5 Tips for a Dog-Friendly Vacation

To help pet parents out, Nature’s Recipe® teamed up with Stefanie Michaels to share tips for planning a pet-friendly trip.


  • Choosing Your Adventure: Pick a destination that suits your dog’s personality. Is your pooch used to long hikes? Or being pampered at a dog spa? Either way, it’s about making sure you give your dog some fun time just for him/her to burn off some energy and to make the experience of traveling fun. Larger dogs who love water, would love a lake or beach destination, where they can frolic in the waves. Smaller dogs may enjoy walks around a marina, or exploring a city or two, such as New York or Chicago.
  • Finding Pet-Friendly Lodging: There are a lot of dog-friendly hotels around the country but many have a specific amount of rooms allocated for pets, so make sure to book ahead of time. These hotels are even starting to create more pet-friendly experiences. In fact, Nature’s Recipe®, who I’ve partnered with, is working with select Residence Inn by Marriott locations to give pets and their parents the VI-Pup experience by providing check-in welcome baskets full of food and travel essentials and hosting dog-friendly events.
  • What to Pack For Your Pup: Like with kids, you’re going to want to pack their favorite everything. Toys, food, and for some pet owners, clothes and accessories. If you’re going to a cold climate, make sure you pack a coat and protective paw booties for your pup. If you’re going to be by water, don’t forget a doggy lifejacket and extra towel. Also, make sure to bring an extra leash because those are very easy to misplace.
  • Pet Food On The Go: Instead of packing pet food ahead of time, you can lighten your load by purchasing your dog’s food once you arrive at your final destination. You don’t have to worry about going to a pet specialty store now that Nature’s Recipe is available in major retailers nationwide because it’s easier than ever to stock up on food on the go.
  • How to Keep Fido Entertained: Sometimes people are so excited to get to their destination that they leave their dog behind. Make sure to find pet-friendly events, parks, and even outdoor restaurants, where your dog can investigate and enjoy their holiday, too. For more pet-friendly travel inspiration visit FuelTheWag.com/travel.