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Moving with Pets

Moving to a new place can be taxing for anyone; more so if you are moving with pets. In America, more than 60% consider their pets to be members of their family, hence when they move to a new home, they do everything to guarantee the comfort and safety of all their non-human family members during the mayhem of moving.

To ensure the well-being and protection of your pets when relocating, always make sure that you hang on to your pet’s documentation and keep it safe with you. Moving with pets can be an upheaval. You don’t want to lose them in the commotion hence ensure that your pets are wearing collars or tags for proper identification or better still, micro-chipped them. It is also good advice to consult your vet before moving with pets to ensure that your darlings are in good health for traveling.

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It would also be to your advantage if you keep your pet’s certificate of good health with you while traveling (especially if you are moving to another state) since most states will require one. In the mayhem of moving out and packing of things, your pet might stray into one of the boxes by mistake or might get hurt if you will leave them unsecured. Hence, you should ensure that they are secured while everyone is busy packing things, lest they might accidentally be packed into one of the boxes.

To avoid undue stress when moving with pets, it is well-recommended to plan your relocation well beforehand and prepare your pets for the move. The usual pets that most American families have are cats and dogs, unless of course if you are someone who prefers to raise bunnies, birds, monkeys or fishes as one of your non-human family members. Anyway, depending on the kind of pet you have, you need to prep them up for the move.

You should know that dogs are more tolerant of change in environment hence relocating your dogs won’t yield much of a problem. However, felines are more sensitive to their environment. This must be partly because we tend to interact with our dogs more, walk them in the parks and take them to other places. We don’t usually do this with our felines. Cats are actually more fixated on their environment. They don’t acclimatize to change as eagerly as canines and may display stress-induced changes in behavior.

To help your pets prepare for the move, you should help them adapt gradually to the relocation by acclimatizing them to it. Hence, if your cat is not used to being put in a carrier, gradually train her to go inside it, instead of scuttling under the table to doze. You can probably induce her to go inside the carrier by putting a favorite toy, blanket or something else that would definitely lure them inside. If you will just put her inside the carrier on the day of moving, you will definitely be confronted with defiant meows and antics. Better train and prepare them before the big day to avert any untoward scene with your feline.

While canines are easier to bring along on a short car trip, they might be a little vexed with very long rides. Hence, you might want to acclimatize him gradually over the weeks leaving to your relocation. Canines should be restrained or put in a carrier during the move especially if you are traveling with him in a vehicle. Unrestrained, dogs unexpected movements can compromise your safety while driving. There is also a great likelihood that your dog might escape from the vehicle and that would be a problem. Moving with pets need not be stressful if you make sure that everything and everyone is ready for it.

Smart Packing Tips to Make Traveling Much Easier

Regardless if you are camping or if you are travelling abroad, you will need a supply for your travels to keep you safe, comfortable, and connected. For many travellers, packing is considered to be something that can be done in the most precise and the fastest manner possible, since travelling requires moving around from one place to another. Just putting everything you use in one bag haphazardly can cause you to waste a lot of bag space, be less efficient with your things, and make travelling very uncomfortable for you. Therefore, aside from knowing the things that you should and should not do when travelling, here are some smart packing ideas that you might find useful in your journeys.

The goal of smart packing ideas is to help you put all of the things that you require in your journey in one bag. Most travelers make the mistake of bringing too much, and, consequently, making carrying these bags a tedious job. It also makes moving around from one place to another very tiring. Therefore, the first thing that you ought to do to make things simpler is to begin with using a small bag.

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It is natural for humans to feel the need to fill empty spaces. Therefore, to fulfill this without having to make things uncomfortable for you, you can begin with smaller bags. The largest carry-on bag is 22”x14”x9”, but for starters, you will not be using that. Once you have your bag, put everything that you will need and fill up all the spaces that you can see. Begin by putting hygienic materials such as toothbrush, toothpaste, and the like. Next, put on your clothing, and then the gadgets that you will be using in your travels.

The next thing that you will do is to plan the clothing that you will bring. Another common mistake that a lot of people make is to bring one outfit to wear per travel day. This can be problematic since more clothes mean more weight for you to carry. Early on in the process of planning, look for pieces that can be interchangeable which are all based on just one color, and wear each of these pieces more than once. The clothes that you will pack should be ones that you feel comfortable to wear. Fashion should not be your top concern when you are planning your clothing for travel.

Next, still regarding clothing, make sure that you only pack small clothing items. Do not bring with you bulky shoes or big jackets (if not necessary). When it comes to shoes, make sure that you do not pack more than three pairs, regardless of how much time you will spend travelling. To make things much more convenient when you travel, aside from minimizing the size of the clothing, if you can, also, ensure that you buy quick-drying clothing socks, underwear, and tee shirts.

Finally, do your best to avoid analyzing your packing too much. Avoid the “what-if” personality and focus on bringing exactly what you need only. If you follow these smart packing ideas, you can make your travels much more comfortable, regardless of how long they are going to be.