Planning Your Travel with Pets

Advanced planning can help make your trip more enjoyable for both you and your pet.

  • Evaluate whether your pet is comfortable when traveling. Some animals, like some people, function better in familiar surroundings.
  • Be sure your pet is properly identified with a current ID tag. In addition to your home information, attach another tag with your cell phone number and/or destination phone number.
  • Pack a copy of a current rabies certificate, your home veterinarian’s phone number, any medication or special care instructions and a photo of your pet. In the event of an emergency these all will be invaluable
  • Creating a “pet travel bag” with some basics will help keep everyone organized. Some items to include might be:

    water bowl and food dish
    filled water bottle
    dry and or canned food
    pet food lid and can opener
    favorite toys
    extra leash
    spare towels
    plastic bags
  • If your pet is crate trained, bringing a travel crate or carrier will create a familiar safe haven.

Pet policies vary from property to property, policies may suddenly change, and some properties may only have a limited number of pet friendly rooms available. So at the end of the day, we recommend that you call an establishment directly to confirm their pet policy and availability. We want traveling with your pet to be full of adventure, not unpleasant surprises.

Tips for Accommodations with Pets:

  • Keep your pet on a “short leash” while you assess the reaction of your fellow travelers. Not everyone is comfortable with a surprise visit from a gregarious pooch or a friendly Iguana while riding the elevator or strolling the lobby.
  • Check for restrictions on taking your pet into common areas. Are they permitted everywhere on the property’s grounds, or just in certain areas?
  • Unpack your pet’s travel bag and settle them in as soon as possible. A familar bed, toy and water bowl will provide a sense of security.
  • The bathroom is great spot for water & food bowls, litter boxes, etc. and minimizes clean up when you’re ready to check out.
  • Confirm the lodging’s policy about leaving pets unattended in guest rooms. Some properties allow it, some require that the pet be crated and quiet, and some prohibit it altogether.
  • If you do leave a pet unattended in your room, place a “do not disturb” sign on the door. Not only is this a courtesy for the housekeeping or maintenance personnel (who may be unpleasantly surprised), but from a safety stand point it minimizes the chance of your pet bolting out the door should someone open it.
  • Should you want to leave your pet for an extended period, ask for referrals on local pet sitters. Many properties have approved pet sitters who will come and stay on location with your pet.