For many of us, when it comes to our pets, they are just like one of the members of the family. So, when it comes to taking family vacations, it’s barely conceivable to imagine leaving our pets behind. However, in taking them along, this also means that, just like a member of the family, travel expenses have to factored in; sometimes that can put a real strain on the family vacation budget.
Are you looking for some ways to take your pet along without adding more stress to your wallet? Here are some great money saving tips for pet friendly travel.
Plan ahead. This is especially relevant if you’re planning on flying with your pet because customarily, commercial airlines only allow a limited number of pets on their flights. The good news is that PetFinder.com is not just a website where people can adopt pets, but it also has information on travel discounts as it relates to the ones that you already have. While flying, another tip is to be sure to compare fees in the same way that you would for yourself and to claim your frequent flyer miles for bringing your pet along. If you’re going to drive instead and you’re not staying with family or friends at your final destination, don’t simply assume that the hotel or bed and breakfast accommodates animals or that there won’t be an additional fee for them. Be sure to ask ahead of your arrival.
Take care of your pet and his occupied space. If you’re renting a car or staying in a hotel, this is especially relevant. When it comes to the car, a lot of people will want to rent one either to keep their mileage on their own car down to a minimum or so they can have more space. When you’re bringing a pet along, though, there can be some unexpected incurring fees. Some car hire places will charge as much as $75-100 to clean any pet hair that he or she has left behind, so while an additional blanket is helpful, ask the rental place what the charges for bringing a pet along will be. With a hotel room, there are some that charge a pet fee upfront. The ones that don’t still tend to expect additional payment for any “pet evidence” that may be left behind. Therefore, make sure to clean after your pet, to take him or her on regular walks and to double inspect your room before checking out to see if there are any “surprises” that your pet may have left behind.
Bring all that you need. When it comes to insuring the safety of your pet, make sure to put him or her in the proper pet carrying case. If you’re driving to your destination, also make a concerted effort to bring along all of the food, toys and other accessories that your pet may require. This would include what your pet sleeps on, a first-aid kit (you can Google “pet first-aid kit” if you don’t already have one) and a couple of emergency numbers just in case. Two that any pet owner should have would be the number to the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435) and the American Animal Hospital Association (800-883-6301). It can be both time and money consuming to rely on finding various items that your pet may need while you’re on the road. You want to use as much of the vacation as possible for fun with the family, including with your pet.
Sarah Danielson is a contributing writer for Car Rentals – car hire Malaga, the best online car rental supplier with over 4,000 locations worldwide.