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Traveling with pets can be challenging, especially for those who have never done it. Below, we offer some simple but effective tips for taking a road trip with your pets for a more pleasant experience.

Make an Essentials Checklist

The first thing you should do to prepare is to create a list of all the pet-related things you’ll need to bring. Some common pet items you may need to bring include:

  • Pet food
  • Food and water bowls
  • Vaccination records
  • Beds
  • Favorite toys
  • Pet first aid kit

Much of this list relates specifically to cats and dogs, but if you’re traveling with a different kind of pet, many basics apply, like toys, food, and everything else they use daily. But you also don’t want to overpack, so consider what items are essential and what are luxuries.

Wear Them Out Before

This tip is especially helpful for cats and dogs but also relates to other pets. Being cooped up in a car can be stressful and maddening for many, so giving them some physical stimulation before setting out is wise.

Taking them for a walk or playing with them before the trip will help them get their energy out and make them more pliable for the trip. You should also consider bringing physically stimulating toys for their bursts of energy, like a rope tug for dogs or a scratch post for cats.

Give Them Their Space

You don’t want to pack your car to the brim with luggage, so the only space for your pet to sit is right on top of you. Try to carve out a comfortable space for your pet—besides just putting them in a cage or kennel.

If they have enough space to sit and sleep comfortably, they’re more likely to be well-behaved and less anxious while driving.

Take Frequent Breaks

A good tip for your pet when taking a road trip is to make frequent stops for breaks. Pets, like people, have bathroom needs that they can’t ignore, but frequent breaks combat this. Potty breaks are also beneficial for getting their energy out.

Every time you stop to eat or use the bathroom, do the same for your pet. Making a stop to stretch your legs and give your mind a break is good for you and your pet. Consider looking for local dog parks to give your pup a chance to run around and play before embarking on the rest of the journey.

Prepare Your Car

Lastly, don’t forget to ensure your car is ready for long-distance travel. Clean your vehicle, check the tires, and consider getting an oil change if it’s almost time for a tune-up.

If your tires are on their last wisps of tread, RNR Tire Express has tires in Lubbock and locations nationwide, so wherever your road trip takes you, you can likely find one of our stops! Make sure you and your pets are safe on your next trip with high-quality tires from RNR Tire Express.

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