Traveling with Your Pets

Taking Road Trips
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So now you know how to bunk your four-pawed mate, but what about getting him or her there? Follow these stress-busting tips for you and your pet, and the destination (and the journey) will be remembered for the right reasons.

• Acclimate your pets ahead of time to buses, blaring horns, and the noise of traffic. Walk your dog on well-trafficked streets.

• Get your pet comfortable with long car rides by taking him for one- to two-hour drives several times before your big trip.

• Stop frequently en route for walks and water. But remember: Always keep your dog on a leash and don't' allow kitties to roam.

• Never leave your pets alone in the car. They get nervous and the temperature in the car rises to dangerous levels quickly in warm weather, even with the windows cracked.

• Use a dog carrier or crate for small dogs. They'll be safer and feel more secure.'s resident family expert Candyce Stapen has written the book on family travel, having authored some 1,400 travel articles and 27 books, 26 of them on family travel. She is the winner of the 2004 "Caribbean Travel Writer of the Year for North America" award and a three-time winner of the Society of American Travel Writers' Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award. Her articles have appeared in publications including Nick Jr , FamilyFun , Parents , Better Homes & Gardens , Conde Nast Traveler , National Geographic Traveler , and the Family Travel Network , among others. Her book, the National Geographic Guide to Caribbean Family Vacations is available from

Published: 11 Apr 2005 | Last Updated: 7 Nov 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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