Traveling With Animals: Getting to Your Destination Hassle Free

Posted on August 6, 2009

For some, a dog or cat is much more than a pet: it’s a member of the family. So when you go on a trip, how can you make sure your four-legged friend gets to tag along, hassle free? Do your homework.

Transportation by air
Most airlines will allow small animals to be carried on board the airline. Specific kennel requirements must be met, and there will more than likely be a fee to reserve a spot on board for the animal. Keep in mind that your pet must stay in its carrier at all times, and there may be restrictions on your animal based on size, weight and age. Some airlines will not allow animals to board unless the temperature is between a certain range at each destination. Check with your airline to get a list of all of the specifications and restrictions when traveling with animals.

Transportation by car
If your animal is used to riding in a car, long destinations may not be a problem. However, small animals may need to stop often at rest stops. If you are worried about car sickness, certain pills are available at your vet to make sure your pet can travel comfortably. Be sure to pack bottled water, food and bowls for your pet to make sure they stay comfortable throughout the car ride. When stopping at restaurants, do not leave your pet in the car for long periods of time. Make sure the windows are cracked and the temperatures are not extreme. If possible opt for drive-thru food options instead.

Before you begin your trip, make sure every hotel along the way allows pets. Familiarize yourself with the pet policies and make sure your pet has little comforts of home to enjoy in the room. Toys, food and water bowls and sleeping mats are all items your pet can enjoy away from home. Take time to walk a dog to help him or her get familiar with new, temporary surroundings. Also, Pets Welcome is a great resource to check before you head out on your destination to make sure your hotel is pet-friendly.

Planning ahead when traveling with pets will not only make the trip go more smoothly, but your dog or cat can forgo boarding at the vet and have a great vacation too.

Jessica Swink is a freelance writer specializing in articles about Social Media Optimization and SEO for travel Web sites.

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  • I am a pet lover, I love to accompany my favorite pet in all my travel adventures.. and this tips helps me a lot..

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