You see this all the time on social media – wanderlust travelers visiting some of the most beautiful places on the planet their pets. It’s a beautiful sight to behold, but not very realistic for many pet owners who fear traveling with their pets would inevitably be a disaster. But believe it or not, traveling with your pet is a lot easier than you’d think – you just need to now how to do it properly! Here are some great tips on how to create your own Instagram-worthy vacation photos with your furry buddy in tow!
1. Bring The Essentials
Just as you need to pack for your trip, you’ll have to do the same for your cat or dog. Things like food, treats, toys, their bed and other comforts of home can make it easier to travel with them so that they feel at ease wherever they are. You should also bring along a first aid pet kit that includes a copy of their medical records, and pack bandages and the like are good to have just in case anything happens. Don’t forget their leash and a pet crate/carrier if necessary.
2. Identification Tags
Never leave home without your pet’s identification tags. Even better, make sure they are chipped so that if the tags are lost, they can still be traced back to you. Just in case you are separated, they’ll be able to find their way home if they have identification.
3. Do Your Research
While we’re sure you’d love to whisk you, Fluffy and Fido to some far off vacation, be realistic of where you should go. Traveling with a pet isn’t easy and requires some research. Flying with your pets is allowed, but there are different rules and regulations, so check with the airline and research their history of flying with animals. Sometimes, the best trips with pets are road trips because you can provide them with necessary bathroom breaks and adjust travel times depending on how your pet is doing. Finally, research pet-friendly hotels in the city you’re traveling to, so that you can plan your trip accordingly.
4. Do A Trial Run
Not sure how your dog or cat will do on a car ride? Take them for a drive beforehand to see if they’ll be up for a longer car ride. Drive around your area or take them on some smaller trips first to see how they will react to being in a car for long periods of time. No matter where you travel to, always consult with your veterinarian before you go, especially if your cat or dog hasn’t traveled before of if they have any health concerns.
5. Try A Calming Remedy
If your pet is nervous about car rides, unfamiliar places or traveling in general you should consider trying a calming remedy to help ease their anxiety. We don't suggest you put your pet to sleep or give them human medicines like Benadryl, but instead look for natural remedies designed especially for pets - ones that will keep them calm but not make them woozy or drowsy so you can still enjoy your vacation with them. One such natural remedy is Pets-At-Ease Calming, Anxiety and Stress Relief Spray.
Made with all-natural, homeopathic ingredients, our Pets-At-Ease Calming and Stress Relief Remedy is a great pet medicine for helping relieve car sickness and anxiety during long car rides. Stress and anxiety can upset your pet's stomach and fear makes them act up and misbehave. Pets-At-Ease calms the tummy, helps with nausea and motion sickness, and takes those troubles away giving you a worry-free, enjoyable ride.
Hopefully, with these tips in mind, you are well on your way to planning your dream vacation with your pet to catch a break from the cold weather. Good luck, have fun, stay safe, and be sure to capture all the wonderful moments!