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Traveling with your pet can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life. You get to take a break from your normal routine, enjoy new places and sights with your furry friend by your side—it’s wonderful! But before you hop on that plane or board that train, there are a few things you’ll want to know about bringing your pet along for the ride. Here are some tips for how to make sure that both you and your animal companion have a safe and enjoyable trip:

Many hotels and vacation rentals are pet-friendly.

Many hotels and vacation rentals are pet-friendly. Ask about the hotel’s pet policy before booking, and tell them you’re traveling with pets. If you’re traveling with more than one pet, ask for a room with multiple beds if possible. If they don’t have that option, consider asking if they have a room with a balcony or if they have an off-site area where your pets can play (and you can relax!)

You can find out which hotels and motels allow pets on Pets Welcome’s website.

Tuscany cat
Tuscany cat

Pets Welcome is a website that has a list of pet-friendly hotels and motels. You can search for hotels by state, city or zip code. You can also search for pet-friendly hotels by name or brand. Additionally, you can even search for pet friendly places to stay by the size of your pet.

Some airlines have different rules than others.

There are some airlines that allow pets in the cabin and others that only allow them to be transported in cargo. Some airlines don’t have weight restrictions for pets traveling with their owners, but others do. All airlines require you to check in your pet at least 24 hours before departure and most of them require you to submit documentation about your pet before your flight takes off.

Some airlines allow dogs on certain flights but not on others, so make sure you check the rules with your airline before booking a ticket.

Pet parents should call their airline in advance to inquire what they need to bring.

When traveling with your pet, it is important to call the airline before booking your flight. Some airlines require that pets be in a carrier or container that can fit under the seat, while others allow them as carry-on. In some cases, the maximum weight for carry-on varies from airline to airline.

It is also important to know if there are any limitations on how many pets you may bring per flight or if you must purchase two one-way tickets (one for you and one for Fido). Some airlines require a health certificate while others do not (this will vary by country).

There are pet passports, but they aren’t the same thing as human passports.

a happy woman with a big white dog on a white yacht in the sea

A pet passport is not the same thing as a human passport. While it might seem like a great idea to take your pet on vacation with you, there are some important differences between animal and human passports that you should be aware of before making any travel plans.

First, it’s important to understand that domestic travel does not require a pet passport unless the flight is international in nature. If the flight is within one country (like from New York City to Boston), then there are no restrictions on where or how long an animal can be kept on board.

Second, if you do plan on taking your pet abroad with you and they’re going through customs at JFK or LAX or wherever else has been decided upon by those who make these rules, they will need identification in the form of a valid health certificate signed by an official veterinarian within 10 days prior to arrival into another country (and if they’re traveling internationally via ship or train instead of flying then this requirement extends all the way back until their arrival date).

Check with your vet before traveling, especially if you’re going abroad.

  • Check with your vet before traveling, especially if you’re going abroad.
  • Make sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations and all health checks.
  • Discuss any medications your pet may be taking (such as flea or tick medication) with the doctor; some of these can cause serious problems in other countries, so it is important to keep them at home.
  • If you’re taking prescription drugs for yourself, ask if there are similar equivalent medications available overseas that might work better for your pet.

Visas for international travel may require more documentation than domestic travel does.

  • You will need to have a passport for your pet. A passport can be obtained at the U.S. Animal Health Inspection Service (APHIS) office in your area, and costs $20.
  • As you prepare your pet for travel, you will need to keep in mind that there are some countries that require extra documentation before allowing an animal entry into their country. For example, Malaysia requires an import permit, as well as proof of rabies vaccination within the past 12 months. Pets from Australia must also have been vaccinated against diseases like rabies as well as ticks and fleas on two separate occasions within one year prior to entering Malaysia; further requirements may apply depending on how long ago your pet was vaccinated last time around!

Pack a kit for your pet’s trip in case of emergencies or accidents.

You should always have a kit with you when traveling with your pet. This kit should include food and water, medications, a collar and ID tags, leash and harness, a carrier or crate (if you’re flying), blanket or sleeping pad (for the car ride), toy and treats.

Your kit should also include the following items:

  • A first aid kit that includes bandages in various sizes; gauze pads; non-stick pads; antiseptic wipes; ointment for cuts; tweezers; scissors; sterile eye wash solution (to flush eyes if they get irritated by something); antiseptic hand cleaner to cleanse your hands after touching an animal or cleaning its wound(s); latex gloves in case you need to give medication or an injection.

Make sure to plan ahead when traveling with your pets.

  • Call the airline in advance.
  • Check with your vet before traveling.
  • Have a kit for emergencies: pet carrier, food and water bowls, leash, first aid kit (including pain relievers), litter box and scoop, toys and treats.
  • Make sure you have a pet passport (if needed).
  • Get the right paperwork for international travel if traveling abroad with your pet


Remember, pet travel is a lot like traveling with humans. You need to make sure you’re prepared for your trip and have everything you’ll need on hand. If you’re an experienced traveler, then this shouldn’t be too difficult for you. But if it’s your first time bringing Fido or Fifi along for the ride, then take our advice—do some research beforehand!