Tips For Road Tripping With Your Pet

Tips For Road Tripping With Your Pet

This lovable pooch is Sage.


Sage inspired me to cover this topic. See Sage gets car sick. When we used to travel across Dallas to my parents’ house poor Sage would usually get sick to her tummy. A friend of mine recently traveled with her dog and worried about the same thing. There are a lot of questions that can come up when you travel with a pet. You want to take your furry bestie along but will they be ok? Well, I’m going to help you out with a few things to keep in mind.

1. Make sure Fido is secure in the car. This is something I never actually thought to do. I got lucky that Sage wasn’t the type to try and pace the seats but it could happen. It’s recommend to use a travel crate, a pet seat belt (apparently these are actual things) or a pet barrier. And your pet should never ride in the front seat. If there’s an accident, the airbag can really hurt them. Oh and just FYI, it’s very unsafe for Fido to ride down the highway with his head out the window. So let’s not do that.

2. Make sure you pack the essentials for Fido. Food and water should go without saying, but I’ll say it anyway. You can find spill proof water bowls at any pet store and you also want to make sure you have their favorite chew toys on hand. If your pet has medications or things like that, you’ll want to remember to bring that as well as any medical paperwork because you just never know if you’ll need it.

3. You know how you want to be comfy during a long road trip? Well, so does Fido. Keeping you pet comfy can actually help ensure they aren’t barking, whining, screaming, etc. the whole time you’re on the road. If your pet is prone to car sickness, your vet can give you a prescription to help and let you know some other things you can do to soothe their tummy. If also heard of a garment you can put on your pet that basically makes them feel like they’re being hugged. I’m not sure how it works and I’ve never used one but I know some folks who swear by them so I think it’s worth a shot.

4. Remember to stop so Fido can, um, relieve him or herself. Keep and eye on them and when they start getting restless, or circling or sniffing, it’s probably time to make a rest stop. You can somewhat minimize the amount of times you have to stop by kind of limiting the amount of food and water you give your pet. Make sure they’re getting what they need, but don’t over do it. The more they eat or drink, the more likely they are to relive themselves in the vehicle. And no one wants that. At all.

5. I think it’s a good idea to take Fido to the vet before you embark upon your road trip. The doctor can help and answer any questions you might have and even give you more tips. And always remember to check that your accommodations are pet friendly. You don’t want to do all this stuff and get turned away from your hotel or something because Fido isn’t welcomed there. That would be wack.

Happy trails, Fido and Company!


7 Unique Hotels That You Can Actually Stay In

Hey y’all! Welcome to 2015!

I don’t know about you, but one of the best parts about a trip is the hotel I stay in. I know there are lots of folks who say things like, “the hotel isn’t really that important. You won’t really be there much anyway!” Well…speak for yourself. I really like hotels and I want as much comfort and my little money can buy. Now, we all know the standard accommodations that come with traditional hotel rooms. And those are great. But there are some really unique (and some downright quirky) spots that you could take into consideration for your next adventure with Preferred Motorcoach Transportation (wink, wink).

1. El Cosmico – Marfa, Texas

Staying here is actually on my bucket list. Composed of repurposed trailers, teepees, and tents, this is one of the coolest and most unique “hotels” in our great state of Texas. I mean, Beyonce’ has been here so of course I now need to see it for myself.

2. Dog Bark Park Inn – Cottonwood, Idaho

Let’s see how I can explain this. Dog Bark Park Inn is an inn for real human people. When you pull up, there are two giant dogs that will greet you. One is 12 feet tall and that is where you will be sleeping. Inside the giant dog. There’s even a loft in the dog’s head. Also, there are small and regular sized carved wooden dogs everywhere. Not creepy at all…

3. Settler’s Crossing – Fredericksburg, Texas

This quaint bed and breakfast lands on my list because it’s not your typical b&b. It’s made up of several dwellings – two cottages, three cabins, a farm house and a barn. A bonus? A “resident, native deer roaming free.” So, there’s that.

4. The Queen Mary Hotel – Long Beach, California

A decommissioned luxury cruise ship, The Queen Mary kind of resembles the Titanic to me. It’s massive and all of the cabins have been converted into hotel rooms (though, as cabins, they kind of already were guest rooms. But I digress.) Also, the ship is haunted, including a spirit that looks like Kevin Spacey. They even have tours. Happy Haunting!

5. The Curtis Hotel – Denver, Colorado

This hotel is a pop culture fanatic’s (like me) dream! Like, seriously, I just want to go to Denver simply to stay in this hotel. There are themed rooms (like KISS and Jimmy Buffett), plus pop culture references all over the place like rubix cubes, giant jacks, and nostalgic board games. I could live here.

6. The Antlers Hotel – Kingsland, Texas

So. When you come to The Antlers, they do have a traditional hotel. BUT, you can also stay in a train. Yes. A train. There are three train cabooses that have been made into luxury rooms. There is also a railway depot that has been made into a small guest house that can accommodate up to eight people.

7. Jules’ Undersea Lodge – Key Largo, Florida

I think the name says it all but in case you don’t get the point, this is a lodge that is under water. You can make reservations for overnight stays and people can dive the lodge and look at you through windows like you’re a goldfish. Also, not weird at all…

So guys, are you particular about the hotels that you stay in? Let me know in the comments! Happy Booking!