Tips for travelling with your pet on holidays

Are you planning to go on holiday with your family? Bringing your pets along for the trip? If you haven’t done this before, it can often be a daunting task. 

The more you can prepare beforehand, the better. 

So what exactly do you need to know about travelling with your pet on holiday? 

two dogs running on beach

1. Pet-friendly accommodation

Before you set off on your road trip, make sure your destination is pet friendly. There is nothing worse than turning up at accommodation only to find your fur baby is not welcome. 

You not only have to look at the accommodation but also look at the destination you’re travelling to. Are the beaches pet friendly? Some beaches, particularly if they are next to national parks, will ban pets from the beach. Make sure to research this before you leave in order to avoid a fine. 

dog in a doggy ride carrier

2. Getting to your destination

Do you know how you are getting to your holiday destination? No matter the form of transport, you will need to ensure your pet can travel safely. 

You will need to make sure you bring a comfortable and safe pet crate or carrier. This will ensure your pet is not a distraction when you are trying to safely drive to your destination. If you want your pet to have more freedom and you have more space in the car available, you can also consider setting up a dock hammock on the back seats, and clip your dog to this, so the dog cannot jump through to the front seats or through the windows. 

If you are planning to fly to your destination, make sure you check what restrictions your airline has. You will need to make sure your pet has been wormed and vaccinated before they travel. You should also consider what pet insurance you need to purchase before you leave. 

Pets will generally have to travel in the cargo hold. Before you leave, consider how your pet will travel in these conditions. Make sure you check if your pet is able to travel via air - some breeds of dogs and cats are not allowed to travel in cargo. Your pets must also meet certain health requirements before they can fly. 

cat drinking water

3. Food and water

This is particularly important if you are travelling in or to a hot climate. You need to make sure your pet has access to enough water; you don’t want your pet to overheat or get dehydrated. You may also want to bring your pet’s favourite food with you, in case the supermarkets at your destination do not stock the right food.

If you are driving to your destination, make sure you have frequent stops to ensure your pet can get enough exercise and drink enough water. 

dog poking head out window

4. What to pack

You’ve checked your accommodation is pet friendly, you know how you are getting there, and you have a suitable pet crate. Next, you have to pack everything else you need to ensure your pet has a comfortable holiday. 

When travelling with your pet, you will need to bring:

  • Food
  • Food and water bowls
  • Leads
  • Toys
  • Disposable bags for droppings
  • Bedding
  • Collars

You may also wish to bring a first aid kit and any medication your pet may require on the trip. If you are worried, you may wish to research if there is a local vet where you are travelling to, and save their contact details. 

Preparing for travelling with your pet will help for the trip to not only be less stressful for you, but also for your pet. If you have completed your travelling list before you leave, you’ll find the whole family will have a much more enjoyable trip.