For many pet lovers, holiday traveling without their beloved pet simply won’t do. Taking your pet along can make a holiday event fun for everyone, if you plan carefully.

“When on outings make sure your pet is restrained in the car by either a harness, a pet friendly seat belt, or is safe in a crate, as this protects the pet and the car’s other passengers. It is also important to make sure the seats containing your pet have their air bags deactivated to prevent any unfortunate accidents,” said Sarah Griffin, a lecturer at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. “A pet bed or blanket should be kept with your pet at all times to help keep their anxiety in check.”

While out on the road, Griffin also advises pet owners to make sure to stop about every three or so hours to allow your pet to use the bathroom and drink water.”