or cat may cause. Even pets with the best temperaments can react differently in a new environment. The best advice is to not leave your pet alone in your room. However, if you must, make sure you’re gone for just a short time. When you leave, your pet should be crated, and you can turn on the TV for added comfort. If there are hotel rules about not leaving your pet unattended in your room, then follow the rules and simply don’t do it!
Taking the time to plan ahead and prepare for your pet’s road trip will save you time and money. Safe travels!
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