For as long as I can remember my holidays have always been associated with travel. Growing up we always took long car trips, first from Florida and then Virginia to visit family in Missouri. We always drove; packed up the mini van and headed towards the center of the country. As a kid, it was kind of boring. Why is this taking so long? Are we there yet? My dad would always say “yes, we’re just in the giant parking lot.” Looking back on it now, I’m glad I had that opportunity to travel and spend time with my family. It created some great memories and also prepared me for traveling as an adult.

I’m not sure exactly why we always drove rather than flying, but I remember clearly that we’d always bring all our pets – dogs and cats included – with us. That experience taught me that pets are part of the family too. While its perfectly okay to not always travel with pets, it is nice to be able to enjoy the holidays with them.

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Now as an adult, I try to include my two dogs in my holiday plans. This year we headed back east from our new home in Colorado for Thanksgiving. We also had another event to attend in Virginia earlier this week, so instead of flying out twice and boarding the dogs while we were gone, we decided to drive out with the dogs (renting a car) and stay for nearly 3 weeks. Obviously driving 25 hours each way is a bit more of a time commitment than flying, but we were able to have our pets with us. Though Ralph & Luna can technically fly, a road trip would be a lot more enjoyable and less stressful for everyone involved.

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Why I Bring My Dogs Along on Holiday Travel

My Dogs Are Family

My two dogs – Ralph & Luna – are 100% members of my family. I want to spend time with them and I also want to ensure that they are comfortable. The thought of spending the holidays without them just doesn’t feel complete. Though I know they don’t quite appreciate the holidays as much as I do, I love seeing them light up when they get a special treat or holiday meal. And I have wonderful (hilarious) memories of Luna trying to hoard all the new toys the dogs in our family received for Christmas in her bed. She was so silly and the memory still puts a smile on my face.

Long story short, I love my dogs and would be willing to make sacrifices to make them comfortable and bring them along. Traveling by car takes longer than if we were to fly and we have to look for pet friendly hotels (which unfortunately often aren’t quite as nice), but to me it’s all worth it!

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It Can Be Cheaper

Even with the cost of gas and pet friendly hotels, for us it can actually turn out to be a bit cheaper to bring our dogs along than if we were to board them or find a quality pet sitter. It also enables us to pack more, so we don’t have to buy items on the other side. I’m also just pretty terrible at packing light in general.

To save some money, we look at hotels that allow us to stay with our two dogs for no or just a small fee. Some of our favorite hotel options for this type of stay include Red Roof Inn (affiliate link – Save 10% off with VP Code 604673) and La Quinta. We also try to bring along snacks and even pack lunches, so we don’t have to eat out every single meal. Driving with a passenger also let’s you look out for cheaper places to stop and refuel on gas.

Enjoying New Experiences with Them

Some of my favorite memories since becoming a pet parent are from the trips we have taken with our dogs. I’m lucky to have been able to attend the BlogPaws Conference every year since I started blogging. This conference has also given myself, my boyfriend, and our dogs a reason to drive somewhere new and explore our country. It’s brought us to Nashville, Phoenix, Myrtle Beach, and more. This year we’ll be heading to Kansas City!

One of my favorite memories was when we extended our trip to Phoenix and drove all the way to California and back. We saw so many fun road side attractions and got fabulous photos with Ralph & Luna. I cannot wait to do another road trip through a different part of the country sometime soon.

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Helps Reduce Holiday Stress and Anxiety

Having my dogs with my reminds me to take a few moments and slow things down. It’s really important that I remember that this time of year. Though bringing dogs can add extra responsibilities, I find myself more relaxed having them with me. There is nothing quite like snuggling on a hotel bed or couch with your two favorite pups to cool down after a busy day.

My Dogs Enjoy Travel

It’s true. Initially things didn’t go perfectly, but now they are well traveled and trained. Both Ralph & Luna enjoy staying in hotel rooms and it almost seems like they know a hotel bed is more fun than our bed back home. As soon as we get into our room, they jump right on up as if they know we are on vacation! Not all dogs do well in hotel rooms, so keep that in mind. The last thing you want to do is leave your dog in a room where they get stressed out and annoy neighboring guests by barking their heads off. Know your dog before you travel!

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My dogs have also gotten more comfortable traveling by car. It’s important for me that they are safe in case of any kind of accident, but also comfortable during the ride. No one wants to be stuck in a car for hours while being uncomfortable! That’s why we regularly use our Sleepypod Clickit Sport Harnesses. They are crash tested, extremely well made, and even fashionable. This year Sleepypod launched a new limited edition color based on requests from customers – True Violet. It’s a beautiful color for both male and female dogs. Currently both Ralph & Luna are both rocking it.

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Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. Jessica has been a long time lover of all animals (especially llamas and manatees) and is happy that she can finally combine that love with technology.
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  • Jackie Preas

    Beauregard goes just about every place we do.Holidays are no different.

  • Jennifer Leigh Dace

    Yes. We bring our dog with us as much as we can on vacation. Our vacations include hauling our mules too. We go trailriding for our vacations. πŸ˜‰ Our black tri aussie would look so handsome in violet!

  • Dianne

    Our dog is family too. They celebrate with us!! We just returned from an 11 hour drive to celebrate Thanksgiving with family. My girl would look wooftastic in a violet Sleepypod Clickit Sport! She’s mostly black and looks super in purple and violet shades πŸ™‚

  • Kathy J. McNiel

    Our baby Gidget will most certainly be headed with us to Grandma’s house this season! She would look simply smashing in violet, don’t you think?

