Here are 15 travel tips for pet owners who need a travel partner. If you are planning to go somewhere, but don’t want to go alone, bring your dog. If you’re expecting someone to travel with, bring your dog!
Don’t wait for them to agree to that long-awaited baecation, go with your pup. Traveling alone can be scary for some, but imagine taking your pet on a trip. They have already proven to be a great companion for you, why not see if they are a great travel partner? Realistically, they are also an additional self-defense weapon. Constantly alert and ready to defend, bringing your dog for your travel companion could really be a smart move.
The logistics of taking your dog on your next vacation are usually pretty straightforward. Car trips, for example, would only require you to prepare all the things for your pup and put them in the car. Consider motion sickness. Plan breaks for walks and water. Airlines, hotels and overseas travel can be a bit more complex. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
Travel advice for pet owners includes things you need to know about planning, what to expect when you arrive, and how to get the most out of your pet with you. For more tips on traveling with pets and traveling solo, visit @sailing_dipity on Instagram.
Find pet-friendly hotels
Always accept pets when it comes to the hotel. There are a plethora of options, but if you’re looking for a no-fail option, try W Hotels. They are all pet friendly and really pet friendly. They will greet your pet by name upon arrival. Bowls and a bed are in the room when you arrive. The list of W hotels is also plentiful, so you and your fur baby will always feel at home when you’re not home.
Few pet-friendly hotels allow you to bring your fur baby without paying a pet fee. A daily charge or standard charge for the entire stay is normal. Some are more reasonable than others, so do the research.
Some cities around the world are much more pet-friendly than others. Paris, Seattle, and Rome top the list of the most pet-friendly countries. Here, you can expect to find more than just pet-friendly hotels. Your pet will get the royal treatment with bowls, beds, leashes and more.
Plan pet-friendly activities
Dog walkers and day spas might appeal to your pup. Hikes, dog parks, days at the beach, or even a restaurant with a menu just for your four-legged friend can be added to the list of activities. Just make sure that some of the activities you plan include or focus on your pup.
Prepare a diaper bag for your pooch
Portable bowls, extra food, water and a blanket are the bare necessities. A kennel, treats, toys, and clothes could complement the dog diaper bag.
Bring the shooting records
Always bring your puppy records with you when you take your dog on vacation. Just in case there is a pet groomer you MUST use, or in case of an emergency. Shot records are always useful.
Are you going abroad? Do this!
Since we’re talking paperwork, let’s talk about taking pets overseas or anywhere outside of your home country. Although it seems like a complicated process, it usually isn’t.
Most of the vaccines your pet already receives are sufficient to allow them to enter the country. Sometimes an additional vaccination will be needed, so be sure to do your research. Then take your pet to a veterinarian who can check his health a few days before the trip.
That’s usually it. Take your pet through customs and have it registered with you in the country. Very easy!
Chip or tracker?
Chip or tracker? Well, both! They do two different things. The chip gives others information about you, the owner. The other actually tracks your pet’s location and goes on a collar.
Offer water often
For many, going on vacation means it’s time to get active. More active than usual. Offer your puppy water often. They are also more active!
Give your dog time to rest
Don’t hesitate to plan activities that don’t include your pet. Take your dog to dog daycare or check with your hotel to see if you can leave your dog unattended. Traveling for the first time and entering a new environment could take a toll on your pup. Additionally, dogs have been known to sleep for up to 18 hours a day. Have a good time and let your pup have one too…in bed!
Take a straight photo when you go to your travel destination. Adding a layover can disrupt your pet’s normal routine and stress them out. Also, for dogs traveling on the cargo side of the plane, there is less chance of them getting too hot or too cold.
Tell the airlines you’re bringing a dog
After making your reservation, call the airline and let them know you are taking a pet. Each airline has different rules on how this works, so always check when flying with a new airline. Usually a carrier and fees are accessible. Small pets travel in the cabin and large pets travel in cargo. If you’re in a hurry, you can do it at check-in, but this author doesn’t recommend it. The staff is much nicer when they know in advance.
Schedule potty breaks
On the way to your travel destination, plan potty breaks. There are pet rescue areas in most airport terminals. Rest areas are ideal when traveling by car.
Consider skipping their meal on the day of travel
Consider skipping Fido’s meal on the day of travel. Veterinarians recommend this technique because pets can also become anxious before (and during) travel, causing stomach upset.
leave your boyfriend at home
Sometimes you just need to leave your furry friend home alone. After nine years of traveling with her dog, the author recently made the decision to leave him behind for the next trip. Consider your travel preferences as well as your dog’s age and health. Sometimes even the country you are visiting does not allow dogs. Or, you want to go on a water vacation, but your pup is terrified of water. It’s good to travel without them and to really travel alone too!