Tips and Tricks for Aussies Travelling with Pets

Whether travelling internationally or somewhere within Australia, heading off on an adventure takes a bit of planning. You’ll likely want to book your accommodation so you know where you’ll be sleeping, arrange transportation, and organise travel insurance in case of medical emergencies, lost luggage, or other unexpected occurrences while away from home. This amount of planning naturally increases when going on an adventure with pets. In today’s article, we’ve compiled tips and tricks to help make travelling with pets a breeze.

Visit the vet

You’ll want to make sure Fido is up for the journey before hitting the road or taking to the skies. Schedule a visit to the veterinarian to get your furry companion checked out. Ensure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations, obtain a health certificate, and discuss any specific concerns or recommendations to make the journey easier for them. This is also an opportunity to address motion sickness or anxiety issues.

ID and microchip

Your pet should have proper identification, including a sturdy collar with an ID tag containing your contact information. You may also wish to consider microchipping your pet as an additional precaution in case they get lost during the trip. Microchipping is a permanent form of identification and can greatly increase the chances of a lost pet being returned to its owner. Update the information linked to the microchip before you leave.

Invest in a comfortable travel carrier

We want to be comfortable while travelling, and our pets are no different. If travelling by air or car, invest in a comfortable and well-ventilated pet carrier. This should be a safe space for them while on the journey. Allow your pet to become familiar with the carrier beforehand by placing treats and toys inside. Gradually increase the amount of time your pet spends inside the carrier, and reward them accordingly for their good behaviour. For car travel, secure the carrier with a seatbelt to prevent movement during the ride.

Research import rules and restrictions

Before taking your furry friend overseas, you’ll need to research the animal import rules and restrictions of your destination country. This includes any required vaccinations, quarantine periods, and necessary documentation. Depending on where you’re travelling to, there may also be specific regulations for certain breeds or types of pets. It’s important to thoroughly understand these regulations beforehand to avoid any potential problems or delays during your trip.

Provide both essential and familiar items

While it’s a great idea to pack a travel kit for your pet that includes food, water, bowls, medications, grooming supplies, and any necessary documents, it’s also important to bring along familiar comfort items for them. This could be your pet’s favourite toys, blanket, or bed to provide a sense of familiarity and comfort in a new environment. Having everything organised will make it easier to attend to your pet’s needs during the trip, while familiar scents can help them feel more at ease while travelling.

Plan regular breaks

Whether you’re driving or flying, planning for regular breaks allows your pet much-needed time to stretch their legs, go for a short walk, and take care of their bathroom needs. This is especially crucial for long journeys to prevent discomfort and restlessness. During the breaks, keep your pet on a leash or otherwise secure to prevent them from getting lost or injured. You should also bring along some water and a portable bowl for your pet to have hydration during these breaks.

Find pet-friendly accommodations

Those travelling overnight will need to make sure pet-friendly accommodations are booked. Many hotels and rental properties welcome pets, but it’s essential to confirm their policies and any additional fees in advance. Book places with pet-friendly amenities like nearby parks or designated pet areas for added convenience and comfort. Make sure the property has enough space for your furry friend to be comfortable, particularly if you’ll be staying there for an extended period. If staying with friends or family, ensure they are aware that you’ll be bringing your pet along and ask if there are any specific rules or restrictions for pets in their home.

Be mindful of temperature

Travelling can mean a range of temperatures, some of which your pet may never have experienced before. Keep an eye on the temperature, especially if travelling by car. Never leave your pet unattended in a parked vehicle, as temperatures can quickly become dangerous. Ensure proper ventilation and consider using sunshades to keep the vehicle cool in warmer climates. It’s also important to monitor your pet in extreme cold temperatures, particularly if they are not used to such weather. Consider packing extra blankets or jackets for your pet to ensure their comfort and safety in the cold.

Try to stay calm and positive

Pets are perceptive to their owner’s emotions. Staying calm, positive, and reassuring during the journey can help lessen your pet’s stress or anxiety. Speak to your pet in a soothing voice and offer treats for good behaviour throughout the journey, creating a positive association with travel. Try not to get too worked up if your pet displays signs of stress, as this could further exacerbate the situation. Instead, remain calm and show them love and attention to help ease their nerves. Speak with your vet about options if you have a pet that’s a particularly nervous traveller.

Travelling with pets requires careful planning and consideration, but it can be worth it to enjoy your holidays (or new home) with your furry companion. Remember to prioritise your pet’s comfort, safety, and well-being throughout the trip, to ensure a more enjoyable journey for both them and you. We hope these tips have helped make the travelling process smoother, and we wish you and your pet a safe and enjoyable journey. And who knows, maybe they’ll even become a seasoned traveller!