The Travel Industry Association of America has estimated that about 30 million people travel with their pets each year. We know that pets are part of the family and with so many travelers bringing them along on vacations, it’s important that pet owners brush up with some tips on how to ensure a smooth trip. Here are a few things to remember when you’re planning to bring along your pet!
- Be sure that your pet is always wearing an identification tag at all times. If something happened and you were to become separated, an ID tag is a sure way to be able to become reunited. Include your mobile and home phone numbers so that you will hopefully be contacted right away when they are found.
- Check with your airline about pet regulations before you leave. Most airlines allow small pets to travel aboard the flight as a carry on in a hard or soft carrier as long as it can stored under the seat. Larger animals can be checked into cargo and will be able to travel in a hard carrier with an adequate amount of water.
- When you are planning your trip, make sure to choose a pet friendly hotel. You can find out if they allow animals, and what types of animals they allow simply by checking a hotel’s website or calling the front desk.
- Before you leave, research where the nearest veterinary hospital is located near your destination in case an emergency were to occur and your pet needed medical attention ASAP. Jot down the phone number and hours of the facility and keep it with your other travel documents.
- If you are flying to or from a destination that has an extremely hot climate, try booking your flight early in the morning or late at night to avoid your pet getting affected by the uncomfortable heat.
- Don’t feed your pet for four to six hours before flying. Make sure to provide your pet with small amounts of water before you leave and remember to bring a travel bowl along with the carrier.
Do you have any tips for traveling with a pet? Let us know below!