Dog Travel Checklist

by Hannah Roundy

Planning a summertime getaway with your dog? Plan ahead with our dog travel tips for a stress-free vacation.

It can be hard to leave your pup at home while you travel. But now, it’s easier than ever to bring them along. Planning a summertime getaway with your dog? Plan ahead with our dog travel tips for a stress-free vacation.

Dog-Friendly Destinations

If you are still in the planning phase of your trip, it can be difficult to find a destination that caters to the needs of your dog. Luckily, the American Hotel & Lodging Association reported in 2016 that about 75% of luxury, mid-scale and economy hotels allow pets.

You can use BringFido to find dog-friendly hotels, restaurants and events for your trip. Many hotel booking websites also offer search filters for dog-friendly stays. Kimpton Hotels and Virgin Hotels are known to be the most accommodating dog-friendly hotels available. 

Before booking your stay, contact the hotel to see if they have any dog breed or size restrictions. Some hotels and rentals may also charge an extra fee to have your dog stay with you.

Stay at a dog-friendly hotel or rental on your next vacation

Flying with Your Dog

Taking your dog on an airplane may not be the simplest form of travel. Many airlines only allow small dogs or service animals on their flights. On top of that, airlines only let on one to four dogs on each flight.

Airlines can even restrict the breed of dog you are traveling with. For example, American Airlines does not accept dog breeds such as Boston Terriers, Pit Bulls, Shih Tzus and more. In contrast, Delta is considered one of the most dog-friendly airlines because they don’t restrict the breed of dogs onboard. 

In most cases, the airline will ask that your dog fits into a carrier that can easily be stowed under your seat. Many airlines will also charge a fee for dogs flying with you (typically ranging from $90 to $200). 

Be sure to call the airline prior to booking your trip to ensure your dog meets their travel requirements. Even if you are traveling with a dog-friendly airline, here are a few things to consider:

  • Airplanes are loud and shaky - if you have a nervous pup, flying might not be the best method of travel. 
  • Ensure your dog is able to stay in their crate for the duration of the flight. International flights might be too long for your dog to handle. 
  • Prior to boarding, take your dog to the bathroom. Many airports have pet relief stations for this purpose. 
  • Make your dog comfy in their crate with bed, blanket or towel. Throw in a toy for them to chew on! 

Tips for Road Trips With Dogs

Road trips are ideal for people with dogs of all sizes, especially big dogs since many airlines don’t allow large breeds on their flights. Plus, riding in the car instead of having to be in a carrier gives your dog more space to make themselves comfortable during the trip. You can also control where and when you stop for potty breaks.

Bring Sundays for your dog on your next road trip

Before you head out on the road with your dog, here are a few safe travel tips:

  • If your dog isn’t used to car rides, take them on short rides to get them used to the feeling. 
  • Be sure that the car is well-ventilated and fresh air is coming through. 
  • Bring plenty of cool water to keep your dog hydrated.
  • Try using a dog seat belt, car seat or crate if your dog doesn’t like to sit still.
  • Avoid accidents by stopping often for potty breaks. Give your dog a few minutes to stretch their legs and get some exercise during these stops. 
  • Bring along a toy or long-lasting chew to ease your dog’s anxiety.
  • Never leave your dog in the car by themselves. They can get overheated very quickly, which can be fatal for your dog.

Another tip is to avoid feeding your dog too much before a road trip. Some dogs can get carsick and even throw up if they are too nauseous. Instead, bring small snacks to keep them nourished. Sundays is a great travel treat because it’s lightweight and easy to store. There are also natural digestive aids like pumpkin and ginger in Sundays to keep your dog’s stomach at ease.

Dog Travel Checklist

Curious what to pack for your dog? Here are the essentials we recommend bringing along: 

  • A leash and collar are essential for dog travel safety. Be sure they have an ID tag with their name & your contact information in case they get lost. 
  • Collapsible bowls for your dog’s food and water are easy to travel with. 
  • Do your part and bring potty bags to clean up after your dog. 
  • Dog crates/carriers are helpful during road trips and are often required for airline travel. 
  • Toys and long-lasting chews can help your dog manage travel anxiety and help them feel comfortable in unknown territory. 
  • Bring plenty of their current food for mealtimes. Keeping their travel diet consistent with what they eat at home will help you avoid an upset stomach. 
  • Don’t forget the Sundays

Your dog might not enjoy traveling and that’s okay. In some cases, your dog might be more comfortable at home with a pet sitter. Remember to do what is best for you and your pup. 

Try Healthy, Easy Sundays