In writing about our personal experiences, we sometimes mention products or services that we use or recommend. This page may contain affiliate links for which we receive a commission.
To ensure that your next trip with your dog goes smoothly, following are 10 things you’ll want to do before you leave.
Think of it as a checklist of sorts.
These travel tips apply whether you’re traveling with your dog via car or plane.
Before You Travel With Your Dog…
#1 – Schedule a veterinarian visit so you’ll have recent paperwork showing your dog’s overall health and current vaccinations.
#2 – Make sure your dog’s identification tags are up-to-date and readable.
#3 – Include your destination address and/or phone number on your dog’s tags and cage/crate.
#4 – Remember to pack water for your dog to prevent dehydration.
#5 – Pack all of your dog’s medications, vitamins, and supplements — so you don’t miss any doses.
#6 – Pack a dog first aid kit – so you’ll be ready in the event of an injury or medical emergency.
#7 – Exercise your dog prior to departure.
#8 – Feed your dog at least 4 hours prior to departure to prevent car sickness or motion sickness.
#9 – Trim your dog’s toenails to prevent snags and injury, especially if your dog will be traveling in a cage or crate.
#10 – Know the travel rules and pet restrictions wherever you’re going — especially if you’ll be traveling on a plane.
More Tips Before You Travel With Your Dog
- More Tips Before You Go Roatripping With Your Dog
- 10 Must-Haves Items That Simplify Dog Walks & Car Rides
- Have You Microchipped AND Registered Your Dog’s Chip Yet?
- 9 Things No One Tells You About Traveling With Dogs
- FlipKey’s 10 Great Dog-Friendly Accommodations
- 8 Tips For Traveling With Older Dogs
- The Most Pet-Friendly Airlines
I like to help Dog Parents find unique ways to do things that will save time & money — so I write about "outside the box" Dog Tips and Dog Hacks that most wouldn't think of. I’m a lifelong dog owner — currently have 2 mixed breed Golden Aussies that we found abandoned on the side of the road as puppies. I've always trained my own dogs and help friends train theirs, as well. Professionally, I worked at a vet and have several friends who are veterinarians — whom I consult with regularly. (And just because I love animals so much, I also worked at a Zoo for awhile!) I've been sharing my best ideas with others by blogging full-time since 1998 (the same year that Google started… and before the days of Facebook and YouTube). My daily motivation is to help first-time dog owners be better prepared from the first day your new puppy enters your home. I like to help dog owners understand what's 'normal' and what you can expect in terms of living with and training your dog — how to get through the ups & downs of potty training, chewing, teaching commands, getting your dog to listen, and everything else that takes place during that hectic first year! When I'm not training, walking, grooming, or making homemade treats for my dogs, you will find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites). To date, I've written over 500 articles for dog owners on this site!