How to Travel with a Pet

If you’re reading this, you must have a pet, or you just love animals. Well, if so, you must have dream  of bringing your four-legged furry friend along on a trip, right? This isn’t a pipe dream, it’s very much possible, but it can be very hectic if you’re not prepared for it. If you plan on traveling with your pet, there are a few things you should keep in mind for both your well-beings; our Group Travel Service has had experience working with pet owners and has compiled some of the measures you can take to ease your trip with your dearest.

Plan Ahead

Note that some countries demand special tests and standards for pets before you arrive into their country; otherwise you may not be able to pass your pet past security check. In order to avoid such a major inconvenience, find out what requirements the country/state has in terms of pet admission. For example, in most European countries, it is a requirement that all pets be micro-chipped. Most requirements aren’t complex, but the time it takes to execute them may vary, so find out what they are ahead of time.

Acclimate Them

If, for example, you are planning on taking a long drive, take some time to get your pet used to the car environment. For example, drive them to a nearby park every now and again ahead of the trip in order to create familiarity with the impending situation. Also, prevent motion sickness by feeding your pup hours before each time you leave.

Carry Essentials

While it’s more comfortable to carry less baggage, it is also important to ensure that you bring your pet sufficient food, treats, and toys to get them through the trip. Don’t forget to carry a non-spill water carrier to keep them hydrated and don’t feel alarmed if your pet acts out of character during the journey, they may just be experiencing a little travel anxiety.

In a Hotel

If you’re going to base yourselves in a hotel, leave the television on in order to give your pet some soothing background noise whenever you step out. Also, remember to always hang the ‘do not disturb’ sign outside your door to ensure that people don’t agitate your pet by coming over to your door too often. Additionally, set up your pet’s ‘space’ in the room; place blankets, pillows, toys, and a non-spill water carrier where your pet will feel at home if you happen to leave him for an elongated period.