With holiday travel fully underway, it’s time to get your checklist ready to ensure that you and your pet are fully prepared for the journey ahead. If you plan to leave your pet home for their own little staycation while you’re away, then great! There are also a few simple steps you can take now to get ahead of the stress of leaving them behind.
Examples include calling our boarding facility to book your pet’s stay ahead of time, updating all of your pet’s veterinary and contact records with our front desk in the event of an emergency, and gathering all of their things into a designated area of your home for easy access while you’re away.
However, if your pet will be joining you during your holiday travels, your pre-trip travel checklist may be a bit more extensive. That’s why we’ve put together this easy list to help you remember each and every item to take with you as well as a few things to take into consideration for a comfortable and stress-free adventure for all. Here’s what your list should include:
- A well-fitted collar and/or harness with updated ID tags
- A leash that both you and your pet feel comfortable using. A second, backup leash, like a lead leash, is also recommended in case you lose or can’t get to one while in transit.
- A comfortable, size-appropriate crate or travel carrier
- Your pet’s bed and/or favorite blanket to sleep on (or a more appropriate travel-sized bed)
- Toys for entertainment and distraction
- A litter box for kitty and clean up baggies for bathroom breaks with your dog
- A clean food and water bowl
- Fresh food and water as well as snacks and treats
- A pet-friendly first aid kit
- Copies of your pet’s veterinary records and immunization certificates
- Copies of all veterinary prescription medications as well as any and all necessary medications
- A list of all emergency contacts including your own information, in the event of separation, as well as your regular veterinarian’s, and a list of local animal hospitals in your area of travel
When traveling with pets, take the extra time well ahead of your actual travel date to ensure that all of your bases are covered. There’s nothing more stressful than leaving things to the last minute, especially when it comes to ensuring that your pet has everything that they need to remain calm and comfortable on your journey. So, keep this holiday travel checklist handy as you start packing.
A bit of preparation will always pay off in the end and will ensure that everyone has a safe and happy holiday, and remember – your checklist will need to be adjusted to meet all of your pet’s specific needs. Safe travels!