Going The Distance: Travel Tips For the Cuckoo Cat Lady

Now that I have a few minutes to relax, I can finally write. June was a crazy month and honestly flew right by for me.
I recently decided to move back to Iowa to work things through with my partner. So while my mother was in-and-out of doctors appointments, I was slowly packing up my things.
I’m no amateur when it comes to moving. I grew up traveling the world with my family. I know what it’s like to pack up a whole house in boxes and reopen them sometime later in a new home, new country. I’ve even traveled across country a few times now (with my cats!).

Below are just some tips I’ve found handy traversing the lands.

  1. Self Medicate
    I chose this as my #1 tip because maintaining your medication regimen is extremely important and sometimes life saving!
    Being a person who takes a handful of pills a day, making sure I have enough for my trip is top priority.
    As soon as you find out you’re traveling somewhere check that you have enough of your meds. If you’re planning on vacationing for an extended period of time, ask your doctor to setup refills. And, check where the closest pharmacy is to wherever you’ll be staying, in case of an emergency.
    *This goes for your pets medications too. Do NOT wait to the last minute to refill their meds.*

1.5 Collect them like seashells
If you take a rainbow of pills, get yourself a decent pillbox. Since I take my medications in the evening, I like the two week count boxes. I packed up most of my medications the week before leaving for this trip. My box held enough to get me through that week and the past few days of traveling.
Not only does a box make the little OCD part of my brain squeal, but it honestly helps me keep track of my medications.

Photo by Anastasiia Ostapovych on Unsplash

2. Pack the Essentials
Okay, so that may seem like a no-brainer, but people over pack all the time. And it’s easy
to see why. You get excited or stressed and think you need the extra options. But you
don’t actually need them. It’s alright to have a those spare undies and maybe an
additional outfit in case of an emergency. Packing just what you really need saves space
(and weight!) in your luggage. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to bring home more
souvenirs without purchasing that last minute Duty Free bag. And personally, it gives
me peace of mind knowing what I need is easily accessible, rather than trying to
remember which bag my bras are in.

3. Pet Friendly Hotels
Websites can be deceiving. They
may say they are pet friendly, but
really only accept dogs.
One thing I learned, is even if the
chains website states they accept
both cats & dogs, each hotel has
different rules.
Double check by calling the hotels
in person before booking.

Photo by Kate Stone Matheson on Unsplash

3.5 Cat Hotels
These are the hotels that I have personally been able to book with my cats.
Motel 6, Super 8, AmericInn, & Quality Inn. Motel 6’s are nice because they have
laminated flooring, which is much easier to clean and keep clean from pests that
may harm your pet.

4. Pack Smart
So, if you’re ever on a road trip across the United States like I was, you’ll want your car
organized. Now, I had more items packed than the average Jo, but that’s because I was
taking a whole room full of things with me. If you’re just traveling with a few bags and
your pet, you’ll probably have more space. Either way, being a Tetris master will be
helpful. Since your pet will most likely be in the backseat of your car, I suggest packing
what you need with you in the hotel back there too. Everything comes out of one place
and you don’t have to rummage through your trunk for that extra cat or dog bowl.

5. Gas Guzzler
There’s nothing like the fear of
running out of gas in the middle
of nowhere. I swear.
Pay attention to your GPS or map
for long stretches of road. There
are few rest stops and even fewer
gas stations. Before hitting the
scenic route, fill up your gas.
And this may seem extensive, but
keeping above half a tank most
of the trip saved me from roadside
meltdowns.

Photo by Jordan Whitfield on Unsplash

6. SNACKS
Can this one be anymore obvious? Pack those darn snacks. You will want them.
I promise! Bring a small cooler with you to pack your favorite sugary or energy drink
(whatever keeps you awake!) and favorite munchies. And if you want to save money,
pack yourself a lunch or buy pre-made lunches to help your through the day.

7. Money Tree
This tip is another big no-brainer,
but stuff happens. Anyhoos, always
carry cash & coins with you.
Depending on the route, you may
hit cash only tolls. Or, if you’re
traveling oversees, public
restrooms require coin entry.

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