Welcome to the adventurer’s guide for travel pets! In this guide, we’ll lay out the most common ways to travel with and without your pet. Let’s go travel!
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Check lists are freaking awesome. The check list will be the same for those bringing their pets and also leaving their pets.
If you’re bringing your pet along then pack accordingly depending on how you’ll be traveling, the duration of your travel and your budget.
Keeping the pet at home? There’s a good chance you’ll need to leave some of these items out if you’re going to have a pet sitter or leaving the pet with a friend.
Travel Pet Check List
- Feet Boots
Check list looks pretty good. Let’s think about how we will be traveling. We’ll cover the five most common ways of travel and their four important aspects
The Four Pet Aspects
How you maintain your pet
What gear the pet will need
When and how to feed the pet
How to lower their anxiety and keep them comfy
The Five Common Ways To Travel
There’s a good chance you’ll mix these common ways of traveling up during the entire journey so feel free to do what works best for you and your pet!
Planes, trains, buses and boats have their own pet policy. You should absolutely check their policy for more information as they vary between companies.
Being able to control and guide your pet is ultimately the most important thing while traveling.
Always keep your pet in your sight when they’re with you. Having a container for smaller animals that you can carry is useful if they become nervous or just simply to contain them from running around.
If your pet is trained to return by command, whistling or a toy that can also be of great use and is worth teaching them.
If you know your pet will be walking on uncomfortable terrain for a long time then it’s a good idea to think about the safety of their feet.
Most animals are born with ways to protect themselves but if they aren’t used to adventuring by foot they may be more susceptible to incidents.
Booties for the pet’s feet and rain gear are common items to pack.
Your pet may need to eat and drink if you’re traveling by foot and the most common way is by bowl. Small, reusable and easy to clean bowls that are light when packing and durable while in use are the best.
You may want to hold the bowls while they eat so they don’t accidentally spill the goods.
Animals that aren’t used to being outside get messy quick. Packing a small towel will be enough to help clean them whenever needed. Being on the move means your pet needs to be in shape if they aren’t being carried.
It’s a good idea to exercise your pet before the trip!
Controlling your pet in a vehicle can be done by practice or using a container.
If you have a teachable pet, train them how you want them to act during the ride. If not, it’s probably best to place them in a comfortable container.
Pets in the vehicle will want to roam, hide or ride. It’s important that you pack accordingly for all three circumstances.
Bring either a small pillow or towel for them so they know where they can hang out during the trip.
Bring some cleaning supplies and a plastic bag for accidents and also toys and snacks to reduce boredom.
Feeding your pet in the vehicle will more than likely be messy the first few attempts.
We usually stop somewhere to allow our dog or cat to use the restroom and eat/drink. Bring their bowls and try to avoid feeding while the vehicle is moving to reduce accidents.
Placing the bowls on a towel in the floor will do the job if you can’t pull over.
Snacks also do the trick!
Most pets are not born ready to ride in vehicles.
Bring your pet with you on small trips to the store, a friends house or just ride around to get them accustomed to being in the vehicle. Doing so can reduce their anxiety.
Once they’re comfortable, they’ll probably be more focused on you or what’s going on outside of the vehicle. Investing in a seat cover is a great idea if you’ll be on a long trip.
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There’s not much you can do for your pet during the plane trip. However, you can prepare them for riding in a container by crating them in a room where they won’t see you, getting them accustomed to loud noises and weird places for hours.
Checking with the air company ahead of time is your best bet on being prepared.
Boats and Cruises
Boats and cruises usually allow service pets. You can expect your pet to be placed in a shared living quarter with other animals.
Rules and regulations vary between cruise ship companies so it’s best to check with the company before you even book.
Train and Bus
The same goes for train and bus. Contacting the transportation company is your safest bet to understanding how the conditions will be for your pet and what to expect during the trip.
Most trains will allow pets to travel.
There are still options if you decide to leave your pet at home, in a hotel or while camping. The duration of your trip, who you trust and your budget will play a large part.
Most people who decide to leave their pets at home will rely on a close friend, family member or pet sitter. If you can’t trust any of those sources with access to your home it may be a better idea to leave the pet at their place instead.
Write out a good check list with the pet’s routine and make the food, water and items needed easily accessible.
You can ease the transition by letting your pet become comfortable with the person in charge before embarking.
Leaving a pet unattended in your hotel room should be decided by your judgement. Ask ahead of time about the hotel’s pet policy and let your pet become adjusted to the room before leaving.
If your pet has separation anxiety then it’s probably not a good idea to leave them unattended.
Obviously every pet is different and a campsite allows more freedom.
If your pet is known to run off then you should think about a fence or container to keep that from happening. Camp sites may have other campers nearby so keeping your pet in your custody is the top priority while camping.
There’s also the idea of staking a chain or rope to keep your pet in the local area.
Be sure to stay close and always check on your pet if you decide a stake is the best way to go.
Now that you’ve got an idea for how to travel with your best friend it’s time to make sure you’re ready yourself! Check out our article The Adventurer’s Guide. If you enjoyed this guide for travel pets, subscribe to our newsletter to get more in depth content.
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