For many professionals who take on travel medical assignments and other travel positions, heading out to a new city is a family affair. Spouses, children, and even pets may come along on the adventure, allowing everyone to experience what the destination has to offer and keeping the family together.
Planning for a travel assignment can be challenging when you choose to go solo. When you add a spouse, two kids, and a dog to the mix, it may seem even more daunting.
Luckily, with proper planning, it is possible to bring everyone on the road with you. Here’s how to get started.
Selecting Your Housing
If you plan to bring a dog along on your travel assignment, you need to make sure that you select a housing option that allows pets. Some rentals ban pets entirely while others limit the size of dogs that are permitted to live on the property.
Before you head out, you need to make sure you have a suitable housing option available that will suit your family’s needs. If you have two children, then you likely need at least two or three bedrooms. You also need to find a pet-friendly rental without size limitations that would exclude your pet.
Ideally, you also want to choose an option that has either a yard or a reasonable spot to walk your dog. That way, when your pet needs to relieve him or herself, you’ll have a place for them to go.
Assessing Your Transportation Options
When you want to bring the entire family along, including your dog, you need to make sure you select the right transportation option. Flying is often the fastest way to reach your destination, but you will need to do more than just get tickets for your family; you also need to arrange travel for your dog.
You’ll need a TSA-approved pet carrier and have to make arrangements with the airline in advance and pay an additional fee. Dogs can’t simply be checked in like regular luggage, so you need to make sure the airline will accept your dog based on his or her size and breed.
Additionally, it’s important to note that the temperature at the airports also plays a factor in whether your pet will be able to board for safety reasons. If it’s too hot or cold, your dog may not be able to fly, even if you already made arrangements, so make sure you have a backup plan in place.
If you are going to drive to your travel assignment, then you need to assess your vehicle. Not only will you be driving with four people, but there will be a substantial amount of luggage too. Plus, there either needs to be space for a pet carrier or you need an open seat and a dog seatbelt adapter. This ensures your pet remains safe in transit.
Hotels and Meals
If you decide to go the road trip route, then you need to plan for meals and possible overnight stays. Not every restaurant or hotel welcomes pets, so do a search before your trip to find suitable places to stop.
Remember, it’s never a good idea to leave your dog in the car unattended, especially during warm or hot weather. The temperature in a car can rise quickly, reaching levels well above the outside temperature. Additionally, your dog could harm themselves or the vehicle while you are away, especially if they are prone to anxiety. This is why finding suitable places to stop is so important.
By following the tips above, you can successfully bring your entire family with you on the road, allowing you to reach your travel assignment in one piece. If you would like to learn more or are looking for new travel assignment opportunities, the professionals at Cross Country Allied can help. Contact us to discuss your needs today and see how our expertise can benefit you.