Tips for Traveling with Pets from Krystal International

Traveling with pets

For most pet owners, their animals are considered members of the family. So when the time comes to plan the annual family vacation, it’s only natural to want bring the pets along.

While bringing your pets on vacation can be a lot of fun, it can also be quite complicated if you’re not prepared. To avoid these complications (and complaints from other travelers), the vacation ownership company Krystal International released an article with Tips and Tricks for traveling with pet.

The advice forum, Krystal International Vacation Club Complaints Prevention Team, frequently posts articles with travel tips. This information is published to help their members avoid travel complications and make the most of their vacations.

The article states that if you plan to travel with pets, the most important step is in the preparation for your trip. Prepare yourself to understand all the rules and regulations that come with pet travel to relax and truly enjoy your experience.

Tips for Traveling with Pets

  • If you are flying, research the airline’s policy on pets. Some cats and small dogs may be able to board the as a “carry-on” while larger dogs may need to be stored in a larger area.
  • If your pet needs to travel below the normal cabin, purchase a pet carrier that is safe for this type of travel.
  • Make sure that your pet is comfortable traveling in a pet carrier. Dogs that are crate trained should have no problem, but some dogs and cats may be unfamiliar with carriers. Prep your pet by taking shorter trips to acclimate them to the pet carrier. Even a few car rides should help.
  • Some airlines and destinations may require that you have pet health record or a “pet passport” in order to travel. You can ask the airline if these documents are necessary for your trip.
  • When traveling to a pet-friendly hotel, there may still be restrictions on the type of pet allowed at the resort. Double check if your pet can stay at the resort before you make a reservation. Also ask if there are any security deposits or housekeeping fees required. Calling ahead will help you avoid a problem at check-in!
  • You may want to take your pet to the vet before you travel. Just like humans, it’s no fun for a pet to be sick on vacation. Some vets may also provide you with medicine to help your pet sleep during travel.

For more information about traveling with pets, ask your vet! Your pet care provider can provide even more travel information based on your pet’s size, breed, and personality.