Most people think that traveling with pets get can be exhausting and expensive but if you do your homework and plan ahead and you can make it an enjoyable vacation for everyone. First you are going to have to decide are you going to travel by plane or by car.
Travel by Plane
If your traveling by plane you are going to want to check your airlines pet policy.American Airlines says you need to make reservations for your pets because they do not allow more than 7 pets on a plane.They also have certain guidelines for pet carriers so you are going to want to read up on those policies ahead of time to make sure you have all the proper equipment for travel. I recommend soft size carries when traveling in the cabin.You will also want to make sure your dogs Immunizations are all up to date according to the airlines requirements.A trip to the vet before you go is a good idea. You want to make sure your pet is in tip top shape and ready to fly.You might even want to get a nail trim while your there.Make sure your pets have the proper id tags and label your carrier well.I would even carry a photo of your pet in your wallet.
Consider booking direct flights as well as non-peak flights. With less people flying there may be more space in the cabin and less stress for you and your pet.Arrive early for any last minute paperwork you may need to fill out or flight changes due to weather.
Doggy Frequent Flier Rewards-
- Jet Blue- offers double mileage of their True Blue points program when you travel with your pet.
- Southwest Airlines-They don’t offer rewards program but they seem to be the cheapest.
- Continental Airlines – lets you earn “pet pass” miles.
Travel by Car:
When traveling you will also want to follow all the health and proper identification guidelines that I stated above for traveling by airplane.The first thing you want to remember when traveling by car is pet safety.It is not a good idea to let your pet roam about in the car while driving. It can be dangerous and cause an accident.You will want to find the proper restraint. I recommend the Bergan Travel Harness. You can also check your local pet store for pet car seats.
You will want to plan a relaxed trip so that you can make frequent pit stops for your furry friend.You will want to make sure you keep a leash handy and a travel watering dish. The Bergan harness makes the transition in and out of the car easy because you can just unbuckle and clip your leash onto the harness.Never leave your pet unattended especially in a hot car.
Next your going to want to look for a pet friendly hotel. Did you know motel 6 will let well behaved pets stay for free? Kimpton Hotels also have a pet friendly policy, in fact they have a whole page dedicated to your pet. Aloft Hotels also offer your furry friend a dog bed,pet bowl, treats and a toy.Also look for cabins which will give your pet plenty of room to run and play and may make for a more comfortable and stress free environment for you and your pet.Looking for a dog park near by? DogPark.com lets you search for a dog park near you.
What to Pack-
- Medical Records/Vet Information
- Leash & Harness
- Travel Dishes
- Travel Bathing wipes
- Flashlight for night walks
- Flea/Tick meds- I prefer to give my pets a monthly prescription
- First Aid Kit
- Pooper Scooper bags