Traveling With Your Pet – The Ultimate Vacation

Young woman and her dog traveling together

Leaving your pet at home while traveling may not be the best thing to do!  Have you ever considered traveling with your pet?

They are part of your family and if you are planning on an extended vacation, there is no reason why you can’t take them with you with some adequate planning. Yes, pet travel can make things complicated, but considering the amount of joy they bring us, it might be fun for a chance to have them along.

As far as you prepare accordingly it shouldn’t be a burden! If you have a special connection with your pet, you’re obviously bound to worry if it’s safe or well-fed back at home. More so, pets are an integral part of the family, and you may feel like you are missing out on all the fun just because you did not bring your pet along. So if you are planning on going on that long vacation, don’t forget to save a space for your pet. Wondering how you can bring your pet and have great fun? Here is what you got to do.

Destination Planning

While planning on bringing your pet along on pet-friendly vacation, you should consider arranging for the following:

First, you need to find the destination of your holiday. Some goals do not allow pets probably for the safety of the tourists or to quarantine their animals from contracting some diseases. Some destinations may be pet-friendly but still, have some reservations.

Some destinations may be pet-friendly but still, have some reservations. Arrange for a health certificate from your veterinarian. Getting a health certificate, however, may not be enough, and you may be required to obtain certificates of vaccination for some of the diseases like rabies. 

If you are traveling out of your home country, research the pet travel requirements for your destination ahead of time. Some places require that your pet be put into quarantine for a set period before being let into the country to ensure they do bring some disease with them. Others may require vaccinations or parasite testing months before your arrival. Don’t wait until the last moment to find out what you need to do to bring your furry friend.

Transport Planning

Which mode of travel are you using? In case it’s the airline, check if they allow pets on their planes, and if they do, you may be required to get a certificate of acclimation for your pet.

Get your pet ready for pet travel by purchasing the carrier you will be using during the journey and getting them used to it. Your pet needs to get used to the small of the airline and the shape of it. Let them wander in and out of it as soon as you buy it. Toss some treats in it to encourage them to get inside. Let them take a nap in it. The more comfortable they feel in their travel carrier, the better it will be for them when you embark on your trip.

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Traveling with your pet on an airplane

When you travel with your pet on an airplane, you will be required to remove them from the carrier so it can be screened by the (Transportation Screening Administration (TSA). They have special screening rules for pets that you can find on their website. Most of the time you can carry your pets through the screening process, but if you fear there will be a problem, you can ask the TSA to screen them in a private room.

Every airline has different rules for bringing a pet onboard. You should always try to have your pet flown in the cabin with you, but if they are too big, they may be required to travel in the cargo area if the airline allows it. Your pet’s carrier will need to fit in under the seat in front of you and they should have enough room to stand up and move around. Be aware that there is an extra fee to fly your pet with you.

No matter where you pet flies, make sure their carrier is correctly marked with a “live animal” sticker on all sides as well as a luggage tag with all your personal and pet information. Try not to feed your pet on the day of travel. Water is okay. If you need to, talk to your vet about traveling with your pet on an airplane and see what they recommend to get your pet ready.

Traveling with your pet on car

Flying isn’t the only way to travel when going on vacation. Road trips are just as much fun. To see how your pet will handle riding in a car, start preparing them with short rides. You will be able to gauge how well your pet can handle riding in a vehicle and if they even like it. If they do, then you know a vacation road trip with your furry friend is possible.

Keep things like your pet’s bedding, favorite toys, and other items from home with your pet in the vehicle. It will help them relax because they smell home. Also, plan on taking breaks, not just for yourself, but also for your pet. Always put their leash on them before opening the car door. If you’re traveling with a cat, make sure they have access to a litter box instead of taking them out of the vehicle. You can purchase disposable litter boxes to make this easier.

And never leave your pet alone in your vehicle no matter the weather. Car interiors get hot quickly.

Accommodation Planning

Where are you going to stay? Pet-friendly hotels with veterinary services near them are the best choice.

The last thing you need to consider when planning traveling with your pet is where you are going to lay your head at night. You should be able to find affordable, pet-friendly hotels at your destination with just a little research. Many places charge extra per night per animal, but some don’t and will treat your four-legged friend as well as they treat you. Make sure you follow the rules the hotel has set in place for pets.

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Once done with the planning, it’s time to start packing. Packing for a pet should be a straightforward exercise. This is essential as it determines how comfortable your pet will be during the trip. Arrange for a form of carriage for your pet like a crate. Label the container, for instance, with your name, cell number, and current address. This will help in case you misplace it, someone can track it back to you. Pack enough pet food and clean water. You should always include a harness, first aid kit, and a few medications in case your dog gets sick. Or just simple anti-inflammatory drugs for safety. Lastly, you don’t want to forget your pet’s favorite toys and blanket to keep them busy and comfortable.

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Actual Travel 

The actual travel should be a piece of pie provided you have followed the above. The most important thing is to keep your pet safe and calm. During your journey, don’t leave your pet in the car alone. When going out for a walk or sightseeing, ensure your pet is always on the leash and does not wander too far away from you. This will keep your pet safe from wild animal attacks. 

If you have any reservations about traveling with your pet on vacation, leave them at home. It is better to have a member of the family, a friend or professional pet sitter take care of them. At the same time, you are gone than taking the risk of something happening to your furry family member.

Is traveling with your pet something you’ve always wanted to do but didn’t know how? Now your know-how! Your ultimate family vacation has never been better! 

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