10 Things to Pack When Traveling with a Pet


1
Pet Carriers
Be sure that your pet can't escape from its crate.
Be sure that your pet can't escape from its crate.
©istockphoto/sampyseeds

­Like identification tags, carriers are an obvious necessity for traveling with a pet. Yet, you ought to evaluate the kennel you have and determine whether it's suitable for an extended trip -- especially if your itinerary includes flying. First, check the carrier's doors. How secure are they? When you crate your dog or cat for a quick outing, does the animal chew or scratch on the door? Has it ever successfully escaped? If so, it could be time to invest in a new carrier. Grated metal doors will be the most secure and chew-proof. Determined pets might eventually work their teeth through plastic ones. Carriers should also have plenty of ventilation. The windows or air openings shouldn't be large enough that a pet could shimmy its way out, though.

Planning to fly with your pet? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) warns against companies­ that tout their kennel as airline-approved. While most airlines won't allow wheeled carriers on board, there are no pre-approved types of carriers [source: USDA]. Just opt for the strongest and most comfortable one for your pet. Pet travel rules differ among airlines, and you can contact them individually for their specifications.

Related HowStuffWorks Articles

More Great Links

Sources

  • American Association of Veterinary Medicine. "Pet Travel Tips." Updated Dec. 2, 2008. (Jan. 8, 2009)http://www.cvm.umn.edu/newsandevents/facts/petsafety/Pet_Travel_Tips/index.htm
  • "Caring for Your Pets When You Travel." The Humane Society of the United States. (Jan. 8, 2009)http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/caring_for_pets_when_you_travel/
  • "Dog Tip: First Aid Kits and Emergency Treatments -- Prepare Now!." Paw Rescue. (Jan. 8, 2009)http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_FirstAid.php
  • "First Aid for Pets." American Red Cross. (Jan. 8, 2009)http://www.redcross.org/SERVICES/disaster/beprepared/firstaid.html
  • "Industry Statistics & Trends." American Pet Products Association. (Jan. 8, 2009)http://www.americanpetproducts.org/press_industrytrends.asp
  • "Pet Travel." U.S. Department of Agriculture. Updated Oct. 1, 2008. (Jan. 8, 2009)http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/pet_travel/pet_travel_tips.shtml

UP NEXT

When Car Sharing and Pets Converge

When Car Sharing and Pets Converge

We live in a sharing economy. And a pet-loving economy. So what happens when the two collide? Learn more about pets and carsharing at HowStuffWorks.


More to Explore