It's almost summer, and that, of course, means taking your pet on vacation. Well, okay, Kitty gets to stay home where she's more comfortable, but Pooch? Gotta grab that guy and go! Car travel is generally the easiest way to travel with a pet, although that doesn't mean it's foolproof. But Janine Franceschi, owner of Pet-Friendly Accommodations Worldwide, says there's an abundance of gear to help. Here are a few items aimed at safety and convenience. Washington Post
Hanging out: The water-resistant Quilted Reversible Hammock Pet Seat Cover will let your pet stretch out without letting hair or, ahem, an accident ruin the upholstery. $80 at www.hunterk9.com.
Happy meals: The lightweight Travel-tainer from Gamma keeps dry food sealed airtight and fresh. Plus, unscrew the top and bottom to make food and water bowls. $20 at Petco stores and www.petco.com.
Road-trip warrior: As much fun as it may be for your pet to slide around the back seat while you work the accelerator, a Cozy Car-Go Pet Car Seat aims to keep him safely in place for the long haul. $55 at www.upscalepup.com.
Ban rays: Doggles aim to protect your pet's eyes from UV rays and from airborne dirt that could damage the eyes of pooches that like to hang their head out the car window. $22 at www.doggles.com.