There is a lot to remember when traveling with pets, especially when flying with one. We’ve made it easy for you with this packing list for traveling (by car, train or plane!) with your cat or dog.
General Gear for Dogs
General Gear for Cats
Exercise & Rest
Many places require rabies vaccinations, and it’s good to ensure you have updated records for your pet. If you are traveling in the car to Canada, they may ask to see them, so you’ll need to have them handy in the car.
You won’t want to forget your pets’ medications while away. A week or so before you travel, take inventory of your supply and call ahead if you run out while away so you can stock up.
If your pet is microchipped, ensure you have the number and that you have registered your pet so that the scan of the microchip will lead them back to you in case you get separated.
This may seem a no-brainer, but you’ll need a good crate when traveling with your pet- especially when flying with smaller ones. For bigger dogs flying in cargo, a heavy-duty carrier like this one is needed to ensure your dog is comfortable and the crate can endure the trip. For smaller dogs, a carrier bag like this soft-sided one will be easy to carry and fit under the seat in front of you.
Not only will you be happy if your pet has a collar on if they try to make a run for it, and you can easily grab them, but the ID tags you attach to them will be important if they do get away from you. Make sure any tags have their name and your phone number so the person who finds them can contact you.
Make sure you have a recent photo of your pet in case they go missing. You’ll need it to show people the animal you are looking for.
Of course, you can’t go anywhere without a litter box for your feline friend. This portable, collapsable litter box is 100% waterproof, has a handle for easy carrying, and is collapsable for easy storage when not in use.
Collapsable bowls are the way to go – you can easily keep them tucked under a seat in the car or in a bag when flying.
Don’t forget to pack your animal’s favorite food before heading out. If you don’t need a full bag of it, get a kibble caddie like this one, or try a whole travel center like this that holds the food, bowls, toys, and water.
It may seem obvious, but if you are leaving the house with your dog in its carrier, you may forget the leash! We love the PetSafe Nylon Dog Leash.
If you are used to just letting your dog out by opening your back door and don’t need to pick up after them, you may forget that you need waste bags when you walk your dog. These compostable ones are our favorite.
When traveling during winter months, your dog may need booties if it snows or gets icy. We love the Bark Brite All Weather Dog Boots– they will keep your dogs paws warm and clean in the worst of weather.
If space is limited, this travel bed rolls up easily into the included pack for easy transport and is machine washable.
If you can’t bring your dog’s favorite bed, throw in their favorite blanket for familiarity, especially if they are flying cargo.
Make sure your pet stays entertained even while on the road by bringing their favorite toys.
Keep your animal’s fur neat and tidy with a brush.
Make sure your pets stay clean while on the road with these grooming wipes—easy to keep on hand for keeping them fresh.
Keep them safe in the car with a seatbelt harness.
If you plan on taking your dog on a boat or to the beach, a life jacket like this is a good idea – not all dogs are great swimmers!
Light for Collar
Keep you and your dog safe with a light for their collar.
If your pet is flying with you, pee pads like these may make or break a trip. Even if it’s a short flight, you never know what their nerves will do while flying.
This may seem overkill, but if your cat is used to having scratch posts at home, they will likely scratch things they aren’t supposed to while on the road, so a fold-up scratch post like this or a scratch pad may be a lifesaver.
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