All of us like to travel with our pets when we can. It’s no fun for them (or us) when we have to leave them behind — even for a short time. Although traveling with pets has gotten easier and more fun with all of the pet travel products available on the market, we still encounter various challenges as we trek across town or across country.

Keeping your pet safe should be your first priority as you consider venturing out. Whether your pet is small enough to ride in a specially designed car seat or you use a pet vehicle harness or crate, securing your pet as you drive is vitally important. An unsecured pet can become a deadly projectile in the event of a sudden stop or crash. Just as you would make sure your child is restrained in a car seat or with a seat belt, your pet should be no different. Avoid potential injury (or death) to your pet and other passengers by keeping your pet secured.

What other types of challenges do you face on the road with your pet? When it’s time to stop for a break, do you find adequate pet areas at rest stops? If traveling alone or with others, do you leave your pet briefly in your RV or other vehicle while you go inside to a restaurant, rest stop or store? What other types of pet-friendly places or resources do you wish there were more of to make pet travel easier?

Happy Pet Travels,
Tom James

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  2. We travel with a Husky, he is very friendly, he thinks every person is his friend he hardly every barks at a person or dog and wants to play with most dogs if the do not wont to play he then barks at them. So we have no problems in a camp ground. We have MDT 4 door truck, he rides in a cage (no seat in the back) in which he can stand up (and see out the window) or lay down (the cage does not block my view out the back window) I have a box on top of cage for water and food for him when we stop at a rest area. In a camp ground he water and food out side and inside of 5er.

  3. Paul Kunkel

    We travel with our birds and they’re caged whenever underway. The Macaw requires a large cage which is in the place of the chair behind the passenger seat in the MH. He has his water, food, & toys, a view out the windows, but knows that he’s safe. He feels secure and so do we.

  4. Rick

    Becareful of the product you buy. Think ahead of what your pet might do. I bought the nice product in the picture above and found the the clip was stong enough to hold my pet when he saw another dog on the street. So back to training since I never thought about that temptation.

  5. Melanie Metzler

    There is another reason to keep your pet’s movement restricted not only for its safety, but your well being should you need medical help!

    A friend of mine recently rolled her car on an Interstate. Fortunately, she did not received life threatening injuries, but was moved by ambulance and helicopter. She was released from the hospital the next day and returned home. When asked by friends if her dog was with her, she replied that he was not, but she had learned an interesting piece of information.

    Emergency squads are reluctant to enter a vehicle where a dog is not confined as it is the nature of the animal to protect its family. Now whether this is the rule or not, it definitely inhibits immediate attention to the situation.

    My friendly little dog who supposedly wouldn’t harm anyone, got a seat belt harness the very next day! What’s more, he loves it beause he knows he’s going traveling!