How To Travel With A Pet

How To Travel With A Pet


Traveling with a pet can be stressful. Many people have their pets as part of their family and it is important to make sure that you are providing them with the best care possible, especially when traveling. There are certain things that you should keep in mind before you go on your trip. This article will provide some tips for traveling with your pet to ensure the safety of both you and your pet while on vacation.

Do Your Research

Research the airline’s policy.

The first thing to do is find out which airlines allow pets in the cabin and which ones require your pet to travel in cargo. Some airlines, like Southwest, don’t accept any animals whatsoever. If you’re not sure about an airline’s policy on pets, check their website or call them directly.

Once you’ve figured out which airlines will allow your pet to fly with you in the cabin, make sure they’ll accept your type of animal—and what size it needs to be in order to qualify as a “small” animal that can sit with its owner at no additional cost (in other words: no bigger than 20 inches long and 10 inches tall). For example, Virgin America requires dogs and cats under 18 pounds to sit on their owners’ laps during flights; Delta has no size restrictions but only allows two small animals per one ticketed passenger; United accepts all sizes except snakes or reptiles; JetBlue only allows dogs weighing 8 pounds or less as personal items within the aircraft cabin; American allows all domestic cats and dogs up to 25 pounds as carry-on baggage (if traveling internationally); Spirit restricts its pets into cargo only due with most non-human primates weighing 80 pounds or heavier needing restrains for safe transport; Southwest does not permit any pets onboard for travel within the U.S.; Alaska allows all types of domestic animals including those considered exotic such as porcupines and skunks but may be subject limitations depending upon flight duration/destination etc…

Check The Weather

Before you do anything else, it’s important to check the weather forecast for your destination. If a storm is heading towards your destination and you’re traveling with an animal, you’ll want to book your flight as soon as possible—the sooner the better.

It’s also important to check the weather forecast for the return trip. While it may seem like a given that you should check your pet’s return flight before booking it (so that if there’s bad weather at home when their plane lands, their rebooking options are open), this isn’t always true: some airlines have different policies regarding whether they can reschedule pets on commercial flights after they have left their owners’ care. The best thing you can do is call up each airline and ask what their policy is with regard to “no-show” animals; they’ll probably tell you that if an animal doesn’t show up on its scheduled day of departure from its original city of origin, then yes—they will work with other airports in order to get them back where they belong.

If there are layovers involved during travel plans for any reason whatsoever (whether due to mandatory waiting periods or because some flights might be cancelled due to inclement weather), then it’s wise not only for passengers but also for pets too! No matter what kind of pet owner one might be: whether responsible enough not only book ahead but also walk through all potential scenarios before making final decisions about when/how long each leg would take place; or someone who just randomly picks dates without considering how much time needed between each leg could lead into unexpected problems later down road (like missing flights).

Get A Pet Carrier

  • Get a carrier that is the right size for your pet.
  • Make sure it is comfortable for your pet.
  • The carrier should be easy to carry, clean and store.
  • It needs to be easy to find when you are traveling with other people who may not know where the carrier is at all times

Check The Airline Policy Before Making Reservations

  • Check the airline’s website. Most major airlines have a section of their website dedicated to pets and they often offer a variety of useful information, including pet policies and forms. You should also check out any other links or phone numbers listed as they may contain valuable information on traveling with your pet.
  • Call the airline directly, if you can’t find what you’re looking for online and need additional help understanding their pet policy or making arrangements for travel with your pet. Some airlines will require that you contact them directly by phone in order to process any special requests related to traveling with your pet, so it’s important that you do this before making reservations over the phone or in person at an airport kiosk because there might be additional fees associated with bringing your animal along on your flight that aren’t included in general travel costs (and which will not be refunded).
  • Check out specific airline regulations regarding how much room is required per animal along with any weight restrictions placed onto certain breeds—this can vary greatly depending on where each individual flight originates from so it’s important that travelers familiarize themselves with all relevant regulations before boarding!

Make Sure To Arrive At The Airport On Time

  • Arriving early at the airport is crucial for all kinds of travelers, but it’s especially important for pet owners. While you can drop off your pet at some airports, most will require you to check in your animal before going through security. If you’re flying with a small dog or cat, this may not be an issue—but if you’re traveling with a larger animal like a bird, snake or ferret (or even just an overly large dog), there are rules and regulations that must be adhered to before boarding.
  • You should arrive at least two hours before your flight takes off—and yes, two hours is the minimum amount of time needed! Your airline will provide specific instructions on what time they allow passengers to check in; however it’s best to err on the side of caution by arriving earlier than required by law so there won’t be any issues during check-in or security processing. Most airlines recommend checking in 45 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.*

Have The Required Documents Ready

In addition to what you need for yourself, it’s important to have the required documents ready for your pet. You’ll need an original rabies certificate and a health certificate from your veterinarian stating that your dog or cat is up-to-date on its vaccinations and has been tested for common diseases. You should also bring microchip information, vaccination records and passports (a photo identification card issued by the USDA or a foreign country’s equivalent) for each of your pets. This paperwork will help prove ownership in case of an emergency or make it easier to find lost pets if they get separated from you while traveling.

Additionally, when traveling by plane, train or boat (or even just walking out of the house), it’s best practice to let your landlord know where you are going before leaving town so they don’t think they’re being robbed by intruders while away from home! The same goes when staying at hotels: ask management if it’s possible

for them not only give written permission but also some advance warning so there won’t be any confusion later on down the road when checking out after a long trip full

of adventure with friends around town

Keep Your Pet Comfortable During The Flight

When you travel with your pet, make sure they are comfortable! Your pet should be able to move around in the carrier and have enough space to stretch out. If you’re carrying them on your lap, it is very important that their carrier is small enough so that their head doesn’t touch the seat in front of them. Alternatively, if you have a cat who does not mind being in a kennel bag or a dog who won’t chew through its leash, then consider putting them under the seat in front of you instead of placing it underneath where there are more people walking around. In addition to having plenty of room for movement, provide some kind of blanket or towel for your dog or cat (or whatever type animal) to lay on so that they can feel safe and secure while travelling with strangers surrounded by unfamiliar smells and sounds. You may also want to bring some toys along which will keep them entertained throughout the trip! Finally, if possible try bringing food treats along as well as water bowls; this way they won’t get hungry during their journey!

When you travel with your pet, it is important to make sure that their needs are met.

When you travel with your pet, it is important to make sure that their needs are met. When you are traveling with a pet, there are several things you will want to keep in mind.

  • Make sure they are comfortable and safe while they travel.
  • Make sure they have all of the food and water that they need during the trip.
  • Make sure they get plenty of rest on long car rides so that they don’t become sick or stressed because of lack of sleep before arriving at their destination.


Traveling with your pet can be an exciting and rewarding experience. However, it is important to make sure that you take the necessary steps to ensure their safety and comfort. By doing your research in advance, keeping all required documentation on hand, and making sure that they are comfortable during the flight, you will be able to enjoy a hassle-free trip with your furry friend by your side.

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