Lots of people own pets now and this sees a variety of animals play a key role in family life – from dogs to cats, gerbils, chinchillas and more. Whilst many of us would make arrangements for our pets to be looked after when we went on holiday in the past, lots of people now choose to travel with them instead. This is not only great fun for you but also means your pet can experience the excitement of travelling too.
Before you head off though, you must prepare properly for the trip. But what are the key things to remember when travelling with a pet?
Take out pet insurance for the trip
One thing you should definitely not forget when travelling with your pet is insurance. It is therefore crucial to find the best deals around from trusted brands like Petsure before you head off. But why is this so important?
In simple terms, it gives you total peace of mind that your pet can get the care they need, should they have an accident or fall ill while away. In addition, it gives you financial cover against the cost of any treatment that could be needed. If you already have a policy, remember to double check what is covered under it and that it applies to travelling to other locations/countries.
Take a pet carrier along
However you plan to travel, pet carriers are a necessity and make the whole journey more manageable. If you plan to fly, they are also something which airlines will insist on. Even if you are planning a road trip in your own vehicle, housing your dog or cat in a carrier keeps it calm and stops it interfering with your driving. For other pets like hamsters, it is worth remembering to take them along in their cage for best results.
Supplies for cleaning up messes
When travelling with your pet, remembering some supplies to clean up after it is wise. If you plan to take your pet dog away with you for example, it is advisable to pack dog bags so you can pick up after it when on the move. It can also be worth remembering some baby wipes for cleaning up other messes and some dry anti-bacterial handwash for you to use whilst travelling.
Food and drink
When travelling with your pet, it is also crucial to remember food and drink for them. This is especially true if you have a long journey ahead of you in a confined space (such as a car). Fresh water is obviously essential and there are travel water dispensers out there now which are perfect for situations like this. If you will be travelling via bus, train or plane, you should be able to find free fresh water for pets at most airports, train stations and bus terminals. It is also a good tip to keep some treats handy, so that pets do not get too hungry on your journey.
Get organised when travelling with pets
Whatever pet you plan to travel with, it is critical to get organised and remember to pack all the essentials you need. This will not only make the journey more enjoyable for you but also ensure your pet remains happy and healthy. If you need a few tips on the most important things to remember, the above should help.