Traveling with a pet requires a bit more than just a suitcase with chew toys. But with the right planning tips and packing tricks, you and your furry friend can have a doggone good time. Keep reading to learn how to take a pet-friendly trip.
Before you hit the road or take flight with your furry friend, you might want to consult with your veterinarian, especially if you’re unsure whether your pet can handle traveling because of age, illness, or temperament. Plus, depending on the airline and destination, your pet may need proof that they’re healthy enough to fly and are up to date on their vaccinations.
Also, while some pets love a car ride, others might not. If your pet isn’t accustomed to driving around in your car, take them on several shorter rides to make sure they’re comfortable before a longer journey. And if your pet gets car sick, ask your vet to prescribe medication that can help alleviate that.
Some common items you will need to pack for a trip with your pet include a collapsible water bowl, food, waste bags, a safety harness, and toys. If heading out on a long road trip, be sure to locate stores along the route that carry the right food in case you run out.
At Club Quarters Hotels, dog owners have access to food and water bowls, placemats, dog bag dispensers as well as leashes and treats, which makes packing a little bit less “ruff.”
When traveling away from home, it’s especially important for your pet to wear a collar and tag with your name, phone number, and any other relevant contact information, including a phone number at your destination, if possible.
On road trips, avoid letting your pup roam free in the back of your car. Instead, use a special harness that’s attached to the seatbelt or keep them in a crate that’s large enough for them to stand, sit, lie down, and turn around in. And be sure to secure it to the car so it doesn’t slide or shift around during travel.
When flying, pet carriers typically go through an X-ray machine, while the pets go through a metal detector. For this reason, bring a leash or harness to keep your pet from making a run for it at security.
Also, airlines have size restrictions on which pets can travel in the cabin, with a limit on the combined weight of the carrier and pet. (It’s usually around 20 pounds.) If your pet is too large for in-cabin travel, you’ll need a crate that’s suitable for them to travel in the climate-controlled cargo hold.
Speaking of pet carriers, allow your four-legged friend time to adjust to the space while at home, or consider carrying them to the park or store to help alleviate any anxiety before the big trip.
Then, just before heading to the airport, take your pup on a long walk to tire them out. And of course, make time for a potty break before takeoff. Many major airports offer pet relief stations or outdoor areas for this.
You can bring along your pup at no extra charge to any Club Quarters Hotel. From London and New York City to Philadelphia and San Francisco, we have everything you need to be your pet’s favorite home away from home.
Ready to plan a paw-some trip? Book our Pets Stay Free special offer at any hotel to enjoy 10% off our best available rates.
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