There comes a time in many pet owners lives when they must travel with their fur baby. This can be a rewarding experience when you get to take your pet on a vacation with you and share memories together.

It can also be frustrating though as there can be lots of preparation when traveling with your pet. In this article we will go over a few things that you need to keep in mind when covering large distances with your best friend.

Traveling by Plane

If you happen to be taking an airplane to wherever you’re going, then there are some things you must do to prepare your pet for the ride.

Pet Friendly Airline

Some airlines are known to be more pet friendly than others. You should look at the specific policies of each airline and pick the one that you like the most. Read reviews from other pet owners and look for any negative feedback.

Pre-Trip Vet Appointment

Before you embark on your trip it’s a smart idea to take your pet to the veterinarian for a quick checkup. They will check to see if the vaccinations are all up to date and you can get any potential issues handled beforehand.

Use an Airline Approved Crate

If you’re going to be flying with your dog or other pet, then you must use a crate that is approved for airline travel. The crate must be large enough for them to stand and turn around in, as well as lined with bedding to absorb any accidents. You can visit the site of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for more information on all the specifics.

Documentation and Identification

It’s a good idea to mark the crate with “Live Animal” identification. Also include your name, contact information, photo of your pet, and any necessary veterinarian information. This could come in handy if your pet were to escape. You can reduce the likelihood of them escaping by getting an escape proof crate, see some examples of these here.

Travel During Mild Weather

If possible, it’s good to plan your trip for periods that don’t have super cold or hot weather. Some airlines won’t even transport pets during hot summer periods due to the stress they go through when being loaded and during storage.

Also try and get a direct flight to your destination if you can. Layovers can be stressful for pets if they are long.

Traveling by Car

Traveling by car with your pet has less requirements than by plane but there are still some things to keep in mind.

Prepare Them

This is especially important if they are not accustomed to riding in the car for long periods. Start slow and take them for a short ride, gradually increasing the trip distance. Also have all the necessary veterinary documentation if you’re crossing any borders.

Comfortable Conditions

Besides having a good dog crate to keep them in, you want to make them as comfortable as possible. Include plenty of food, water, waste bags, and their favorite toys. Also make sure to never leave them unattended in a hot or cold car. Take them with you if needed.


Traveling with your pet can be both rewarding and challenging. Thankfully, if you prepare ahead of time and follow the tips in this article you can make the whole trip much easier.

Author Bio: Annie Moore is a pet lover from the US that’s had dogs all her life. When she’s not walking the dogs with her family she’s working on her site at