A smart checklist for traveling with your pet
You and your pet are inseparable, right?
If you’re one of the many pet owners who can’t bear to leave their dog, cat, or other type of pet behind, you’ll be happy to know that the trend of taking your furry friend on vacation is on the rise. In fact, many choose to include pets in their travel plans.
But like any good thing, taking your pet with you on a trip can go awry if you don’t plan things right.
The folks at travel insurance know about planning. That’s why we’ve put together 6 top tips that will help you and your pet enjoy vacation time together as a team without the risk of a mishap.
So, here we go with the smart guidelines any seasoned traveler with a pet should check out and follow.
Six essential things to do before traveling with a pet
• For a road trip: keep your dog or cat in a special carrier designed for travel. If that doesn’t work, make sure your pet is restrained in the back seat. This way, he/she cannot disturb you while your focus should be only on driving, following the road signs and safely reaching your destination. Remember to stop to rest frequently where you and your pet can stretch limbs, exercise and rest. Follow the rule about vehicles: Never leave a child or pet indoors alone because cars can quickly overheat and become death traps – a vehicle for tragedies.
• When traveling by plane, make all inquiries about the rules regarding taking your pet with you. It’s best to take your pet in the cabin while on the plane, but if that’s not an option, select a direct flight with fewer risks than a connecting flight. Keep a photo of your pet on you at all times so that you have visual evidence of identification.
• Arranging for all necessary identification papers. If you can get your pet microchipped, this is an excellent way to confirm identification. Make sure the tag on your pet contains your current contact information, including your cell phone number. And it’s a good idea to have your pet’s vaccine and medical records in your possession.
• Do not forget to put all the necessary things for your pet in your luggage. This should include favorite toys, a pillow for sleeping and snacks.
• The hospitality industry is becoming increasingly pet-friendly, so make plans to stay in a hotel that welcomes you and your pets. You can also find vacation property owners who are happy to rent to those with pets, as well as home sharing companies that will cater to your pet. Be sure to be upfront about taking your pet with you, so you don’t hit any bumps on arrival.
• There is no point in taking your pet on vacation to sit in a hotel room. Make sure all of your fun is pet-friendly, and do your research on restaurants and entertainment venues so your pet will be allowed in.
• Consult with an experienced professional insurance agency about the best travel insurance for you and your pet.