How to travel with your dog this summer.

July 6, 2023 | Logan Simmons
Summer is upon us, and it’s time to plan your next vacation with your best friend.  However, as every dog parent knows, traveling with your dog presents some complication as not every destination will be dog friendly.  Here are some great destinations as well as modes of transport for your pooch:

1.) Dog Friendly Parks

-It’s well know that most parks in the National Park system in the USA forbid dogs.  As such, many dog parents avoid them.  However, most lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the National Forest Service allow dogs.  It’s easier than you think to find a great campsite in those places.  Additionally, many state parks allow dogs but you’ll need to check before you go.  As an aside, Acadia National Park in Maine, USA has a number of dog friendly trails which set it apart from most National Parks.

2.) Dog Friendly Hotels

-When searching for a dog friendly hotel, you need to take a look at your pack.  Do you just have one small dog or do you have multiple larger dogs that will need to stay?  Take a look at any number of online tools and websites that allow you to search for hotels that accommodate your unique requirements.  You may find that a specific brand works best for you or maybe even a boutique hotel.  Also, be on the lookout for any sneaky pet fees that could end up on your bill.

3.) Getting There

-When it comes to travel, you again need to look at how big your pups are and how many will be traveling.  If you’re traveling on the road with a number of larger dogs, some pet parents have converted camper vans while other pet parents with one small dog might be okay with a small carrier or maybe just a dog seatbelt.  When you’re traveling on the road, you have much more control, and a solution to your transportation needs should be straightforward if you plan in advance.

When it comes to air travel, dogs weighing less than 20 pounds can stay in a carrier beneath the seat provided you pay a pet fee.  However, larger dogs will need to be placed in a crate and sit in the cargo hold.  Fees for this can be upwards of $500 and even the outside temperature on the day of your flight can be a factor.  Overall, air travel requires the most planning.

With these tips, you should be well on your way to a great trip with your best friend this summer.  However, don’t forgot the quality food.  PURELUXE has the right formula for your dog or cat with fresh meat first and our special blend of micronutrients.  Learn more about our formulas at pureluxepetfood.com.