Whether you are traveling with your pet for the first time or have done it multiple times, a pet travel checklist always helps get things in order. Your pet is a huge responsibility, especially when it comes to traveling together. It has often been observed that pets feel the stress of travel, so you need to ensure that you carry the right things and make proper arrangements to relieve their stress as much as possible.
- Vaccination records: While traveling, vaccination records are critical so that your pet can be provided with the right care if and when needed. The vaccination records are an important part of a pet travel checklist. They not only provide vital information about the shots taken so far but also give a quick view of any existing conditions that vets need to know before treating your furry friend. If you’re flying to your destination, an inspection certificate (confirming that the pet is fit for flying) may also be required by the airlines.
- A good-quality leash: Think about investing in a good leash before you start your travel plans. Any leash made for runners is great for travel. Some leashes come with a belt instead of a loop, making them perfectly hands-free. Assuming you will have your luggage to deal with, such a leash is perfect when you are multi-tasking. Some of these leashes come with anti-shock properties, allowing the leash to extend slightly instead of pulling you.
- Waste removal bags and wipes: Poop bags and wipes are an essential part of any pet travel checklist. Whether traveling by road, air, or by sea, consider carrying extra waste removal bags, scoopers, and wipes. Wipes work perfectly when you have to clean up small messes, while waste removal bags are great for keeping your car clean. A scooper is your best companion when setting out on a road trip, as you can keep your dog and the environment clean.
- Medicines: Is your pet on medicines? If yes, ensure that your pet travel checklist includes their regular medicines, along with any they might need at the destination. It is not always possible to find the medicines you need at your destination, so make a list of medicines that you give your pet for certain conditions. This list may come in handy if your pet develops a specific problem during trips. If you need a vet’s services, all the information will be readily available.
- Travel carrier: Travel carriers are the most important part of preparing for a trip. If you’re traveling for long periods, it makes sense to invest in a decent, well-designed carrier. The carrier must provide your pet with ample space to move around during the journey. Also, allow your pet to spend time in the carrier and get used to it before you start traveling.
Though this is not a comprehensive pet travel checklist, these tips can make your experience safe and smooth.