8 Travel Tips: Be Travel-Ready!
1- Destination country's requirements
Each country has different standards and requirements regarding pets and animals entering their country. Look up the country along with words such as "customs", "border control" and "traveling with pets" on Google to see what the requirements are for that specific country.
For travels to the United States, you need an up-to-date rabies vaccination with a veterinarian's certificate (with his/her licence number) stating when the vaccine was administered, when the next one is due, with your dog's name, breed and date of birth on it. Be sure to look up this information prior to your own travels to make sure the requirements haven't changed.
Certain countries (like in Europe) require your dog to be microchipped, while other countries just don't let you enter with dogs!
2- Airline/train requirements
Look up your airline or train's requirements regarding pets. Most airlines have similar requirements when it comes to carriers. For our recommendations, watch this video. This is important because some airlines don't accept dogs! Also, I highly discourage putting your dogs in a crate in the luggage area of the plane unless you absolutely have to bring your dog (ex: when moving). Accidents happen when dogs travel in the luggage compartment and if you can prevent it, please do so!
Herky & Milton travel as emotional support animals (ESA) and therefore don't need a carrier. For more information on ESA, I'll probably make a separate post/video coming up.
3- Pet-friendly accommodations
Look up some dog-friendly hotels or accommodations and inquire about their policies. Inform them that you're traveling with dogs. Some hotels don't allow your dog to stay in the room if you're not there. Some hotels also offer dog sitting services and dog walking services. You want to be prepared and ready for whatever they offer!
4- Local pet sitters
If your hotel doesn't allow your dogs to stay in the room without you being there, it's good to know some pet sitters or dog day cares in the area.
Look up car rentals and inquire about their policies regarding pets. Some companies only allow dogs up to a certain weight, others only allow dogs in crates etc. You don't want any unpleasant surprises when you arrive to that country!
If you're not renting a car, look up public transportation and taxi companies and their policies regarding pets.
6- Dog activities
When traveling, you also want to make sure your dog has fun and is not only in a hotel room the entire time. Look up dog activities and outings in the area you're traveling to. You can also look up some dog meet ups (we love these), dog beaches, trails and parks!
Make sure your dog's tags are up to date with your information. You want to be reachable in case your dog gets lost, especially if you're in a foreign country. It's also very useful to have the rabies tag on your dog when traveling.
This is optional, but we give the girls some Trazodone before each flight to help them calm down a bit and reduce anxiety. As you know, airports can get very hectic so we want them to be as calm as possible. Once they get on the flight, they fall asleep right away :) Again, this is optional and use your best judgement to determine whether you think your dog would need this or not.
For the video, please watch below :)
Thanks for reading and happy travels!