Traveling With Dogs, Cats, and Other Pets – Keeping Your Car Clean

For most families that have pets, going on vacation is only an option if you can bring your furry family members along for the ride. But while it’s great to have your dog, cat, or other pets with you while traveling, bringing them along also means that your car is more susceptible to getting dirty. From slobber and fur to the occasional accidental “poopsie,” there are plenty of reasons for concern when it comes to keeping your vehicle clean.

Luckily, if you know you’re going to be traveling with pets, a bit of due diligence beforehand will help you while out on the road. You’ll be amazed with how much more enjoyable your travels are with your pets, if you plan ahead to accommodate for them.

Here are some tips for keeping your car clean while traveling with dogs, cats and other pets.

Start Clean

If you don’t start by cleaning everything, then you will end up continually trying to mask whatever mess is already in your vehicle. Therefore, start by giving your ride a solid deep clean before you head out on vacation. Brush out the carpets, spray down the surface areas, and even clean the windows on both the inside and out. It may sound a bit silly to clean your car before you know you’ll be getting it messy, but doing so will help you to protect your car for years to come.

Put Down Some Protection

Once your car is clean, now is the time to put down some protection to keep it that way. You may want to consider heavy-duty floor mats to protect the carpet, or seat covers to protect your seats. While you may think that simply putting down a blanket is enough to keep your vehicle clean, that won’t be the case once your pet starts moving around. Therefore, get something that is specific to protecting your car and it’ll be worth the investment.

Designate An Area

english-bulldog-in-carMake sure that you have a specific area where your pet will be while you are driving. If you have an SUV, then you may want to block off the area in the back for them to stay during your trip. Or if you are in a sedan or smaller vehicle, think about where you plan to keep your pet while on the road. Not only will keeping your pet in one place keep your vehicle clean, but it’ll also help to avoid distractions that could be dangerous while on the road.

Make Regular Stops

You may be able to hold out for hours while on the road, but that isn’t always the case with your pets. Be sure that you stop frequently to let them go potty. Even if you have a pet that goes to the bathroom in a box or maybe even in their own cage, stopping every so often will let you take in the scenery and also get some fresh air.

Your next vacation will be even more enjoyable if you can bring your pets along. To make sure that them coming along doesn’t ruin your vehicle, consider these tips for keeping your car clean while traveling.

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