Travelling with pets needn’t be a daunting task; let’s discuss practical and helpful tips for when you are out and about on holidays with your pets!


Be Prepared

Before you hit the road it’s best to be prepared. If your pet hasn’t travelled long distances in the car before why not practice some short trips a few weeks before your big holiday adventure. Increase the distance and time spent in the car on each practice trip, these will ensure your pet is familiar with your car and less anxious about travelling. You’ll also be able to gauge if your pet suffers from motion sickness, and you can speak to your vet about medication options that can prevent or alleviate travel sickness. Pack wipes, towels and bags in case of accidents.

Pets must be safely secured in a car. It is best to transport cats and small animals in a pet carrier or crate. Dogs can be restrained using seat belt attachments or car harnesses.


Do your Research

If you are travelling to an area prone to ticks, be sure to start protecting your pet with a tick-prevention treatment before you arrive. Consider purchasing collars that deter fleas and ticks and tick removal tools.


What to Pack

Always remember to have a ready supply of water for your pet; have refillable bottles on hand, just in case you aren’t near any taps on your stops to your holiday destination. Don’t forget to pack waste bags to pick up your pet’s poo too.

If you are travelling long distances, you might need to rethink your pet’s food for the journey. Dry food can easily be transported but you might need to consider wet food options. Individual cans and pouches are a great, convenient choice. If you are introducing new food, transitioning to the new product before your trip is a good idea.


On the Road

Pets, just like people, need regular stops on long road trips. Be sure to have cats and dogs on a lead in unfamiliar areas, particularly along busy roads, to avoid any unwanted accidents where your pet could run off.


Arriving at Your Destination

It’s time to relax, you’ve arrived! If your pet is unfamiliar with the accommodation, keep them on a lead or in their carrier until the accommodation or yard is secured and all gates and doors are closed. Dogs and cats are likely to mark their territory, so be prepared to wipe up accidents.