If you are traveling with pets for the first time then let me tell you that you are in for a stressful experience if you are not fully prepared and ready with anything your pet may need during the journey. If you are taking your pet through an airport you must first consider whether or not it is safe for your pet to be traveling, I would argue that you take your pets to the vets prior to taking them on a flight to make sure that they are in a healthy and positive mindset that can cope with the stresses of traveling.
Food and Drink
You don’t know at what point in your journey you may be able to find some food and drink for your pet, especially on a long-haul flight that could leave your pet in a confined space for multiple hours. You don’t want them to go hungry or thirsty. You should pack enough food to keep them happy and as a pet owner, you need to be aware of how much food they need to get through a certain time period.
One of the biggest issues when it comes to flying with your pet would have to be the amount of paperwork that is required before you and your pet are allowed to travel, depending on your destination you may also have to invest in a passport for your pet in order for them to be allowed into and out of the country. Other important documents would be your vaccination records for your pets so the staff can know whether your animal is safe to enter a specific country.
If your pet is on any kind of medication you will also have to remember to pack these and make sure that your pet has had the required dosages for the day before you are separated. For any medications, you will also need the relevant paperwork to prove that the drugs are what you claim and that you are legally in possession of them. Without this, it is likely that you will be refused travel and that is something you will definitely want to avoid if possible. You should also bear in mind that you may not be able to find your pet’s medication in the country you are traveling to so you need to bring enough with you to last the duration of your trip.
Toys and Comfort Items
Travelling can be very stressful not only for you but for your pets too, this is why it is so important that your animals have access to their favorite comfort items and toys to remind them of home and hopefully keep them relatively calm. Within your pet’s travel case you should try your best to make the space as comfortable as possible and for many animals the scent is just as important, you should pack things like blankets which will smell of home and create a familiar environment for your pet whilst you are traveling.
The next time on this list would have to be the travel carrier, it is important that you find a carrier that is small enough to meet your travel restrictions whilst being big enough to provide a spacious and calm environment that is not going to freak your pet out whilst they travel. Of course, you have to adhere to the restrictions but make sure you are not buying a carrier that is too small and will not offer the required space to be able to travel comfortably. If you are in the market for a new pet carrier then I would recommend that you look at petsuppliesunlimited for a luxury travel solution.
Treats and Incentive Items
When you are traveling with your pet it can be hard to see how uncomfortable a foreign environment can make them, however, it is also very important that they behave well when they are traveling. This is where your training will come in and if you have done it correctly your pet should respond positively to threats and rewards, with this in mind when they are behaving you should reward them in the form of treats to encourage them to stay calm and happy.