Some dogs will happily relax in their dog travel bag or carrier as the car travels down a twisty mountain road. Others hurl up kibble the moment you make a right turn out of the neighborhood! You don’t know if your new pet gets carsick easily, so play it safe by feeding your pet well before the trip and letting her go potty just before you head out.
Pack a bag that contains not only the everyday essentials, but also supplies to clean up any messes. Take enough food to last for your journey and then some—just in case you get delayed—as well as bottles of water. Pack non-breakable bowls, plenty of poop bags, a roll of paper towels and hand sanitizer (for human use!).
It’s especially important to make sure new pets are properly tagged prior to travel. Make sure her tag includes your cell phone number and address. Michael also advises that all dogs and cats get microchipped. A microchip is essentially an electronic tag that is about the size of a grain of rice. It’s inserted into the pet’s scruff in a relatively painless procedure. Animal shelters and veterinarians scan all incoming misplaced pets for microchips—so even if your dog slips her collar, a microchip can help reunite you.