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5 Tips to Travel Sustainably With Your Dog

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Bringing your furbaby to different destinations would be a fun and memorable way to build a stronger bond between the two of you. 

However, to make sure your travel plans would work according to plan, you must consider more things than usual. 

To make the planning easier for you, here are 5 tips to travel sustainably with your dog.

Bring All The Essentials

If you’re thinking, ‘Ah, we’ll only be out for a weekend, just a few packs of food and water would be enough.’ You’re actually under-packing.

It doesn’t mean you have to bring more food. It just means there are more things than food that should always be with you, especially when you’re traveling far. 

Some essential travel items to be brought for your dog are:

  • Your pup’s medications
  • Dog grooming items - you never know when ‘muddy accidents’ happen
  • A dog harness - a multipurpose one that you can use for walks or a dog car harness helps!
  • Contact info of your dog’s vet along with your dog’s medical records and health certificates - it would save you from ending your vacation prematurely and going back home with a sick pup
  • Your dog’s first aid kit
  • Dog food, treats, and water bottle along with their feeding bowls
  • Waste bags
  • A leash and a collar indicating where you’d be staying during your trip
  • Dog crate or kennel
  • Your dog’s favorite toy
  • A dog bed

Check Pet Guidelines

This is especially important when using public transportation.

Do extra research and make sure that your chosen mode of transport is pet-friendly.  

Some public transportation would allow dogs that are properly leashed. Others would require dogs to be placed in dog carriers, kennels, or crates for maximum security. 

It’s also best to mention you’re bringing a dog with you when booking a flight. In this way, the airline would be able to properly accommodate you and give you a better explanation of their pet policies.

Train Your Dog For Travel

If it’s her first time to travel, it is possible for a well-trained dog to misbehave. To prevent this, you can have a dry run of what it would feel like traveling, especially before a long trip.

Take her out on a short ride at first and observe her behavior. Is she enjoying the sights or is she feeling nervous and motion-sick?

To prevent her from panicking, it’s best to bring a companion that would keep her calm and help her clean up if ever she gets too sick during the ride.

Properly Secure Your Dog

Restraining your dog may give her less freedom while traveling, but it is for the best when ensuring everyone’s safety.

Just like us, a sudden movement of any moving vehicle may cause minor to severe injuries to a dog. It’s also dangerous if you let her be free enough to bring her head out of the window. For this reason, a dog-friendly seatbelt should be worn at all times. 

May it be a harness or a kennel, make sure that your dog is comfortable with it prior to a trip. This will prevent unnecessary panic to your dog, and would not make her think that she’s trapped or is being punished. 

Give Your Dog Maximum Comfort

Dogs can get motion-sickness too. So it's best to give them maximum comfort while on the road. 

Make sure that she isn’t full to reduce feeling sick. However, water should be available to keep her hydrated.

Moreover, keep her area well-ventilated. If there is no air-conditioning on the back part of your car where you decided to secure her, it would be recommended to roll down the windows to give her enough fresh air.

In addition, make sure to stop every now and then for some stretching, and potty breaks. Do not forget to give her light meals especially when on a long journey.

Traveling with your furbaby would mean adding more things to your to-do list prior to the trip. But if it means more memories to tell and laugh about, wouldn’t that be worth it?

Sustainable Laundry Tips for Fashion Clothes

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Each generation has its fashion trend, and the clothing industry has always produced several fashionable clothes. Mass production has an environmental impact and social impact, which makes us conscious of fashion’s eco-footprint. Thus, we find sustainable laundry tips to improve the total life span of clothes.

We might not be aware that doing laundry could be a great contributor to climate change and environmental pollution. Luckily, there are ways to reduce the impact of washing clothes through sustainable laundry tips.

As laundry is a must-have chore to all households, it should be our initiative to encourage each other to go green. Let us practice these sustainable laundry tips for fashion clothes.

General Sustainable Laundry Tips

Here are four general sustainable laundry tips that you could try to help the environment and keep your clothes extend their life span.

Use Cold Water When Washing Clothes

Washing machines consume more energy by heating the water, but it could help save hundreds of pounds of carbon a year if you wash on cold water.

Aside from the green effect of cold water when washing clothes, it helps laundry detergent give out its best capacity. Some laundry detergents have enzymes that are most effective with cold water.

Moreover, cold water helps prevent your favorite clothes from fading and shrinking.

Air-Dry Clothes

The dryer machine is one of the household appliances that use energy intensively. If you have a backyard to install line drying or space in your apartment for a drying rack, you could use the air-drying method than the drying machine.

Air-drying clothes provides countless benefits, from harnessing renewable energy to extending the life of the fabric. 

But, if you have a small space that could not accommodate space for air-drying, you can get an energy-efficient drying machine.

Dry on Lower Heat in Longer Period

If you do not have space in your home or apartment for line drying, you could efficiently use your dyer machine. You could cut short energy consumption by a fraction by setting the dryer on lower heat for a more extended period. 

Stop the dryer before your clothes will bone-dry. Aside from saving time and energy, you are protecting your clothes from wrinkles and help it look new for a longer period. Moreover, if you are still deciding on getting a dryer, choose an energy-efficient appliance.

Do Not Use Chemicals

Some laundry detergents and fabric conditioners contain an overwhelming amount of toxic chemicals that we are unaware of. It is time to put a halt on using detergents that contain harmful chemicals. As these chemicals are dangerous to our health, it is detrimental to the fabrics of our clothes. 

Carefully choose the laundry cleaning products you use. You may also create homemade laundry detergents. Common household ingredients can be used for your homemade laundry detergents. 

Sustainable Laundry Tips for Fashion Clothes

As we know, our fashion clothes are made from different garments, and we have to take good care of them during laundry. We can’t risk washing our fashionable clothes without expert knowledge. If you are not confident, hire a laundry service and let the experts do it for you.

Bamboo Fabric

Clothes made from bamboo or cotton are pre-shrunk. They are low maintenance. You can safely wash them with machines. However, if your fashion clothes are made from !00% bamboo, you have to dry clean them, it may shrink with regular washing.

Hemp Fabric

You can safely wash your casual shirt and jeans that are made out of hemp cotton. However, you have to be careful because they get softer over time. You need to wash them delicately and avoid using harsh detergent.

Linen Fabric

You can wash your garments made of linen if they are pre-treated with wrinkle-reducing chemicals. But, remember we should avoid using harsh chemicals to help our environment. Thus, it would be safe to dry clean these delicate fabrics.

Organic Cotton

Most clothes are made from organic cotton. Each of us owns a shirt or everyday wear, and we all know they are suitable for regular washing. You can safely wash them with your washing machine without the worry of damaging your clothes. 

Organic Wool

Check the label of your clothes made of organic wool if they are washable with machines. Almost wool items need to be dry cleaned. Do not be complacent with using shrink-reducing chemicals as washing them through a machine could distort them.

Recycled Polyester

Clothes that are made with recycled polyesters are jackets and fleece pullovers. They are light and sturdy clothes that can be washed in machines., 

There are several clothes, no matter what fabric they are made of, are labeled with “dry clean only.” That would be a good reason for opting to have a laundry service have your clothes for dry cleaning to make sure you won’t damage your garment from using your regular washing machine.