Planning for solo-travelling is always overwhelming, whereas travelling with your pet can be a little stressful sometimes. You have to carry too much extra goods associated with your pet like an extra pet-neck pillow, one more travel blanket to comfort your fluffy friend in the whole travel period etc. Pets are usually very much fond of staying at home. But that doesn’t mean you go for a trip leaving your pet.
Though, travelling can be challenging with pets as a long list of essential things to be kept in mind while packing, yet pre-planned packing can help you in this case. Here are some handy tips for packing essentials before hitting the road:
Tips for Traveling With Pets
1. Pets can get anxious because of an abrupt change of the environment. They can be restless if they can’t relate with the ambience of the new place. You can help to minimize your pet’s discomfort by maintaining some familiar level of surroundings. Carry some of your pet’s fondlings during shipping the pet such as its favourite foods, toys or a cosy blanket of your pet’s choice etc.
Always try to carry your pet in a perfect crate or carrier. According to The Humane Society all kinds of pets should be carried in a crate while moving, whether it is travelling by road or by air. Most of the pets do not like to travel much. So, carrying your pet in a carrier can ease it’s stress to many extent and would make it stable in the vehicles. Also, you must restrain the crate with a secured seatbelt that will protect the crate from sliding in the moving vehicle.
Rehearse With Your Pet: If your pet has never been on a long journey before, get them ready by taking them on short drives and then increase the time gradually. Be sure to put them in their crate every time, so they get used to it faster. Take a walk around the airline terminal or station to get them familiar with the smells and sounds. Reward your pet for good behavior and talk reassuringly to them.
Before boarding in vehicles like planes, trains, cars or ships etc, you should take your pet for a walk. It will relax both you and your pet’s mind from travel hazards during . So, look if there is any place to walk for outside the airport or station and go for a quick round of exercise. It will help you both to get more tired and make you sleep faster during travel.
The Humane Society strictly disagrees with transporting pets in the cargo holds as it may harm your pet’s health. So, before heading to the journey carefully research all the pet transferring policies of different airlines and book service as per your requirement. For example: some airlines only allow to transfer pets by their cargo service whereas some allow you to bring your fur baby in a small crate in the cabin.
If you are traveling by car, do not forget to take frequent halts. Because, may be you are accustomed to the long journeys, but your pet baby can feel uneasy for moving long. Halts may vary on different breeds or species. Such as: you must take constant intervals while you are traveling with dogs as they need to stretch, bathroom breaks etc. whereas cats do not demand too many stops during journey.
Always keep some emergency back-up plans while moving. You can’t assume what kinds of incidents you have to face through the moving process. So, you should better prepare for the worst situations too. Carry all the necessary paperworks like pet’s health certificates and road permits and last but not the least, your pet’s proper travel ID with your exact address and contact details.
Lastly, you must pack your pet’s grooming and health essentials in it’s pet bag. Here are some lists of pet’s basic need things: addition to the usual items you’d take with you on any trip (check out our list here), here’s a list of pet-specific items to add to your pack. Focus first on the basic essentials such as food and waste receptacles, and other comfort items like toys, towels, and grooming supplies as space allows.
- Your pet’s favorite foods
- Scratching boxes
- Pet’s favourite toys
- Food bowls and litter boxes
- Bed or blanket of it’s choice
- Collar or leash
- Bottled water
- Certain medications
- Grooming supplies
- Waste papers or bags
- First Aid kits