The Pros and Cons to Hitting the Road with Your Pets

Author: Tahlia Maynard   Date Posted:10 September 2016 

Deciding whether or not to take your pets on the road is a tough call to make.

Whether you have a dog, a cat or a budgie there are a few things you need to take into account before you come to the conclusion that ‘Yes, Rex is coming!’ or ‘No, we best leave him behind!’. Whether you’re just going on a weekend camping trip or an extended trip in the RV, you have to weigh everything up to ensure not only your pet has a good time but you don’t spend too much time worrying.

Pros

  • If you decide to take your pet with you, you won’t be worrying about his level of care. You will have peace of mind knowing he is being taken care of and loved.
  • He is familiar with the people and won’t have the stress of getting to know a stranger or being put in a kennel/cattery with other animals.
  • Your pet will enjoy the new sights, smells, and experiences and your relaxed holiday vibe.
  • You will have extra company and a little piece of home with you.
  • You will save money by not having to pay for a pet-sitter, kennel or by having a house-sitter in your home.

Cons

  • Your pet may not like travelling in the car for long periods of time. It’s also possible for animals to get car sick so you should definitely have a few practice drives.
  • You will need to pack extra care items for your pet (beds, food, bowls and toys). If you’re worried about space this is something to keep in mind.
  • More stops along the way (if it’s a dog or cat). They will get restless and you don’t want to have to clean up any accidents in the car.
  • Stopping for lunch in cafes and or restaurants is a bit hard if you can’t take your pet with you. Leaving them in the van/car is illegal. 
  • There may be extra fees and/or restrictions with where you camp/stay.

Once you have weighed up all of the pros and cons for your family you should come to a decision based also on your instincts. No matter what you decide to do, you need to be happy and comfortable with the outcome and not second guess yourself. Going on a trip away you already have so many other things to consider so you don’t want to get too bulked down by this decision. Either way, you will have an incredible time away and overall you need to consider whether bringing your beloved pet along will add to the experience or detract from it. Only you and your family or partner can make the decision. Good luck!