How to travel with pets
The human-pets bond is a beneficial and dynamic relationship between humans and pets that is influenced by behaviors considered important to the health and well-being of both (humans and pets). Pets are part and parcel of our everyday lives and our families. They support us not only with companionship but also with lots of emotional support, reduce our stress levels, sense of loneliness and help us to improve our social activities and add to a child’s self-esteem and positive emotional development as well. Most of the time when we are planning to go on tour or travel it is important to keep this suggestion in memory it will help you to go with your pets anywhere without a problem.
What to Pack:
Whether you’re going anywhere far away or staying relatively close to home, packing for our pets is completely different than packing for ourselves. Bring enough extra food, toys, a blanket that reminds them of home, and a collapsible water bowl for on-the-fly hydration. Check the weather for your destination as well. short-nosed and excessively furry pets may need a cooling vest in hot-weather spots, and smaller pets may be more comfortable with a sweater in a chilly vehicle or airplane cabins.
Before Your Trip:
Register your pets with your airline if he or she is flying, as many carriers have a maximum number of pets that can travel aboard with any one flight, says a former animal trainer and resident pet expert at DogVacay the Nicole Ellis. Also, keep in mind to check on crate or carrier dimensions and have as much information as possible at both carrier and collar including your home and destination addresses.
In the Car:
If you’re planning a long drive, spend a few days getting your pet used to being in the car. For example, you may drive them to a nearby park a few times to create a positive association. Prevent carsickness by feeding your pet a few hours before take-off and keeping your car cool, and consider using a harness for safety and protection.
On a Plane:
Avoid giving your pet’s medication to calm down, especially if they’re flying in a cargo plane, says Ellis-these drugs can interfere with your pet’s critical ability to regulate and maintain their body temperature. If you’re really worried about their stress levels, try a “DAP” collar that emits stress-zapping hormones, recommends by the experts at pet insurance company Petplan Ltd.
In a Foreign City:
PetPlan’s Kim Smyth suggests taking to the website bringfido.com to find pet-friendly activities in any city anywhere. Every listing includes details as to whether dogs can run off-leash or if there’s a designated area for dogs, which can really help you find an activity that’s just right for your furry friend, she says. And since you’re staying at a pet-friendly hotel with your pets, try asking the concierge for restaurants with outdoor seating they’re likely to have plenty of suggestions surely.
A Word of Caution:
Traveling may be stressful for some pets, so take your pet’s personality into account before booking a trip. Keep in mind whether they’re outgoing with strangers, comfortable exploring unique environments, and unbothered by spending time in the car or in a moving vehicle—these are all great indications of how your pet might handle some days on a lot of adventure.