Pet Travel Checklist
Preparing For Rover's Big Adventure!
If you travel with your dog, this pet travel checklist will come in handy to help make sure that your pet's
needs, including necessary dog supplies, as well as other extra things that might be needed during the trip, are not
overlooked. It will be especially useful if you are unaccustomed to "packing" for a dog or other pet.
Dogs are going on family trips far more often now that so many hotels are making them welcome and even
providing special services to give them VIP (very important pet) treatment.
Pet Travel Tips, Preparation And Checklist
General Supplies, Including:
- Prep your dog for the trip if he's not used to travel. Take short day trips,
working toward an overnight at a pet-friendly hotel. Make adjustments if needed such as more frequent
breaks for a short walk, or alternate use of a crate for riding, vesus a car seat or seatbelt.
- Take your dog to the vet for a general check up and any renewal of shots if needed.
Ask your vet for a health certificate including shot record. Put this, along with other
in your dog's trip bag. Check supply of meds, if your dog takes any, refill if needed - and don't foget to pack them!
- Verify that your dog's license and id tags are in good order. Check out some
advanced id tags for additional protection. It's also a good idea
to carry a few recent pictures of your dog that can be used if he happens to get lost.
- Take along an extra leash - a reflective one would be good, plus a collar and duplicate tag.
- Research your trip itinerary for locations of dog friendly parks, beaches and
restaurants. Also, dog day care facilities, if you are planning to visit any tourist attraction that
doesn't allow pets. This way your dog will have some fun and be protected during this time.
- Try to maintain meal times and walks to follow the routine your dog is used
to at home.
- Take along a
First Aid Kit for dogs.
Also if you think your dog might have an "accident" being away from his normal routine, you can help him out
with pooch pads
or consider the convenience of taking along a portable dog potty.
- Rover's very own Travel Bag
complete with collapsible food and water bowls.
- Clean up bags and scooper, plus pet stain remover because even the most well-trained pet might have miss his mark when out of his normal terrain.
- Dog Crate if your dog is accustomed to using one. It might also be a good time to purchase a new comfy crate mat that can double as
his bed. The familiarity of a dog's crate can make him feel secure if you have to leave him in a hotel room for short periods.
- Grooming needs such as dry shampoo, brush, comb, towels and any other tools you might need on a longer trip.
- A quick drink pet water bottle.
- If you are taking along homemade food, a cooler chest that can be reloaded with ice at rest stops.
- A few of your dog's favorite toys.
- And last, but by no means least, dog food. If possible stick to the diet to which your dog has become accustomed.
So once you have made your reservations
, come on
back here to print out this pet travel checklist. Once you get into the final preparations for your trip, check off each item on the list just to make sure you haven't overlooked anything - even if some items don't apply.
Pet Travel Related Topics:
Dog Travel Reservations Page
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