How to Travel with a Pet in Summer

travelling with a pet in summer tips

Travelling with your pet in the heat can certainly pose some challenges, which is why we’ll be discussing our top tips on how to travel with your pet this summer.

#1. Making a plan

Create a travel plan beforehand and only travel with your pet if it’s necessary. For some pets, travelling can be a stressful experience. So, before you book your trip, it’s advised to take your pet out on short trips first to get them used to travelling. Ensure to check that everywhere you have planned is pet-friendly and can cater to their needs. You don’t want to arrive at your destination and find that pets aren’t allowed.

#2. Travelling in the car

Taking on a road trip this summer? Are you getting your dog ready to travel by car? It's paw-ssible. When you’re travelling with a dog on the road, ensure to plan regular stops on your route for walks and toilet breaks. Heat stroke can be a real danger to dogs during the summer months, so it’s important to bring lots of fresh water and to keep the vehicle cool at all times. Never leave your pet inside a warm car unattended.

travelling with pets in summer advice

If your pet suffers from travel sickness, your vet can provide you with medication to help prevent this. It’s also imperative that your pet is safely restrained to ensure they are well-protected in the event of an accident. If you’re travelling in a campervan, check that you have the appropriate campervan insurance in place, before creating a little safe space for your pet with items they’re comfortable with.

#3. Travelling by plane

You must do your research before taking your pet on a plane as there are strict rules in place, which can make the process risky and complicated. Airlines will usually allow smaller pets to travel in the cabin in a carrier that can fit under the seat. Larger pets will need to be checked in separately, meaning they’ll be away from you for the duration of the flight, which could cause severe stress for them. As requirements and restrictions vary between airlines, it’s important to look into each option to decide what will work best for you.

#4. Staying in hotels

Whether you’re stopping off on your road trip adventure or flying out to stay in a hotel with your furry friend, you must ensure the hotel is pet friendly. You must also be considerate of the other guests, especially if they want space, peace and privacy.

#5. Dealing with heat

We’ve already mentioned avoiding overheated cars, but outdoor temperatures can also cause heat stroke, too. Dogs can get sunburn; especially those with thin coats and fair skin. Try to avoid walking them on hot pavements during the day, as their paws can get burns and blisters. If you are taking them out, try to do it in the early hours or late at night.

What about you, how do you travel with pets in summer? Feel free to share any tips & advice below!

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We overland. We eat plants and fungi. We live outside as much as possible. We are all connected. A female travel blogger overlanding and writing about ecotourism, ethical and sustainable travel, socially conscious travel and housesitting. An online travel magazine since 2015.


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