Are you planning a holiday, but can’t imagine leaving your furry friend behind? Traveling with pets can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but it does require some extra planning and considerations. To ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip for both you and your pet, here are five essential tips to keep in mind.
1. Plan Ahead
Before embarking on your journey, research pet-friendly accommodations, transportation options, and activities at your destination. Not all hotels, holiday rentals or tourist spots are pet-friendly, so it’s crucial to confirm their policies in advance. Look for pet-friendly accommodation options, ideally with nearby green spaces for exercise.
2. Prepare Your Pet
Help your pet acclimatise to travel by gradually introducing them to the carrier or crate you’ll be using. Start with short trips and gradually increase the duration to reduce their anxiety. Ensure your pet’s microchip information and ID tags are up to date with your current contact information in case they get lost. Also, pack their familiar items like favourite toys, blankets, and food to provide comfort in a new environment.
3. Prioritise Safety
Safety should be your top priority when traveling with pets. Ensure they’re secured in a well-ventilated carrier or harness during transportation. If driving, use a pet seatbelt or a crate secured in the car to prevent injury in case of sudden stops.
4. Maintain Routine
Keeping your pet’s routine as consistent as possible can help minimise stress. Stick to their regular feeding and walking schedule as much as possible. Familiar routines can provide comfort and stability, especially in unfamiliar surroundings. Additionally, maintain their diet to avoid any stomach upsets due to sudden changes in food.
5. Be Mindful of Surroundings
While on holiday, be mindful of your pet’s behaviour and the environment. Keep an eye out for potential hazards like toxic plants, foods, or other animals that might trigger a reaction. Respect local rules and etiquettes regarding pets in public spaces and always clean up after your pet to be a responsible traveller.
Traveling with pets can be immensely rewarding, fostering stronger bonds and creating unforgettable memories. But, by planning ahead, you can ensure a stress-free and enjoyable holiday for both you and your furry companion. Remember, with a little extra preparation, your pet can be the perfect travel companion, adding joy and adventure to your holiday experience.
Pet Friendly Stays with We Stay
Many of We Stay’s beautiful holiday homes allow pets, so if you’re looking to plan your next trip away but don’t want to leave your furry friends behind, you can browse our stunning range of properties here.
For further advice on how you can ensure your next holiday is absolutely perfect, read our dedicated guide, “How to Plan Your Perfect UK Holiday in 2024“.