Travelling with your best friend
How many of you have thought of travelling with your human around the country?
I have! we are on a great trip around the country as I write this. But how many of you, and your humans, know what you should do to prepare for your travels?
Firstly, you need to consider how you will be travelling.
Car and caravan, motorhome (my preferred travel option), car and tent, staying in motels and cabins…
So many options, so many pros and cons!
So you’re looking at staying in caravan parks or on-site accommodation with your best friend, do you know which ones are pet friendly?
Because not all are. Or they are only pet friendly “by arrangement”, meaning you need to book in advance.
Second, remember to check what places are pet friendly and what aren’t.
For instance, Broome is a lovely place to visit, though no caravan parks allow pets to stay from June to September, and around that period they have certain limitations that may affect your plans. However they are changing some rules in Broome to allow people with pets to stay longer in the overflow parking areas, and there are some free parking areas outside Broome that may be of interest. Whereas Carnarvon is very pet friendly and a great lot of fun, I even got to walk the jetty and enjoy lunch at a café there.
Third, what should your human take with you for your trip.
The essentials of food and water are easy to remember. But what about other, less obvious items?
Stuff like vaccination certificate, necessary or possible medication, letter from your vet outlining any medical issues and treatments you are undergoing (in case something flares up while you are away and you need to see someone else), potential veterinary clinics and boarding/day care facilities (for when your humans wish to travel somewhere you can’t or don’t wish to), towels and additional bedding to keep you clean after fun in the outdoors, a good amount of poop bags (I like to send my human in to the shops for kiddie nappy bags, so much cheaper which leaves more money for treats for me) and of course a spare lead and collar or two (just in case you lose or damage one).
Some vet clinics along your travels will even offer some alternative or holistic medicine you might like to enjoy. I had a great acupuncture treatment in Carnarvon, though those needles, they can be scary when sticking out of your foot!
Lastly, where all the tourist information centres are on your trip
These are a great source of information for all yours and your human’s needs. These are also great to ensure your human knows where you can and can’t swim safely, after all, we are heading towards Croc Territory. While I don’t know what crocs are, my human is concerned with ensuring she keeps me out of the water in this strange place, seems they aren’t necessarily good for my, or her, health.
Next month I will be discussing safety while travelling, and the month after that, caravan park etiquette, something very close to my heart after some recent issues.