President’s Day is around the corner, and for many, that means heading out the door and hitting the road for a little vacation.  No matter what your plans are for the weekend, here are a few tips from America’s Family Expo on how to plan a trip with your pet.

Prepare ahead of time for your trip.  A trip to the veterinarian for a check-up and review of necessary vaccinations can help you avoid having a sick pet on your trip.  Also, the vet can issue a health certificate for your pet, which you may need if traveling across state lines and especially country lines.  Pack the certificate along with other essential medical records and the contact information for your vet in case your pet experiences a medical issue.

Whether or not you micro-chip your pet, make sure to attach a temporary ID tag to its collar that states your cell phone number, email address, and the address of where you will be staying, if applicable.  Taking along a recent photo of your pet can also be useful if you need to track your pet down.

Do you plan to stay in a hotel, resort, or the like at any point on your trip?  Book your accommodations ahead of time.  Not all accommodations are pet-friendly, so you can save yourself some time and hassle by finding a pet-friendly place before you leave.

Be sure to pack the essentials with you on your trip.  There may not be a place to stop along the way that stocks exactly what you need (specifically certain dog pet food brands and treats).  Other things to pack include: water and water bowls, a leash, toys, grooming supplies, bedding, litter and a litter box, and any necessary medications.

Many people hate to restrain their pets in the car, but this is important for both your pet’s and your safety.  Not only can your pet get hurt a lot easier if it is not restrained, but it can also distract you a lot easier and cause an accident.  There are numerous options available on the market today that will allow your pet to be restrained comfortably.  Travel crates, vehicle barriers, car seats, and seat belts are wonderful options that are available specifically for pets.  Just be sure to try them out before you hit the road so your pet is comfortable and familiar with them.

We hope these tips will be helpful for you in your travels, whether it be this weekend or some other time.  So on behalf of America’s Family Pet Expo, have a happy President’s Day weekend!