Tips For Traveling With Pets

Written on
August 20, 2019
Tips for Traveling With Pets

Looking after our pets while we travel is sometimes an overlooked task that can prove difficult to fix if you don’t have the right checks in place to deal with problems that may arise.

There are a few situations where traveling with your pet may cause distress to both you and your fur-kids. That’s why we’ve made you this checklist, so you can be prepared for whatever problems might come your way on your travels.

Before you even set foot on your journey, you’ll have to make sure of a couple of things before you get started. Make sure you pet is up to date with:

  • Vaccinations
  • heartworm prevention
  • flea and tick prevention
  • intestinal worming
  • microchip details.

Don’t let this put you off your adventure! Traveling with your pet can be very rewarding for both of you! Getting your pet outside it’s normal surroundings can boost their confidence as they are getting out of their comfort zone.


It goes without saying you’ll have to be prepared to drive to areas that are ‘pet-friendly’. This will obviously exclude national parks, but definitely be wary of any other caravan parks that do not welcome pets.


Now that you’re up to date with all the appropriate health checks and location research, you’ll need to get prepared for the journey itself and how to properly drive with your pet cruising alongside you.

Depending on how comfortable your pet is you might need to train them to get into the car and stay relaxed. As they improve you can increase the length of your trips, until eventually they’re comfortable doing multi- hour trips.

  • Don’t feed for approximately 4-6 hours prior to travel
  • Water is fine at any time.
  • Plan short breaks regularly so your pet can get out, do their business and some fresh water.
  • Ensure there is plenty of fresh air (open the windows or an air vent)
  • Pets have sensitive hearing so prevent any loud music while travelling.


There can come situations where you want to enter a national park or somewhere else where pets aren’t allowed. In the event you want to still adventure to this area, you’ll have to leave your pet in a kennel. 

Kennel’s will range in price depending how remote you are, but they all come with a guarantee of keeping your pet hydrated, fed and safe. 

Your pet will obviously go through some distress in being left there, particularly if it’s for multiple days, but that’s just something you’ll have to weigh up in your own mind. 

In most cases choosing to adventure to that national park is going to be well worth leaving your fur-kid behind for a few days.

If you’re ever in a real emergency with your pet on your travels, then never hesitate to contact a vet. It’s so important to keep in contact with professionals if you’re something has/is happening to your pet.