Pet owners know it all too well. A pet’s “so you’re leaving me here” gaze can break down even the toughest, coldest, “most convinced that Snuffles shouldn’t come food shopping” among us. So if your animal can talk (or look) you into bringing them on neighborhood errands, how will you ever leave them behind on that road trip coming up next month? Our guess is that you won’t. But that’s okay. There are plenty of ways to bring your four- (or whatever the case may be) legged friend along on your adventure.
Here at AllTheRooms, we’re experts in all things travel. One of those things is traveling with your pets. From pet-friendly hotels to hotel pet etiquette to tips on how to make sure your buddy is comfortable out there on the road, our ultimate pet travel guide has it all.
Imagine spending all day on the road only to arrive at your hotel in the evening and find that the hotel staff is not so happy at the prospect of your furry (or scaly or slimy) friend staying the night. You have to do a last minute search in an unfamiliar town for a pet-friendly hotel. Far from ideal obviously. For a little help planning ahead, here’s a list of pet-friendly hotel chains that are known for being especially welcoming to animals.
If you need luxury for your pet, the Four Seasons has a reputation for going the extra distance for your furry companions. Dogs and cats can get water bowls and beds so they won’t feel left out of the five-star experience. Not all locations allow animals, but the brand is increasingly known for being the top luxury option for all species of traveler.
If convenience is more your priority, La Quinta fits the bill. With over eight hundred locations nationwide and a two animal per room with no extra charge policy, La Quinta is well-deserving of a spot on our list.
Another animal-friendly option, Loews provides a welcome package including a water bowl and treats. Some hotels even offer dog walking, sitting and spa services if the road has been rough on your pet.
With over 1,600 locations welcoming dogs with open arms, Best Western is a go-to option. The maximum charge is only $20 per day and that’s good for two animals in the same room.
Side Note: If you’re planning a long distance trip and need to find dog-friendly hotels in your stopping locations, check out Pet-Friendly Hotels, a website where you can search pet-friendly hotel options by city.
Another challenge of pet travel is making sure your pet (and you) don’t bother other travelers that might not be so thrilled to share accommodation with a furry guest. Here are some tips for avoiding trouble.
If your pet is noisy, don’t assume guests are going to be cool with it just because your neighbors are. Most guests don’t want to hear a parrot squawking at 2 am. Maybe it’s a treat or a favorite toy. Whatever the method, plan a guaranteed way to keep your travel partner calm and quiet.
Make sure your pet gets a solid bath before hitting the road. Packing a little air freshener can go a long way too.
Follow leash laws
You might be comfortable with your dog walking around off-leash, but remember that your rules don’t necessarily come with you when you travel. Be respectful of leash laws and other people by keeping your buddy at your side. Buster might be well behaved and he may always come when you call him, but you never know what you might encounter along your trip.
Hiding your animal or sneaking them into a hotel can be risky business. It’s best to be clear and communicate with staff or other travelers you encounter along the way. Communication is a solid way to avoid any confusion.
Tips for the Road
Whether it’s a cross-country trek or a city weekend trip, making a few travel adjustments for your pet can make a world of difference. Here are a few tips.
You want to give the staff a heads up before arrival. Sometimes individual hotels won’t follow the chain’s general policy and you don’t want to find that out after a full day on the road.
Ask about the pet fee beforehand
Our experts on the road have reported additional fees of up to $70. Clarify this ahead of time and factor it into your accommodation selection process.
The right stop goes a long way
A stop for a hike or a walk through a downtown area will help your pet get their mind off the road. Making the stops routine will give them (and you) something to look forward to — not to mention well-needed bathroom breaks.
Keep the kibble handy
Know where your animal’s food is at all times. After a long day on the road, they’ll be hungry and the last thing you want to do is dig through the trunk for dinner.
It’s a long ride so get comfortable
Try to make it a first-class trip. Our experts found that placing a bed in the back seat secured by some bags or pillows is far more suitable for an animal than the regular seat. The bed can then serve as a little bit of home on the road.
If you’re traveling in a group, assign one person to your companion each day. When you head out to get food, they can stay behind and keep your pet company in the room.
If it’s just you and your pet, drive-thrus can be lifesavers. You never want to leave your pet unattended in the car and bringing them into a restaurant is usually not an option. The drive-thru saves you all the trouble.
Side Note: To find somewhere to stay, whether it be hotels, apartment, hostels, etc., use our accommodations search tool to see the widest selection of options. Make sure you check the “pets ok” box under the “Amenities” tab. The search results will then give you plenty of options for you and your buddy.
ARTICLE SOURCE: alltherooms.com