Whether it’s a family trip, couple, or solo travel, we cannot deny that road trips with our beloved pets make the best vacations.
Traveling with an animal, however, comes with a big problem: it often dictates where you can and cannot go. From strict border rules to not-so-pet-friendly hotel accommodation and attraction, your furry baby on board could make your travel harder for you. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it.
If you’re thinking of embarking on exciting adventures with your precious cat, dog, or other animal, here are 9 tips to keep mind.
Make sure your pet is fit for travel
Before anything else, make sure your buddy is physically fit to travel with you.
Aside from consulting your vet, it’s equally important to have a trial run, like a short drive with your pet, before going on a long trip. This way, you can see if they get anxious or car sick.
If you’re flying, make sure your furry baby is fit to fly. If your precious animal is very young, very old, or not in good medical condition, it’s best to leave them at home. Additionally, some breeds don’t travel well in cargo due to breathing difficulties.
Research all the requirements
Traveling overseas with your pooch or kitty? Different countries have different regulations and requirements you must know to avoid inconvenience. Many countries require quarantine periods. Most places require shots for rabies, parvo, and kennel cough.
Prior to visiting a country, call the embassy first and do online research to know more about their requirements.
Have your paperwork ready
Bringing your pet outside the country? Make sure you have their papers. Health certificates are required by airlines, hotels, border authorities, hotels, and more. Consult your vet before embarking on a trip for necessary checkups and vaccinations, as well as the health certificate needed. Also, make sure to keep an electronic copy of these documents. Bring a little kit that includes your pet’s documentation and basic medication.
Identify pet-friendly places
It’s such a bummer to fantasize about reaching the summit with your dog only to find out he’s not allowed on the hiking trails. To prevent such situations, check if your prospect attractions, restaurants, and hotel accommodation are pet-friendly. GoPetFriendly.com, which helps you plan your road trip with your little one, is one helpful website you may rely on.
Don’t bring tons of pet food
Don’t bring huge amounts of pet food, which are likely to overload your luggage. You can easily buy them once you arrive at your travel destination, as long as you know the brand and ingredients that are in the feed.
Choose the right carrier
Flying with your pet? Make sure your carrier is airline-friendly. When picking a suitable carrier for your furbaby, here are points to keep in mind:
- Most airline-approved carriers feature wheels, zipper or Velcro, ventilation, and pockets.
- Your pet should be able to stand without hitting its head and turn around and lie down freely in the carrier.
- If it’s their first time to travel, try to get them used to staying inside their carrier.
- If you’re traveling with a cat, who is likely to be stressed when flying, you can calm your pet down with special sprays designed to eliminate feline anxiety.
- If you’re traveling with a dog, certain supplements do the same thing.
- Put a familiar towel, blanket, and/or toy in the carrier to provide your baby a sense of comfort.
Stay at pet-friendly hotels
Unfortunately, not all hotels love the presence of animals as much as you do. And just because a hotel is family-friendly, doesn’t mean it’s pet-friendly.
When booking a hotel accommodation that says “pet-friendly”, make sure to ask the following questions:
- Are there extra fees for checking in with pets?
- Do you have any size restrictions?
- Do you have pet services?
- What are the rules and restrictions?
- Are there certain areas I cannot access with my pet?
- Is the hotel near animal-friendly parks and attractions?
Think about attaching a second ID tag
Prepare for the worst, like losing your pet during your trip. Chances are, your furbaby is wearing a collar that includes your contact details in case of loss. When traveling, consider attaching a second tag to your pet’s collar, indicating the address and phone number of the hotel you’re staying in during your trip.
Keep them safe and comfortable
Treat your pets like a human kid – they’re adorable alright but they’re delicate, vulnerable, and messy. That said, look after your pet and their needs while on the road.
When going on long road trips, make sure they’re hydrated. Keep their heads and paws inside your vehicle to prevent ear damage and infections. Vets also advise pet owners to stop every two to three hours to use the bathroom and take a walk.
Author Bio: Carmina Natividad is one of the seasoned writers for Holiday Inn Parramatta Hotel, a modern hotel located in the heart of Western Sydney, delivering top-class Parramatta accommodation. She has always been passionate about traveling, taking photos, and writing travel tips and tricks.