The assumption that traveling with pets is something that we need to change. Traveling with your pet is no different than traveling with other members of your family – they need to stay hydrated, entertained, and safe throughout the journey.
Depending on where you are headed, it could be as simple as planning your car ride accordingly or preparing them for a quick flight.
Regardless of how you choose to travel, you need to plan this properly to make sure that both you and your pet reach your destination safely and with the least stress possible.
1. Do not make assumptions
When it comes to traveling, do not assume that you are not allowed to take your pet with you. Unless it is specifically mentioned upfront, there is no harm in asking.
In most cases, you will be surprised to know that most destinations are pet-friendly and to get there, there are a lot of pet-friendly travel options. You will not know unless you try.
2. Keep up to date documents with you
Your pet’s health records are an important part of their travel requirements. Ensure that you keep them safe and have copies on hand just in case. Depending on where you are going, there may be certain forms and certificates required for travel, so make sure that you know what needs to be with you while traveling.
3. Provide entertainment
From toys to ball games and even phone apps, there are so many ways to keep your pet entertained while heading to your holiday destination. This will help to reduce stress and boredom, making the trip less stressful for all involved.
4. Invest in a carrier
In addition to having a crate for traveling purposes, we recommend investing in a pet carrier that can help you carry your pet wherever you may be. A sturdy leash and collar with a name tag will help you keep your pet safe and out of harm’s way.
5. Manage your pet
While most people are accepting of friendly animals, it is important to respect the people around you and keep your pet by your side. You also need to be prepared for possible interaction with other animals.
Also, be sure to pick up any droppings or mess that they may leave behind while out and about. You need to be respectful of the people around you and the environment you are in.
6. Know the rules
Different countries and areas have different rules when it comes to your pet. To start with, border control may require paperwork from your vet while other countries may impose mandatory quarantine. These are things that you need to know beforehand to determine if it is worth your while to bring your pet with you.
Before admitting defeat when it comes to traveling with your pet, do not be afraid to research the area you are going to, and when in doubt, do not be afraid to ask if your accommodation is pet friendly.