Planning a Move With Your Pet? Where to Stay While “On the Road”

by Kim SalernoMay 12, 2017

Sixty-five percent of U.S. households have at least one pet. That means, when people move, their pets move. When your move involves a long road trip, it typically means overnight stays along the way. And in some cases, you may need to find extended stay options if your new home is not ready for move-in. A bit more planning is involved when moving with pets to ensure there is lodging that welcomes them.

Not all hotels welcome pets. So, it’s best not to assume that you can simply get in the car and stop at any place along the way. Further, accommodations that do allow pets have varying pet policies and room availability. Booking pet-friendly lodging ahead of time allows you to make sure your particular pet will be welcomed and accommodated. With a little planning, moving to your new home can be a smooth journey for both you and your pet.
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Here are some important questions to consider when selecting accommodations for pets-on-the-move!

Will There Be Pet-Friendly Rooms Available?

These days, many pet-friendly lodging options allow pets to stay in any room on the property. However, others only allow pets in specific rooms, and these can fill quickly. It is best to locate hotels along your travel route that allow pets, and secure accommodations before your trip. This way you can avoid being turned away if places are fully booked.

What Are the Pet Fees and Rules?

Pet-friendly hotels have a wide range of rules for pets – including weight and breed restrictions, types and number of pets allowed, as well as varying pet fees. There are also the ultimate pet-friendly places to stay that welcome all pets, free of charge. When you are moving, you should be aware of the accommodations’ pet policies before booking a room, so there are not any unforeseen issues upon arrival.

What is Your Budget?

Moving involves many expenses, and most likely you have a budget so you won’t break the bank. Luckily, there are hotels that welcome pets to fit any budget. Many economy motels can be found along major highways, offering convenience for quick overnight stays. There are also many mid-range hotel options, which offer higher quality services and extra amenities, but still at an affordable rate. Then, if you want to treat yourself to a luxury hotel, there are plenty out there that welcome pets, even though you may have to travel a bit off course for your stay.
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What Pet Amenities are Offered?

Pet-friendly amenities vary widely and they range from those that offer a “pee patch” on a grassy area in the parking lot, to those that have a special potty area complete with complimentary pet waste bags. Then, there are those hotels that really go all-out for pets, and they offer extra-special amenities such as welcome baskets with dog treats, spa services, and pet beds.

If you just need a place to sleep so that you can quickly get back on the road, you may be fine with the basics when it comes to pet-friendly amenities. However, if you need more time and will be settling in for a while, then you may want to look for accommodations that warmly welcome your four-legged family members. Whichever choice you make, it is important to find a pet-friendly hotel with the amenities you want, so that you and your pet will have what you need to feel refreshed and ready for what lies ahead.

What About Extended Stays?

You may encounter a delay in your closing, or your new home may not be quite ready to move in when you arrive. For these, and many other reasons, you many need a place to fill the gap between arriving in your new hometown and actually living in your new home. Extended stay hotels are great options because they are budget friendly, and they usually have kitchens, laundry facilities and additional amenities to make your stay more comfortable. Many of them are pet-friendly, and if there is a chance that you may need to find temporary lodging when you arrive, extended stay hotels are great options.

Proper planning when moving with your pet will help to avoid potential problematic and unexpected situations – which will ultimately save you time, money and stress during your move.


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About The Author
Kim Salerno
Kim Salerno is the President and Founder of TripsWithPets.com, a pet travel guide that provides online reservations at more than 30,000 pet friendly accommodations across the U.S. and Canada. Kim spends her free time traveling with her four-legged kids, Tucker, Charlie, and Brownie.

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