September 27, 2023
Packing for your pet – what you need to bring with you.
The long weekend is fast approaching, so we have come up with a list of pet essentials you’ll need for a weekend away with your best mate.
When travelling with pets, it’s important to ensure their comfort, safety, and well-being. What you should pack for your pets can vary depending on the type of pet, length of stay, mode of transportation, and the destination, but here are some general items to consider.
Identification and Documentation
Collar with ID tags containing your contact information.
Proof of vaccinations and health certificates if required by your destination.
Microchip information (if your pet is microchipped).
Travel Carrier or Crate
Ensure it’s the right size for your pet to stand, turn, and lie down comfortably.
Proper ventilation and secure locking mechanisms.
Pack their blankets or bedding for comfort. Their favourite toys or chew items to keep them entertained. Familiar items that smell like home to reduce anxiety.
Food and Water
Enough food for the duration of your trip plus some extra in case of delays.
Portable food and water bowls. You can buy a tailor-made Navigator Dog Travel Buddy set to make travelling a breeze!
Medications and First Aid
Any necessary medications with instructions.
A basic pet first-aid kit.
Contact information for a local veterinarian at your destination.
Leash, Harness, and Collar
Even if you’re not planning on walking your pet during the journey, you should have these for safety.
Waste Cleanup Supplies
Poop bags or a portable litter box for cats.
Paper towels and disinfectant for accidents.
Brush or comb, especially for long-haired breeds.
Nail clippers (if necessary).
Comfort and Safety in the Vehicle
Pet seat belt or harness to secure your pet in the car.
Window shades to protect from the sun.
Do not leave your pet unattended in a hot or cold car.
Emergency Contact Information
Keep contact information for your regular veterinarian, an emergency vet at your destination, and any pet-friendly hotels or accommodations.
Plan for Regular Stops
Plan for regular breaks to allow your pet to stretch, drink, and relieve themselves.
If you’re staying at hotels or other accommodation, make sure they are pet-friendly and make reservations in advance.
Remember to research the specific regulations and requirements for travelling with pets to your destination, as pet policies change frequently. Packing for your pet needn’t be difficult, it just takes some organisation and a bit of planning.