Truck Driving with a Pet Travel Companion

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Truck drivers can get lonely sometimes with so much time spent on the road. However, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself occupied and happy–namely, by bringing along a pet travel companion wherever and whenever you go! Pet travel companions are a great way to alleviate loneliness and stress and add joy to any day! Read below to find out everything that goes into choosing a pet travel companion, getting all the paperwork set with your truck driving company to ensure safety for all, and caring for them while on the road. 

What types of truck drivers can have a travel companion?

Although you may want a travel companion for every journey, it’s crucial to consider the best moments, places, and periods to bring a pet along. For example, if you’re just traveling for an hour (or two), it may not be worth dealing with all the accouterments that come with a pet travel companion. 

With that being the case, the types of truck drivers who benefit from a pet travel companion are those who are gone for more extended periods and travel more distance. Over-the-road (OTR) truck drivers are most likely to benefit from having a pet travel companion. Being on the road for a long time can get lonely and even monotonous! Having a pet to care for and keep OTR truckers company is an excellent addition to any journey. 

What types of animals count as travel companions?

Cats and dogs are among the clearest immediate choices for pet travel companions. But are there other types of pets that make great travel companions? Here are some options for pet travel companions, including the possible benefits and detractors. 


Dogs are one of the most common types of travel companions. You’ll want to research the breed of dog you’d like, as their energy levels and size are something to consider when truck driving. Dogs will need regular potty breaks, walks, and some loving! Some dog breeds to consider are: pugs, chihuahuas, miniature schnauzers, maltese, boston terriers, dachshunds, and labrador retrievers. 


Cats are the other most common type of travel companion. Unlike dogs, they don’t need to be walked or let out frequently. However, you must keep a litter box inside your cab–which is something to remember. You’ll have to consider if you’re willing to be in an enclosed space with a litter box for long periods and if you’re ready to clean it out frequently. If you are willing, a cat may be your perfect travel companion!


Although not the first in mind, bunnies–like cats–are a great, smaller option. Bunnies require penned and toilet areas, so you’ll have to weigh how much space you’re willing to delegate to your pet travel companion. 

Parrots/Small Birds

One of the rarer options, birds could be fun as a travel companion. They have big personalities and require less space than a dog or cat. Parrots, though, can live an extremely long time–so be prepared to have a buddy for life!

Guinea Pigs

Another small pet idea is guinea pigs. They live for about ten years and only require a cage. If you have the space, guinea pigs can make sweet companions!

Rats, Mice, or Hamsters

Like guinea pigs, rats, mice, and hamsters can make an adorable pet travel companion! They’re smaller and thus take up less room, but they are still cute as a button and can alleviate stress as you care for them and help develop their personalities on the road. Rats are also incredibly affectionate and intelligent, although they don’t live long–typically only 2-3 years. 

Do I have to have a travel companion?

The short answer to this question: no! While you don’t have to have a pet travel companion–or a travel companion–it can be a great way to give yourself someone else to care for, keep yourself company, and add a little extra something to your journey! Although you must follow some rules and regulations when getting a petr travel companion, it’s all worth it in the end!

Is it complicated to get a travel companion?

Although not complicated, there are some hoops you have to jump through to get your pet travel companion. 

  • First, you must ensure your company allows pets on trips. Some may see them as a distraction and thus create rules and regulations against them. On the other hand, some companies may allow them–but they just have some rules you must follow. 
  • Secondly, you must ensure your pet has all of its vaccinations. Suppose you’re traveling across the state or other borderlines. In that case, it’s essential to have their vaccinations up to date and all the paperwork together in case an accident occurs between your animal and another animal or your animal and another person. 
  • Thirdly, you must ensure your cab is outfitted correctly for a pet. What does your pet need? Check to see what your pet requires and if it fits into your truck cab before deciding if you should bring them along. 

Can I bring other types of companions?

Pet travel companions aren’t the only companions you can bring, though. Many companies–which you must check depending on your own company–allow truck drivers to bring along friends and/or family members on trips. Although you can only bring a certain number of people due to space, it is possible to bring people along with you! That way, you can have someone to talk to as you drive long hours. Even better would be having a pet and a friend or family member along! You’ll just need to check with your company to ensure pets or friends/family won’t be distracting. 

Are you looking to get a pet travel companion?

If you’d like to learn more about pet travel companions and truck driving, contact Truck Driver Institute today to learn more. We’ll help you discover everything you need and can even get you started on earning your CDL!

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