Let’s be honest – traveling with your furry friend and making memories does sound like an awesome idea. However, many new dog owners might not know the issues that can pop up due to your pet. Whether it’s inappropriate accommodation, stressful travel, or even being separated and not having a way to find your dog.

We will talk about useful tips to keep in mind when traveling with your furry friend. Take a look.

Do Your Homework

You must do your research on the destination before traveling with your dog. Each destination has its own set of laws and regulations for dogs, so you must be well-informed. This will help ensure a smooth and stress-free trip for both you and your pup.

Pack Essentials

Make sure you pack everything necessary for your dog. This includes dog food, water, bowls, medication, crate or carrier, leash and collar, and identification tags. Depending on the destination, you might also need to bring along your dog’s vaccination records and other documentation.

In addition, you might also want to bring a toy or two to keep your dog entertained. Moreover, consider bringing in a towel and some cleaning supplies in case of any accidents.

If you’re traveling by air, make sure you check with the airline beforehand about the restrictions and requirements for bringing a pet on board. 

Some airlines require that your pet is in a carrier during the flight, while others only allow dogs and cats to travel in the cargo hold.

Planning ahead will help ensure that your trip goes as smoothly as possible for both you and your furry friend.

Check With the Accommodation Provider

Some hotels and Airbnbs have a no-pet policy, so it’s important to be aware of this before booking. If your pet is not allowed in the accommodation, you might need to find a pet-friendly hotel or Airbnb. 

Other things to look for in a hotel include:

  • Spacious rooms
  • Proper ventilation in the rooms
  • Good room service
  • Positive reviews
  • Must be in the budget

For example, if you are looking for apartments for rent in San Diego, make sure you check for the above pointers along with whether they allow pets or not. 

Prepare For Security Checks

If your dog is traveling with you, it will have to go through security checks just like you. Make sure you are prepared for this and have everything you need ready to go. 

This includes petting your doggo to say, “it’s okay buddy, just a security check,” and carrying a waste bag in case your dog needs to pop at the airport. The last thing you want is for your dog to get stressed out during the security check.

There are doggie bags available at most airports for easy clean-up. Make sure to use them!

Prepare For Temperature Changes

It’s important to make sure your dog is comfortable at all times. If you are traveling during the winter, make sure your doggo has a sweater or coat for warmth. Also, if traveling by car, try to vary the temperature by driving with both windows rolled up and down for varying degrees of coolness.

Make sure that your dog has plenty of access to water, as well as a cozy spot in the car or plane to curl up and nap.

Feed Your Dog Often

Make sure you take plenty of time out to feed your pup. Your dog should always have access to fresh water and should be fed at least once every couple of hours.

If the trip is long, it’s good practice to stop for a potty break about halfway through. You don’t want to let your dog hold it dirty your vehicle’s interiors.


Depending on your preparation, traveling with a furry friend can be fun or a nightmare. We’re sure the above tips will help.