I much prefer vacationing with my dogs than without. Having my dogs’ company adds a whole different dynamic to traveling. Much like parents do with human children, I point out sites, take pictures of my dogs next to landmarks, and showcase our journey for the social media world to see. I’ve taken Wynston on an airplane and on several road trips, so I wanted to share some of my tips for vacationing with your dog. I hope you find some of this information helpful as you head out on your adventures!
Tips for Vacationing With Your Dog
Flying With Your Dog
Research airline restrictions and prices: Every airline is different when it comes to traveling with dogs (visit DogStruggles for more info). Typically there is a fee for flying with your dog, but it differs depending on which airline you’re traveling with. Some airlines have a weight limit for bringing your dog in the cabin, others just want your dog to fit comfortably under a seat. Certain airlines also require an “airline approved” pet carrier. These are all variables that you should look into before even booking your trip.
Calming supplements: Flying can be extremely nerve-wracking for dogs. Consider a calming oil like Zen Pets premium hemp oil (affiliate link) or ask your veterinarian for anxiety medication. It could make flying with your pup much easier.
Bring updated vet records: When at the airport with your dog, officials may want to see a health certificate or updated vaccinations. You should also make sure your pet is healthy enough to fly to begin with. Your vet can help you with all of that!
Have a comfortable carrier: I got the most comfortable carrier I could find when I first flew with Wynston – the Sherpa Deluxe Pet Carrier (affiliate link). Wyn was SUPER cozy in this carrier and it fit well right under the seat in front of me. Whatever carrier you use, make sure it’s airline approved. A majority of Sherpa carriers are airline approved but make sure to do your research.
Bring the necessities: Make sure you bring food, water, collapsible bowls, treats, chews, a blanket and your dog’s favorite toy. Since flying is stressful on dogs, make them feel at home by putting their favorite items in the carrier. And of course, you always want to be prepared with food and water.
Potty breaks: If you have a layover, check your connecting airport to see if they have an indoor area where your dog can go potty. I’d recommend making a potty break for your dog a priority when arriving at or leaving an airport.
- When booking your trip, be sure to research dog-friendly hotels. Ask about pet fees and weight limits. Also, just because one hotel of a major chain is dog-friendly, doesn’t mean they all are. Double and triple check!
- Wherever you decide to stay, research local and emergency vets in the area. You want to make sure help is nearby if you need it.
- Bring a kennel so your dog has a safe place to rest if you need to leave the hotel room without them.
- Update your hotel preferences by asking for a ground floor room or one close to an elevator. I know from experience how difficult it is to take your dog on a “quick” potty break when you have to walk super far just to get outside!
Look into dog friendly restaurants: I love taking my dogs out to eat. Arizona has dog-friendly restaurants everywhere, but that’s not the case in a lot of places. I don’t like leaving Wynston in the hotel room alone, so I enjoy researching new dog-friendly joints for us to try together!
Research dog friendly tourist attractions: One of my favorite things about traveling with dogs is hitting up dog-friendly tourist attractions. Nothing is more fun than taking photos of my kids at unique places! Google, and websites like Bring Fido, are great places to research potential dog-friendly locations in the area you’re visiting. I also like the Bark Happy app for Android and iPhone.
- Whenever you’re traveling you should always make sure to have updated vaccines, microchip info and ID tags.
- Bring all of the basics: leash, harness, collar, waste bags, dog shampoo, blanket, food, water, treats, toys, chews, medications and anything else you may need!
- If you’re taking a road trip and you fear your pup may get car sick, as your veterinarian to prepare a prescription medication for you. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Have you traveled with your dog before? What tips would you share for safe travels in the sky or on the road?