Pet Friendly Travel: Money Saving Tips for Pet Road Trips

Tucker Checking In at La Quinta-Where Pets Stay FreeWe're all feeling the crunch...and always looking for a way to save a dime.  We all begin evaluating where we can save money while limiting the effects on our lifestyle...and our pets. Even the most extravagant pet parents are looking to save a buck where they can.  And with the summer fast approaching, taking that much needed vacation or getaway with our pet is something we don't want to sacrifice. 

On a recent road trip to Virginia, with TWP's newest travel pooch, Tucker (that's Tucker in the pics!), I discovered some very simple ways to save. They may all seem to be pretty much common sense, and perhaps trite...but they will save you A LOT of money.   The common thread is preparation!  Here are the top five tips:

1.  Make a List and Pack Early:  Prepare a list of all the items to pack for your pet and pack them early!  Discovering that you left behind your pets medication, favorite toy, dog food, or leash will cost you.  Buying these things while on the road will cost you more in money, time, and gas.  It certainly pays to be prepared.

2.  Find Hotels Where Pets Stay for Free:  You'll save a big chunk of change if you stay at hotels that have no pet fees.  The following hotel chains do not charge for pet guests:  Motel 6, Red Roof Inn, and Kimpton Hotels.  How is that for pet friendly?!

3.  Book Hotels Early:  Determine where and when you'll need pet friendly accommodations before you start your trip.  Booking before you leave will allow you to shop around for the best rates and find a deal on pet friendly hotels & accommodations.  It's very difficult to compare hotels rates while on the road.  Early preparation will reduce the chance of unexpected expenses.

Pet Auto Safety Restraint4.  Take Care of Hotel Room:  Even if you're staying at a pet friendly hotel where pets stay free, if Rover or Fluffy do any damage  - you are responsible for paying for those damages.  The most well-behaved pets can act out when in a strange environment.  It is recommended that you do not leave your pet unattended in a hotel room.  If you must, don't be gone long, be sure that your pet is crated and perhaps turn on the TV for some comfort sound. If the hotel does not allow you to leave your pet unattended in your room, don't do it.

5.  Economical Pet Car Safety:  This one is HUGE.  Please, in your desire to save money, don't skimp on the safety of your pet.  While your pet is traveling in your vehicle, they must be secured.  There are many options out travel carriers, pet car seats, vehicle pet barriers, and pet seat belts.  The prices for these are all over the board.  An excellent option is the Pet Auto Safety Restraint for under $10.  It's a pet seat belt that comes in two adjustable sizes and it attaches right into your seat belt buckle in the back seat (be sure to use a pet harness with this).

Take the time to properly prepare and plan your pet's road will indeed save you some money!