This post was sponsored by Extended Stay America.
Last November we adopted a dog, Lola, from our local animal shelter. Of course, being the dog-loving family that we are, we’ve been spoiling her. She’s always getting treats or new toys. We even travel with her.
Thing is, we never traveled with a dog before. Not ever.
We ended up making silly mistakes, like – forgetting Lola’s food and water bowl and forgetting her toys!
5 Tips for Traveling with Dogs
Bring along a doggy “diaper” bag. Fill it with baby wipes, (you never know what your dog might step in) and waste disposal bags. Don’t forget to pack your dog’s favorite toys. Maybe throw in an extra leash and collar, you know, in case your 3 yr old decides to hide the leash and you never find it.
Measure out the amount of dog food you need, pack in ziplock bags. Also, don’t forget to pack the bowls for food and water. And grab an extra bottle of water that’s just for your dog.
If possible feed your dog a few hours before leaving. This way your dog (hopefully) won’t get car sick.
Don’t let your dog sit in the front. Apparently, it’s dangerous. My dog is too big to sit up front with us, and I’d be covered in white dog hair worse than I already am on a day to day basis. Lola rides in the cargo area aka the trunk of the van. We use the stow and go for our bags so she gets the trunk all to herself.
Walk your dog prior to leaving. Making sure your dog gets exercise before a long trip will help your dog rest on the ride.
Watch your dog closely. Whether you’re staying at a pet friendly hotel or with family, keep a good eye on your pet. You don’t want them getting out and wondering around alone in a new city. And keep the collar and tags on at all times. Just in case!
For our first trip with Lola we stayed at Extended Stay America in Corpus Christi.
There are so many things we loved about this hotel, the customer service, the rooms, the cleanliness…but the fact that they are pet friendly tops it off!
I loved our room, having a full kitchen, desk area, living room and separate bedroom was great.
The kids also loved how spacious it was. And they loved the free wi-fi.
There was plenty of space outside to walk Lola. She doesn’t look too happy in the pic above because she really wanted to chase after a few cats nearby!
What I like about Extended Stay America is the family friendly environment.
The rooms are spacious and the full kitchens are truly perfect for families. Last time we stayed I made egg roll in a bowl which has been a staple for quick dinners now.
If you plan on cooking in your room just ask the front desk for the kitchen amenities. You’ll get silverware, plates, bowls, pots and pans and a toaster. You can even ask for a coffee maker if you want to brew your own coffee.
Breakfast is grab and go. Which is easy enough for busy mornings. You’ll find muffins, oatmeal and coffee and a variety of granola bars.
I honestly found it a bit tricky when traveling with Lola.
When we leave her at home I know she’ll be fine. But I didn’t know about leaving her alone in the hotel room. Would she bark endlessly and annoy the neighbors or cry?
We could have tried leaving her in the room and letting the front desk know we were stepping out. That way if any complaints came through we could run back the to room.
Anyway, Lola ended up going with us pretty much everywhere.
We drove to Port Aransas (our absolute favorite place in Texas!) and had lunch at Drop Anchor, a dog-friendly restaurant.
The rest of the day we spent at the beach. It was raining a little but that didn’t stop my kids from playing on the shore.
We found out pretty quickly that Lola is not a beach lover like we are. She didn’t care for the sand or the ocean water. She wanted nothing to do with the beach which is why I have no pictures of her!
Lola is more of a homebody (like me) and preferred the comfort of the hotel room. Just look at her smile!
Planning on traveling soon?
Check out Extended Stay America, they have over 600 hotels with designated pet-friendly rooms.
ps. If you have tips for traveling with dogs let me know in the comments!
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