Preparing For Vacation When You Have A Pet

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prepare for a weekend getaway with pets

We travel often, which means getting the vacation prep down to a science is essential, especially when I am unpacking my suitcase just to repack it again. I tend to follow schedules with almost everything in my life, and preparing for vacation is no different. There is a routine that we have to prepare to leave for a trip or vacation and it only slightly changes depending on the length of time we are away.

This summer has mostly been long weekend trips, so I am sharing our routine and a checklist to get your own home ready for a vacation, and also to make sure your pet still feels loved and happy while you are away.

prepare for a weekend getaway with pets

  • Clean the house- I hate coming home to a dirty house after a vacation. Most of the time I am a bit tired from the flight or car ride, so the last thing I want to do is spend a few hours cleaning. The week before we leave consists of slowly cleaning all areas of our house.
  • Go through the refrigerator- If we don’t have anyone housesitting (which we normally do) I will get rid of anything hat could spoil while we are away. This includes coffee creamer, vegetables, fruits, milk, etc. and I also put any meat into the freezer.

prepare for a weekend getaway with pets

  • Have SharkBaits Essentials Availible- There are a few different people that will shark sit for us when we are away. Sometimes they will quickly stop by, and other times they will stay the entire time we are gone. Either way, I like to have everything prepared to make their duties quick and easy. We love having SHEBA® PERFECT PORTIONS™ availible and ready to go because it takes the guesswork out of how many ounces of food to feed SharkBait and she is never overfed. We also like to spoil her a little bit while we are away and SHEBA® Meaty Tender Sticks with Chicken are a great way to do that. They are made with real meat and no artificial flavors which leaves her meowing for more. I was also surprised with how quickly she eats them, that must mean that SHEBA® WHAT CATS WANT™ You can find more inspiration here about on making sure your pet feels loved while you are away.
  • Print our itinerary- This may be wasteful to some, but I like to have a paper copy of our itinerary, things we would like to do, and travel plans, handy and in mu purse. Sure, I could have this on my phone, but I prefer to have both options. I also share a copy of this with my sister and/or mom just i case they need us at any time, they know our general whereabouts.
  • Turn on vacation response for emails- Even if you are only going away for a few days, set-up a vacation automatic responder for your email. It will keep away some of the stress, and nobody will think you are ignoring them.

prepare for a weekend getaway with pets

  • Plan one shopping list- Most of the time we need something before we leave for a trip. Whether it’s new makeup, travel-sized shampoo, or more SHEBA® PERFECT PORTIONS™, Walmart is a one-stop shop and I am in and out when I am working from a list.

prepare for a weekend getaway with pets

If you would like to download your own travel checklist, check it out here. Do you have a pre-travel routine? Where are you going next?

  • Courtney Buteau

    Great tips and I love your printable! You know, I ALWAYS forget to put on my vacation auto-reply on for my personal email. You’re right, it’s helpful because you don’t feel like you need to respond right away. PS You’re cat looks like they’re ready to jump in the luggage! :) Too cute. #client

  • http://www.myborrowedheaven.com/ Meg Taylor

    Hi SharkBait!! This is a great idea for a post – we love traveling but are always so excited to get back and see the cats. About an hour out from Charlotte yesterday, we started talking about how excited we were to see the girls 😉

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Even when I am at work for the day I start to miss SharkBait! I wish she could travel all around with us like she did when she was little.

  • Megan

    Love the photo of SharkBait up on her back legs nose in the air sniffing away at a treat that she can’t quite see! So stinking cute. I totally agree with cleaning the house before leaving! I cleaned my room and made my bed before we left for Savannah and it was amazing to come home to a tidy bedroom just waiting for the suitcase to be dumped… oh well.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      That is her all of the time. If I didn’t clean before leaving I would probably think about it during the entire trip, I just hate having a messy house. BUT when it comes to unpacking, it takes me forever!

  • http://www.thefreeandwildblog.com Annie

    Ugh, I already LOVE SharkBait! I am DEATHLY allergic to cats (like throat closing up kinda deal…) but I ADORE kitties. Also, I totally agree with cleaning the house. The worst thing in the world is coming home from a long trip to a dirty house.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I wish you could meet her because you would love her!! If I don’t clean the house before we go on a trip I think about it the entire time we are away. I just know coming home to a dirty house stressed me out.

  • Jen

    Yes! It’s so important to be well prepared when you are traveling and have pets. Our pup usually goes with us but our cat stays home with our awesome neighbors watching after him.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I wish SharkBait could travel with us! She did until she was a year old and she absolutely loved car rides. But then she started shedding more and needed a routine.

  • http://kaitlyn-danielle.blogspot.com Kaitlyn Danielle

    A clean house is a biggie for me. I hate coming home from an enjoyable vacation and walking into a dirty house. We have two dogs so I know the struggle of making sure your pets are well taken care of while gone. We’re leaving for Kansas next week and we’ll be gone for 8 days. We’ve decided on doggy boarding, so it’s reassuring to know they’ll be well taken care of. The vacation response for emails is a good one one! Hope y’all enjoy your trip. Be safe!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      If I leave the house messy I will think about it during our entire trip, and that just stresses me out. I wish SharkBait could still travel with us! She loved car rides when she was little.

  • http://www.thekolbcorner.com Amanda Kolb

    I hate coming home after a trip to a dirty house too! That is the last thing I want to do when I get home, so making sure it’s clean before hand is my #1 priority. SharkBait is pretty darn cute! I love the picture of her trying to reach up to the counter to get SHEBA lol

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I totally agree!! If I leave the house messy, I will think about it during our vacation and it tends to stress me out.

  • http://lifeweimagined.blogspot.com Laura Powell

    OMG that first picture of Sharkbait on two legs is killing me with cuteness. I absolutely need this checklist for our trip to Iceland coming up!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      She is all about her treats lately and will practically jump on top of you to get to them haha

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