Motorcycle Pet Traveling Guide

It'd be cool if your dog could ride in the sidecar, but Fido's safer in a pet carrier. See more pet pictures.
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­We don't often associate pets with motorcycle traveling, but if you're a fan of the open road and vehicles with two wheels, why not bring your pet along for the ride? In fact, it could make the experience even more enjoyable.

If you do decide to bring Fido, Felix or Dean the chameleon along on your next motorcycle excursion, you'll need a safe motorcycle pet carrier to do so [source: Majon]. They come in a variety of diff­erent shapes and sizes, so you'll have plenty to choose from when you go shopping.

As always, when you're planning to travel with your pet, you should take it in for a veterinary checkup to make sure it's fit to travel. It needs to be up-to-date on shots and vaccinations, and you should also make sure you have appropriate identification for it. Be sure to make extra room on your bike for food and water as well.

­Don't forget to pack a bag with all the pet care items you might need. Bring a leash, if app­licable, and plastic bags to clean up waste. Don't forget something for your pet to eat out of, either. You'll need a bowl or some kind of dish. It's not a bad idea to bring along some toys as well. This will help to ensure your pet enjoys the trip as much as you do.

If you're traveling by motorcycle with your pet for the first time, you may want to try a shorter trip. See how your pet reacts. If it doesn't seem to be enjoying the trip at first, don't worry. It may get more relaxed as it acclimates to the experience. A motorcycle ride is, after all, quite unfamiliar for a pet -- and also really noisy. Do your best to make sure that your pet is as comfortable as possible. An extra blanket can go a long way.

If you plan ahead, you shouldn't have any issues traveling by motorcycle with your pet. Read on to find the perfect pet carrier for the open road.