A dog sits on top of a suitcase next to a car packed for travel

Traveling with your furry friend can be done without too much hassle, but it requires careful planning and preparation to ensure a smooth and safe journey for both of you. Whether you’re embarking on a road trip or hopping on a plane, these tips will help make traveling with your pet a breeze.

Vet examining a dog’s eyes

Visit the Vet

Before you hit the road or take to the skies, schedule a visit to the veterinarian. Ensure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations and obtain all necessary documentation, especially if you’re traveling internationally. Being on top of the paperwork is half the battle in travel, and pets are no exception. Be sure to ask the vet if air travel is right for your pet, as some breeds of dogs and cats don’t respond well to air travel. If your pet is dealing with heat- or stress-related ailments, air travel might make the problem worse, so always talk with the vet before traveling. If you must go and can’t find someone to take care of your pet, book a direct flight, as one long ride is better than multiple short flights for the health of your furry family member. 

Cat tucked into a bed

Pet-Friendly Accommodations

Being a responsible pet owner means knowing what to do and where to go during any unexpected situation, especially when you are no longer in an area you are familiar with. Know where the nearest veterinarian is, and know what to do if your pet is quarantined during your trip and who to speak with to make sure your pet is safe. Book a pet-friendly hotel, or if you choose not to travel with your pet, book a trusted pet sitter or pet boarding house for peace of mind during your vacation. Finally, make sure your pet’s collar has the appropriate information should they get lost.

Supplies for the Trip

Being a prepared pet parent means bringing all that you need with you to take care of your pets. You will require the fundamentals of pet care, like food, water, and medicine. Leashes and pet waste bags are important to bring. And just because your exercise routine may be on hold, doesn’t mean your pet’s should be. Bring some toys for your pet to play with during your downtime, and some puppy pads, if needed, so you don’t have to worry about potty mishaps in the hotel or car. No matter if you are traveling by plane, boat, or car, bring all pet supplies in one bag for quick and easy access on the move.

Paws On Patrol

If your trip requires your pets traveling in the car with you then plan for frequent stops to allow your pet to stretch their legs, relieve themselves, and stay comfortable. Remember to give all the food, water, medicine, bathroom breaks and exercise before the ride rather than in a moving vehicle or having to take unnecessary breaks. If you use a crate, make sure to use the seat belt to secure the crate, otherwise it will rattle around and annoy your furry friend. If you don’t use a crate, make sure they won’t jump into the front and distract the driver or cause an accident. Research pet-friendly rest areas or parks along your route where your pet can safely enjoy a break. Be sure to clean up after your pet and dispose of waste properly. Finally, never leave your four-legged family members locked in a hot car for any amount of time, as cars build up heat quickly like an oven, so just save yourself the headache and use a leash.  

Woman smiling and holding dog

Traveling with your beloved pet can be a rewarding and memorable experience with the right preparation and care. By following these tips, you can ensure a safe and stress-free journey for both you and your furry friend. Remember to plan ahead, prioritize your pet’s comfort and well-being, and make the necessary arrangements to accommodate their needs throughout the trip. With careful planning and attention to detail, you and your pet can create beautiful memories together while exploring new destinations!