When you’re planning a trip, you have dozens of details to worry about. If you add a pet to the mix, those details may begin to feel overwhelming. This information I provide below will help you and your pet navigate every phase of the journey. At the end of this article, I will also provide you with a variety of options if you prefer not to travel with your pet.
Prepare for your Traveling
Pre-travel preparation is one of the most important parts of successfully traveling with or without a pet. By making the right plans, you can save yourself and your pet much discomfort or even trouble.
1. If you are taking a long car ride, try taking several shorter rides in the weeks before, gradually increasing the time & distance to acclimate your pet.
2. If you are flying, make sure you show up with plenty of extra time. Go on a long walk at the airport so they have time to expend energy & do the necessary bathroom functions so they are comfortable.
3. If you are using a crate, make sure the crate fits any requirements for flight travel or fits snugly in the car. The last thing you want in the car is for the crate to shift around or even tip over.
4. Pad your crate with your pet's favorite blankets, toys, or even maybe an article of your own clothing. The key is to make your pet's crate as cozy & familiar as possible.
5. If you are not using a crate, always ensure your pet is correctly restrained in the car or flight. Use harnesses to buckle them in. Allowing your pet free range in your car can be dangerous.
Research any rules for travel
If you are flying, most airlines have requirements & guidelines available on their website. As before, I have taken all those websites & left quick links below.
If you are driving, make sure you have researched any paperwork requirements for the state or country you are traveling to. Some states require just a Rabies Certificate while others require a full Health Certificate. Having all your necessary documents in a folder or other organization binder will keep any trip/travel stress free & easily accessible.
Pack a Pet Travel Bag
This list can vary depending on your pet's needs & mode of transportation, but it's a good starting list.
1. Pet food
2. Small collapsible bowl
3. Medications & pet first aid items
4. Any required travel documents
5. Pet's favorite toy/blanket
7. Your vet's contact information
Schedule a Pre-trip Vet Checkup
Maybe not always a necessity, but taking a quick trip to your vet's office prior to a trip allows you to get any paperwork needed like Health Certificates, Rabies Certificate, & also update any lapsing vaccinations, & purchase more Heartworm, Flea & Tick prevention for your pet to keep them safe on your travels.
What if traveling with your pet isn't an option....
There is an app/website that now allows you to hire a dog sitter to either house sit/pet sit for you while you are on vacation & also allows you to become a pet sitter if you so desire. I have linked their website below in addition to copying their website description below. You can find pet sitters for both dogs & cats so make sure to check them out if you are looking for a boarding alternative.
About Rover (From their Website): "Rover connects pet parents with a nationwide network of dog lovers who can't wait to watch their dog. Search for nearby dog sitters, day care providers, and dog walkers who’ll help care for your pet—at their place or yours. By removing common pet care obstacles, Rover ensures dogs nationwide are happy and well-cared for even when their human is away, and empowers dog lovers to live happy and fulfilling lives.
In addition to connecting pet parents with the best neighborhood pet care, the Rover platform offers the Rover Guarantee for all services booked through Rover, 24/7 support and vet consultation, mobile apps, photo and video sharing, and general background checks for sitters and dog walkers."
I hope that this article has given you a little more information for your next adventure with or without your pet(s).