Travelling with your furry/feathery/scaly friend may seem like a great idea. They are a member of your family and you want them with you as you visit family or explore wonderful destinations. However, it’s often not as easy as it may seem. A lot of things can happen to ruin your trip and you definitely don’t want that.
This is why we have prepared this guide, to help you figure out what you need to know before you take your little friend on a trip.
- Do a trial run
If you are embarking on a road trip to your destination, the best way to at least try to ensure that everything goes according to plan is to do trial runs. What this means is that you should take your pet on trips with you around the town, to your friend’s house or anywhere else that may require longer drives. This will give you a chance to see how your pet behaves when in a car for a longer time than usual or help you notice something that you’ll have to do to make the trip more comfortable for them.
- Come prepared
As a pet owner, you probably never leave your house with your pet without bringing all the necessary things that ensure your pet’s happiness. However, travelling requires a lot more things than you would usually bring, depending on the time it will take to drive and the time you’ll stay in your new destination. “Don’t fall into a trap of thinking that you can just bring what it needs for the trip and then purchase the rest in destination. This will cause you to spend a lot more money and you may not even find what you need. Bring food for at least three days, toys, blankets or whatever else your pet may need. This will give you time before you can locate a good and cheap store that has your pet’s favourite food”, – explains Vernice Tyrell, a Travel writer at Ukwritings and State of Writing.
- Follow the rules
No matter what your mean of travel is, following the rules is the best way to go. If you are driving, make sure that your pet is restrained in his own carrier to prevent accidents. Most people make the mistake of letting their pet roam free in the car and they prevent him from jumping to the front with their hands which can be really dangerous. Another thing to keep in mind is that front seats are not for the pets – the air bags could activate and cause them a serious injury. If you are travelling by plane, make sure that you find them a comfortable carrier and play with them before the trip so that they get tired when it’s time to fly.
- Make frequent breaks
If travelling by a car, prepare yourself to make frequent breaks. Every three to four hours would be best. This will benefit both you and your pet. Stretch your legs, play around a little bit, let them do what they need to do and feed them if necessary. Patricia Wang, a Travel blogger at Oxessays comments: “If you keep travelling without making breaks, you might get a nervous and irritated pet. They are usually not keen on small, confined spaces, especially if they have to spend hours in them. You should rest every two hours as well – this is recommended time to prevent accidents due to tiredness”.
- Accommodation for your pet
When looking for accommodation for you, make sure that you find a pet-friendly accommodation – these are not only accepting pets, but they are welcoming them as well. They may have some activities for your pet or pet day care so do your research to find what will work for you.
- Be prepared for emergencies
Emergencies happen often enough. This is why you need to find a good vet in destination, inform them that you have arrived and let them know that you’ll come if something happens. Look for really good vets by surfing online, asking friends and family or consulting with your home town vet.
- Do your research when flying
Before you and your pet embark on a flying trip, do some research. Find out if your pet’s health can be harmed by flying – this is the situation with pugs, because of their small noses they can have breathing problems – if the airline accepts pets etc. “Make sure to take direct flights to prevent them from frequent temperature changes, choose flights early in the morning or late in the evening to also prevent temperature extremes and always book two or three days before and after the rush time. The space for pets is limited in planes and you have to find the right time to travel”, – says June Baird, a Pet blogger at UKServicesReviews and Academized.
Traveling with your pet can be a joy but in can also cause frustration on both sides. Follow these steps and tips to have a wonderful trip that your pet will enjoy as well.