Some people may prefer to leave their pets at home during a road trip, but for those who want to bring their furry friends along for the ride, there are some special considerations. Pets should be kept in carriers when traveling. It's safer for the driver if there's not an animal crawling around the car, and it's safer for the pet in case of an accident. Before you leave on your trip, make sure that your dog or cat is comfortable. Help your pet get used to the carrier by taking it on a series of short drives, gradually increasing the length of time spent in the car. Hopefully, this preparation will prevent your companion from experiencing anxiety and carsickness, and reduce stress for both of you.
Once you're on the road, you must remember your pet's needs. Bring along a "pet kit" that includes food, a bowl, a leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication, treats, and a favorite toy or pillow. Stop every couple of hours to let it stretch its legs, use the bathroom and expend some pent-up energy. Be sure your pet has a microchip or identification tag with your contact information; that will be very important in the unfortunate event that your pet gets loose. And remember to never leave an animal in a parked car. Both heat and cold can be deadly.