Research shows that more than half of Americans treat their pets as part of the family. It is therefore no longer a surprise when they want to tag their fur friend along on their trip. Many hotels have embraced the culture and are now providing pet-friendly rooms. To make your trip fun and easy for everyone, the following steps need to be followed. You should be able to enjoy your vacation together with your loved ones.
Tips for pet-friendly travel accommodations
When calling hotels for booking, be sure to ask the hotel about their pet policy. Some hotels have not embraced the culture yet. Different hotels have different rules and policies as well. Like for example, some will not accept the pet while others have a weight limit. Others will say that pets are allowed if only they are in carriers. You should be able to get all the answers regarding their pet policy on phone, but just to be sure, ask for a hard copy. An email or fax will do.
Check their room capabilities
It is important to check what is being provided in the rooms regardless of whether you have a pet or not. If your pet feeds on a special diet, you might need a refrigerator or a stove. Ask the manager if they have pet-friendly parks or trails. Pets need exercise from time to time, without such your pet will not get the needed exercise during the time you will be out on vacation, which is not healthy.
Confirm if the hotel is truly pet-friendly
If you have been in the travel world for long, you will understand that there is a difference between pet-friendly lodging and pet tolerant ones. The friendly ones will offer services like doggies bags, easy cleanup surfaces, and treats. They will have large rooms such that your pet can run freely. Pet tolerant hotels only allow them in a certain square footage.
Be ready for pet special travel needs
If you have never traveled with your pet, it is important to understand that they have special needs. You might be required to pad their kennel with towels and pillows to make them comfortable. You might be needed to carry extra bags in case of accidents, small trays and treats and to pour water in a while taking break stops.