Because who wants to leave their best fur friend at home?
We know that planning for holiday travel can be a bit challenging when you want to bring your pet along. For many of us, pets are part of the family and we don’t want to leave them behind. If you’re struggling with how to bring your pet along this holiday season, take a look at these five tips to make holiday travel with your pet as easy as possible.
1. Pet Releaf CBD Hemp Oil
Not only can holiday travel be stressful for you, but it can be even more stressful for your pet! If your pet has travel anxiety, whether it be in the car or on a plane, CBD hemp oil is a great choice to make for a more restful trip with your pet (link to situational anxiety blog)!
Since CBD has a half-life of 9 hours, we recommend administering half of the recommended usage amount about an hour before you depart. This will give it enough time to kick in and they’ll be covered for 9 hours of the trip. If the trip will be longer than 9 hours, then you can administer the other half after the first 9 hours to ensure for 18 hours of coverage!
We also recommend testing the oil out before the vacation just to make sure you find the right amount that works for your pet’s needs. Our recommended usage amounts are only recommendations since some pets might need more or less for it to work for them. Check out Pet Releaf’s usage calculator for additional information on the best products and usage amounts for your pet’s personal situation.
First thing’s first, will you be traveling by car or plane? Either way, we have tips for each!
If your trip requires a plane ride, there are some precautionary steps you should take. Some airlines do not allow pets on board, so it may take some extra research to find a safe and trustworthy airline to travel with your fur friend. Plus, a stop at the vet is essential to guarantee that all of their necessary vaccines are up-to-date before hopping on that plane.
Heavy exercise before a flight or car ride is also key to make sure your pet is as relaxed as possible and ready for the trip. Bring along a bag of Pet Releaf CBD-infused Edibites for extra support along the way! Dogs love the taste and there are no known overdoses on CBD so you can always administer more if needed!
3. Where to Stay
Whether staying in a hotel or an Airbnb, it’s imperative that you research the rules and regulations of each place. We love to see so many pet-friendly hotels and Airbnbs that can now accommodate you and your companion. Look for hotel brands like Kimpton that provide free dog beds and treats to make your stay all the more fun!
Spend some additional time researching regulations if you’re planning to spend time in nature this holiday season. Some national and state parks do not allow pets on the premises, so you may want to consider pet-friendly parks. Also, many hiking trails and campsites require that your pets be leashed at all times as there will most likely be other pets on-site so please obey the rules to ensure the safety of your pet!
4. Pack the Essentials
Don’t forget to pack the essentials for your pets! Depending on how you’re traveling, you may need a crate or a traveling bag to bring on a plane. Other travel essentials would include:
First Aid Kit
Food, Treats, Water Bowl
- Make sure you’re stocked up on your pet’s food so that you have enough to cover your trip!
- A foldable water bowl a convenient packing accessory and can be used in any location or situation!
- Bring along a number of toys so that your fur friend doesn’t get bored. We love food puzzles because they can keep your pet busy for an extended period of time!
Leash, Collar, and & ID Tag
- Always make sure your pet is wearing their collar and tag to ensure their safety, in case they get out and start roaming around in an area that’s new to them and they can’t find their way home.
Blanket & Bed
- Bring something that brings them comfort and reminds them of home, like their favorite blanket or dog bed.
- Don’t forget to bring plenty of waste bags and always make sure to clean up after your pet!
5. Most of all… Have fun!
Now that you’ve done your research and packed up the essentials, it’s time to have some fun with your pet. Make the best of your trip by making sure to get outside with them, even if it’s cold. Bundle up and get out in the snow! Your pet will cherish the memories and quality time with their favorite human just as much as you will.