It occurred to me this morning that I’ve told you in a number of posts how I pack for Chloe, but I’ve never shown you what the stuff we’ve packed looks like once we settle into a hotel room. Here are some photos from our current hotel (I’ll be writing more about it later, after I’ve had a chance to explore thoroughly).
What you see is a 24″ long Midwest crate, with a cover, three comfy pads, a fleece throw and a water dish. On top is Chloe’s tote (this particular tote is L.L. Bean’s Adventure Tote, in a size Large) and her yellow food kit. Usually, I put her food and water next to her crate, but our room in this hotel is trapezoidal — so her meal station is on a different wall:
No, Chloe’s not in her crate — instead, she’s sacked out on the bed, occupying most of the throw blanket:
The grey sheet is ours — we put it on the bed as soon as we arrive in a hotel room, to protect the sheets. All of this gear fits into Chloe’s suitcase, if we’re flying. If we’re driving, we heave her tote and crate, plus another tote to carry her soft furnishings, into the back of the car.
I think it’s important to have a consistent set-up in the hotel rooms we stay in with Chloe — it keeps me and my husband sane, for one thing, since we always know where to find her food, toys, treats, leash, water bottle, etc. I can’t verify this with Chloe, but I suspect it’s helpful to her too. I do know that she does a circuit of a new hotel room, once we’ve set it up, locating her crate, food station and door bells, and when we say “Crate!” to her, she knows instantly where to go.