  • Brittany Phillips

    Spencer and River come with us to my parents for the holidays. Including my sister’s dog and her 2 cats and my parents 3 dogs, humans are almost out numbered by animals!!! πŸ˜€ River would look great in this purple color! Love that they have a more girly color for the female pups!!! πŸ™‚

  • Melissa

    My sweetie would look fabulous in this! Everywhere I go my sweet dachsund tippy goes with me shes my fur baby

  • ironmaven

    Both my dogs would rock the violet. They come everywhere with us. We also drive for the holidays because we don’t want to put them through the stress of flying. They love it and everyone loves having them at the family functions.

  • Joyce_Ycas

    My dog looks good in violet (and other bright colors). She has flown internationally (in the cabin lol), been driven internationally …. and loves being in strange new places!

  • Heather Kinser

    Yes, Ranger comes with me during holiday travel. My daughter can’t bear to be without him. The violet color is gorgeous and would look adorable on him.

  • Ruth Epstein

    I take Layla with me everywhere and would love one for travel that would make life so much easier for all of us

  • Lava Dogs 808

    We stay home for the holidays, but typically go to the beach on Christmas day and bring the pups with us! Our newly adopted Fluffy Girl would look adorable in the new true violet SleepyPod!

  • Jason Diehl

    Zoey comes along for holidays, but Sammer Jams would rock this violet harness

  • Marilyn Nawara

    We usually leave the dogs home with my son — I miss them while were gone, but it’s much easier to leave them home.

  • Rachel Davis

    we aren’t traveling this year but if we were, she would be there with us! And she would look AMAZING in purple!

  • Linda Szymoniak

    We typically stay home for the holidays (except for a one-day trip to my sister’s on or around Christmas, although we aren’t doing that this year), so my furbabies usually don’t go too far for the holidays. However, we do love to take them to see Santa Paws and of course just go for a long ride, looking at Christmas lights and stopping for a hamburger (no bun) as a treat. I’m adopting a sweet Coonhound girl tomorrow and I have already picked her color (my dogs all have “signature” colors). It’s purple, so this would be perfect for her!

  • Molly Pitcher

    We drive local for the holidays so we always bring the dogs with us. We don’t want to leave them home for a long period of time by themselves. We also want them to enjoy the holidays with us! My dog would look great in this harness and I’d be so happy to keep her safe.

  • Kyle B

    Our pups go where ever we go. They love traveling. Orion, my aussie, would look pretty adorable in true violet.

  • Christine Aiello

    Coco comes with me everywhere! I definitely wouldn’t leave her home by herself on the holidays. If she can’t go then we aren’t going either! Coco would look beautiful in the violet! She’s a girlie girl and is always in girlie colors!

  • Kayla Lussier

    My dog Myla comes everywhere with me. She is my emotional support dog as well as a big part of my family so she is always with us on the holidays. Myla would look beautiful in violet! She’s a husky mix and purples and blues look amazing on her!

  • Amanda Eagan

    Yes, they both join all my holiday activities or I don’t go. They are part of my family so I always include them. Love the purple color for either dog!

  • Carol Ezovski

    We haven’t taken our dog with us when we travel on the holidays; she would look beautiful in this color! I love purple!

  • Shelley P

    Yes, our dogs come along with us when we travel for the holidays. They are family and we include them in all our holiday fun πŸ™‚ Ruby is black and white and would look fabulous in the NEW True Violet color. It would stand out on her and is a very pretty color!

  • Cheryl Chervitz

    I love the violet color, it would look great on my dog. We haven’t taken them to too many places, but they do like to ride.

  • Lisa F.

    I don’t travel during the holidays, but I do take my dogs to my parent’s house for Christmas dinner and gift exchange. Always better with them around!

  • Helga

    We don’t travel during the holidays. Our doxie would look dapper in violet!

  • Kyla Patton

    Luma loves to come along and visit family for the holidays! All the love and playtime is awesome! I think the violet color would look beautiful!

  • Carolyn

    Angel would look amazing in the True Violet color! Angel always travels with me.

  • Barrie

    We love taking our yellow lab mix, Maverick, on trips with us. He is a great rider and feels left out when he can’t go places with us! He would look very handsome in a True Violet Sleepypod, he’d wear it well!

  • Theresa Spaid

    When I go out to my daughter’s place for Christmas I will bring Bandit out

  • Misty

    The dogs always go! They would look great in the NEW True Violet

  • rlweitzel

    Yes, and yes!

  • njweitzel

    Yes, they always go and hopefully the will soon look super sporty in true violet.

  • Michelle

    Maximus would look amazing in the true violet. Our pups go pretty much everywhere. They are kinda spoiled….

  • Becky

    No my dog doesn’t come with me. She wouldn’t get along with my sister’s cat or baby. My dog would look great in violet, that is prettier than the other colors.

  • Ellen Reardon

    He might come this year, now that my dad is hosting! He would look very dapper in the violet color!

  • sandy weinstein

    we dont really travel anywhere for the holidays. we only travel locally. i think the violet would look great on my black and silver girls. i dont travel unless my dogs come with me.

  • Yes, he always goes and so does my daughters dog when we visit each other. They both would look awesome in true violet.

  • Laurie Nykaza

    Our 3 dogs love to go along on our holiday travel. Our pups would look wonderful in the NEW True Violet color its my favorite i love everything purple.

  • Kathy

    I’ve only had Ellie Belle about six months, so we have not done any holiday traveling. But she loves to ride in my truck on short trips. She would look marvelous in True Violet as she is a pale yellow/off white color; lighter than tan, but not white. I guess you could say she is “buff”.

  • Amy A

    I do bring the pups when we travel by car since they enjoy the car ride and Napa would look great in purple

  • Michelle

    Our youngest comes with us. She looks great in purple!