Traveling with a pet can be stressful. But by learning and implementing ways to keep
your pet safe while traveling, the journey can be easier for everyone.
A few pet parents believe a trip isn’t a trip without your fur baby coming along, and
I’m one of them. But traveling can be stressful for animals and even dangerous in
some circumstances. To travel safely with my one and only, I take precautions to
keep them safe and comfortable, whether I’m flying or driving to my destination.
Check out the ways to keep your pet safe while traveling so you can both enjoy your
Traveling by Plane
If your pet is too big to fit under your seat, you’ll need to check with airport personnel,
and it’ll go in the cargo hold. That is unless you can afford to travel with your pet on a
private aircraft. Pets can sit freely in the cabin on private jets, but they will need the
same documentation that commercial flights require. Unfortunately, sometimes you
can’t avoid air travel. Here are a few tips to keep them safe while you’re in the air.
When you fly connecting flights, you increase the chance a baggage handler could
mishandle your pet while you’re on a layover, resulting in something as severe as
being left on the tarmac. I always book direct flights when I’m flying with a pet.
If you’re flying either commercial or private, you’ll need a health certificate from your
veterinarian 10 days before your flight, certifying your pet is up to date on
immunizations. And even though veterinarians discourage sedation for flying, they
can inform you of other ways to keep your pet calm.
Make sure your pet’s crate is large enough for it to stand and move around. Provide
bedding for it, whether it’s shredded paper or towels, in case of accidents. Tape a
bag of food to the outside of the crate so airline employees can feed it during a
layover and freeze a small bowl of water the night before so it doesn’t spill while the
airline employees load your pet.
Traveling by Car
Even a road trip necessitates learning ways to keep your pet safe while traveling,
especially if you’re traveling a long distance. Here are some ways I keep my beloved
safe when we’re on the road:
You can help your pet acclimate to the long car ride by preparing it
beforehand with shorter drives.
Keep it safe on the road inside a crate large enough for it to move around.
You should never leave it alone in a parked car.
Pack a kit of food, water, and its favorite toys to keep it occupied.
No matter how you travel, it’s a good idea to microchip your pet for identification. A
collar and a tag are ideal too, but they can sometimes slip off. Be sure to label its
crate and collar with a temporary tag with your phone number and destination
location. By keeping your fur baby safe and sound, you both can travel with more ease. I
know I do!