10 Expert Tips for Traveling with Pets


Plan for your trip:

This includes researching pet travel requirements for your destination and scheduling a visit to your veterinarian before you travel.


Choose the right carrier

Select a carrier that is the appropriate size for your pet and is well-ventilated.  If you're flying, make sure the carrier meets the airline's requirements.


Familiarize your pet with their carrier

Make the carrier a positive place for your pet by leaving it out with the door open and placing their favorite toys or bedding inside.


Practice short trips

Take your pet on short car rides or walks in their carrier to get them accustomed to being transported.


Plan for comfort

Bring along a comfortable bed for your pet and items that will help them feel secure, such as a favorite toy or blanket.


Stock up on supplies

Pack everything your pet will need for the trip, including food, water, bowls, leash, poop bags, medications, and a copy of their health certificate and vaccination records.


Check your pet's travel insurance

If you have pet insurance, make sure it covers travel-related accidents or illnesses.


Reduce stress

Traveling can be stressful for pets.  Consider talking to your vet about calming aids or medications that can help reduce your pet's anxiety.


International Health certificate for Pet Travel

Make sure your pet has international health certificate, to prevent any disturbance on the border. 

How to Get International Health Certificate for Dogs


Consider if the trip is necessary

If your trip is long or complicated, it may be best to leave your pet at home with a pet sitter or board them at a kennel.