An old blanket or sheet for the back seat of your car or wherever the pet's carrier will be secured to make cleanup easier.
Two old sheets to cover bedding and furniture at your destination.
Some of your pet's bedding.
Food. If you do not feed a brand you are certain will be available at your destination and along the way, bring enough for the whole trip. If you feed canned, bring a can opener and spoon.
Two gallons of extra drinking water from home. When you are down to the last half gallon, begin mixing in equal parts with the water supply at your destination. If your pet is especially sensitive, use distilled water.
Food & water bowl set.
Portable water bowl or bottle for use when away from your lodging.
Toys or chew items.
All required medications, supplements, and preventatives.
Tweezers to remove foreign objects from fur or paws.
Brush or comb.
Lint and hair remover.
Baby wipes or moist towels to wipe off paws.
For cats, a full litter pan with extra litter, liners, and newspaper to place underneath for cats.
Old towels, carpet cleaner, disinfectant spray, and trash bags for accidents.
First aid kit.
Flashlight for nighttime walks.
A visit to your vet before traveling
Ask your veterinarian about any flea, heartworm, or tick risks for areas you will be traveling to.
If your pet becomes carsick or restless when traveling, ask your veterinarian about appropriate medications or treatments.
Consider having your pet micro-chipped - animal hospitals, humane societies, kennels, and shelters nationwide are using scanners that will read these implanted chips and let you be reunited with your lost pet.
Make certain that all vaccinations are up to date and obtain current health and rabies certificates no more than ten (10) days prior to your departure.
At check-in. Announce your pet and inquire as to areas to walk your pet and areas that your pet is not permitted. Also ask about any ant or insect poisons in use; many of these are toxic to pets.
While in your room. Cover any furniture and beds your pet will be allowed on. Never permit your pet to sleep on beds, chairs, or bed spreads unless they have been covered with your own complete bed covering. Place your pet's food and water bowls on a mat or feed them outside. Litter boxes should go in the bathroom to make cleanup easier and newspaper should be placed underneath.
Public areas. Always keep your pet leashed. Never take your pet into a dining area, bar, lounge, or pool area. Walk your pet far from lawns, flower beds, and other public areas and always clean up after your pet.
During your stay. Wipe off muddy or dirty paws before your pet enters the room.
If your pet should damage property, report it immediately and volunteer to pay any costs.