Most cottages are pet-friendly and give energetic cats and dogs plenty of outdoor space to explore. But for weekend warriors, driving to and from the cabin with your furry buddies can be a pain: long car rides in Friday traffic, hauling food and bedding back and forth and, of course, ensuring there’s a local vet in case of emergency. Use the checklist below to make your weekends as carefree as possible.
Pet tool kit: weekend checklist
Four must-haves to ensure a stress-free getaway
H20 to go: This multi-functional travel bowl folds into a compact pouch when you’re not using it, and can be used to hold food and water when you’re on the go. Top Paw travel bowl, $5.99.
Something’s fishy: Entertain your cat during a long car ride with these playful fish toys packed with catnip. Martha Stewart fish cat toy, $4.99.
Carry all: Perfect for transporting treats and toys, this stylish tote can also carry your pooch or kitty once you arrive at your weekend destination.
Grreat Choice Snap-Top Pet Carrier, $21.99.
Sitting pretty: Give your pet a prime place in the car with this ultra-comfy booster seat, which comes with its own seat belt for the safest ride. Top Paw Booster Seat, $89.99.
Water safety tips
If you’re vacationing near a lake or pool, these tips will give you peace of mind
Install solar-powered lights on your dock.
Make sure there’s an easy way for your pets to get out of the water should they fall in (if the shore isn’t shallow, install a ramp).
Show your pet where the steps are in a pool — visual cues like a miniature traffic cone are helpful.
Purchase a pet-friendly life vest for boat rides.