If you love taking your pet along when you travel, you are not alone. Millions of responsible, loving pet parents do the same world over. So, whether it is a long weekend, a couple of weeks, or a longer vacation that you are planning, this practical guide to pet-friendly travel is sure to be of help. Read on.
The decision First, you have to decide whether your pet is capable of traveling with you. Consider the following: its species, age, and health condition. Also, ponder over whether they enjoy traveling, or are they the anxious kind.
The destination Deciding on a pet-friendly destination will take some time and effort, but is well worth it. Ensuring that your four-legged friend is not left behind anywhere during your travels is important, and for that to happen, your research now is crucial. Look up destinations that have activities and sights not just for you, but for your pets too. The idea of taking them on the holiday with you is so they are not separated from you right? So, go the whole way.
The travel Now comes the actual travel part. Whatever means of transport you are planning to use, car, boat, train, bus, or airplane, being prepared for it makes sense. Find out the pet policies of the various transport options you have. This would make the actual journey smooth. Find answers to some important questions like:
Which is the best way to travel with your pet for the destination you have chosen?
Which carriers are pet-friendly?
What are the vaccination records or ownership documents you are required to submit/carry with you?
Does your pet need to be sedated for the duration of the trip?
What are the size regulations for the pet enclosure you are permitted to carry?
Will your pet be allowed to travel beside you or will they be held somewhere else onboard the transport?
When should you feed them, and will there be any bathroom breaks for them?
What is the cost involved for your pet to travel along with you?
The baggage Pack your pet’s collar, leash, food and water bowls, their beds, name tags, toys, special food and treats, and medicines if any, in multiples. It is always good to have spares/extras when you are away from home. Carry all mandatory documentation/permission letters safely. Make sure both your pet and its enclosure have clear identity tags on them with your name, address, and contact number. Find out if vaccination tags (like for rabies) need to be displayed on the animal at all times.
Wherever you are staying, a hostel, motel, lodge, hotel, or a resort, make sure your pets are welcome. Call ahead and learn about their pet policies.
Planning might seem like an arduous task, but do not underestimate the comfort and peace of mind that comes with being well prepared, especially when you travel with your pet.