Things Owners Need To Know About Pet Travel

Jacqui Coombe

In recent years, pet travel has become more popular than ever before. As such, seeing a pet on your friend’s holiday or following a pet travel page on social media might inspire you to take your pet on your next holiday.

In the background though, there has been a lot of planning, trial runs and even vet visits that have led up to that moment. With this in mind, there are a few pet travel tips that individuals can employ to make the process easier.

10 pet travel tips

Travelling with a pet can open up a whole new world of fun and adventure. However, before the true fun can begin, there is a lot of planning and research that needs to be undertaken. With the help of a few tips and tricks, pet travel can be relatively seamless.

1. Visit the vet

Before booking a plane ticket, hiring a car or purchasing travel accessories for your pet, start with a visit to the vet. Your vet will be able to provide you with health information and it might have the potential to limit your travel options.

Additionally, your vet will also be able to talk through options such as the required vaccinations and the benefits of pet insurance when travelling. Being informed about your pet’s wants and needs truly shapes travel planning.

2. Choose an appropriate transport mode

Armed with your vet’s advice, you may decide that a plane is the best mode of transport for your pet. Depending on your pet’s size, they may be able to board the plane. However, if your pet is a larger breed, they will have to travel as cargo.

For those looking for other modes of travel, there are car, sea and train options. For those travelling by sea or train, you will typically need to purchase tickets for your pet. When it comes to car travel, the only requirement is that your pet is properly restrained.

3. Buy the right accessories

Depending on your travel vessel, you will need to buy a variety of different accessories in order to ensure your pet’s comfort. However, pets travelling by all modes will still need leashes, collars and harnesses.

More specifically, a plane trip will require a carrier. When buying a carrier, size is important. You typically want enough room for your pet to turn around. Those travelling by sea may want to purchase a life vest. Meanwhile, those embarking on a road trip will need car restraints.

4. Research accommodation options

While you may want to stay in a luxurious resort, that particular accommodation may not allow pets. As such, you will need to research pet friendly accommodation options. However, you also want to make sure that these hotels, motels or homes are clean.

Another important aspect is location. While the hotel may be pet friendly, a location that isn’t central to common landmarks or amenities might prove difficult. Especially when you consider that pets can only walk so far without becoming tired.

5. Find pet friendly activities

Much like finding accommodation, it’s also important to research and book pet friendly activities. Additionally, if you would like to go abseiling, you will need to think about where you will leave your pet in the meantime and how they will be looked after in your absence.

6. Consider pet insurance

Much like travel insurance for humans, pet insurance can provide extra peace of mind when travelling. This is especially prudent when you consider that 82% of dogs require one or more vet visits every year while 64% of cats need to see the vet at least once every year.

7. Pack your pet’s bag

When packing your own suitcase, it’s important to also pack a bag for your pet. This bag will include creature comforts like toys and bedding as well as important things such as your pet’s food, their medication and poo bags.

8. Conduct a trial run

Where possible, it’s always advisable to get your pets used to travelling. For example, before embarking on a 10 hour road trip, take your pets for car trips that gradually increase in duration. This may help to calm feelings of stress and anxiety.

9. Plan your route

Whether travelling to the airport, train station or seaport or embarking on a road trip, planning a route is easy. For those travelling by plane, sea or train, planning the route provides a final opportunity for potty time while planning a road trip route lets you allot stops.

10. Be mindful of other travellers

The final tip is to be mindful of other travellers. Not everyone in the world likes animals so try to be wary of personal space. Additionally, always try to leave spaces as you found them. This means picking up after your pet.

Travelling with a furry friend

Travelling with a pet can be a super rewarding process. However, it can also be stressful. By taking the time to plan ahead, you can ensure that humans and pets alike can have a great time on holiday.

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Jacqui Coombe has been a prolific reader since childhood, and now channels her love of the written word into writing content on a range of topics from business, marketing and finance to travel and lifestyle.

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