Everyone we know is out of town right now — and we hope you are, too. We’d like to think you’re reading this under a beach umbrella with a tropical drink in hand and your pup curled up beside you. Or maybe you and Bella are relaxing at your campsite after an adventurous day of hiking in the mountains. Wherever you are with your canine, make sure you follow her advice so that your vacation is as fun and carefree as possible. Because if you’re stressed out, you’re doing it wrong!

1. Pack light.

Obviously bring all the canine (and human) essentials. But let’s be honest — who wants to haul heavy suitcases around all day?

Carley the longhaired Dachshund helps pack.

2. Buckle up.

We want you and your animal to get to your destination safely. Why take any risks?

Sophie wears Doggles in the car.

3. Be helpful.

Offer to pitch the tent or make dinner. Play to your strengths.

Miley the black Lab mix at a campsite

4. Don’t forget to take naps.

The longer, the better.

Nitto the Boxer puppy naps in a hammock

5. Make new friends.

You never know whom you’ll meet on vacation.

Hashee the Labrador and Basil the terrier mix at the beach

6. Try something new.

Now’s the perfect time to take up kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, boating, rock climbing, yoga, etc. Or just to take it easy. We’re not judging.

Cooper the Border Collie with kayaks

7. Take in the view.

You don’t want to miss moments like these.

Maya, Sally and Timber the yellow Labs are all smiles at Strang Ranch in Colorado

Lumpy the Schnauzer in the Caribbean

Thomas the shepherd mix poses in front of beautiful scenery.