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Pet Travel Checklist: What to Pack for Dogs and Cats

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As pet parents, we always want our furry friends to be with us wherever we go. But when it comes to traveling with them, we need to be extra cautious and well-prepared to ensure their safety and comfort. Whether you’re going on a road trip or flying to a different city or country, packing the right things for your pet can make all the difference. In this post, we’ll go through the ultimate pet travel checklist for both cats and dogs to help you prepare for your next adventure with your beloved furry companion.

 

Pet Travel Checklist: What to Bring

Before we delve into specific checklists for cats and dogs, here are some general items that you should pack for any type of pet travel:

  • Pet identification: Make sure your pet has an ID tag with your name and contact information, as well as their name and any medical needs.
  • Health certificate and vaccinations: Bring your pet’s health certificate, especially if you’re flying, and make sure they’re up-to-date on their vaccinations.
  • Medications: Bring any necessary medications your pet needs, along with a copy of their prescription and instructions.
  • Food and water: Pack enough food and water for the duration of your trip, as well as their bowls. Collapsible travel bowls are a great space saver. 
  • Leash, harness, and collar: Bring a leash, harness, and collar, even if your pet is well-behaved off-leash.
  • Crate or carrier: If you’re flying or driving long distances, a crate or carrier is essential for your pet’s safety and comfort and may be useful when you get to your destination as well.
  • Blanket and toys: Bring a familiar blanket and some KONG toys to help your pet feel at home and calm.

 

Pet Travel Checklist for Dogs

When traveling with your furry dog companion, it’s important to consider their needs and comfort during the trip. Here’s a checklist of what to pack for your dog:

  • Dog food: Bring enough dog food for the duration of your trip, and make sure it’s the same brand and type your dog is used to.
  • Treats: Bring some KONG treats to reward good behavior or as a special snack.
  • Dog bed or blanket: Bring a comfortable bed or blanket to help your dog feel at home, especially if they’re staying in a new place.
  • Doggy waste bags: Don’t forget to pack some waste bags to clean up after your dog on walks.
  • Grooming supplies: Pack some grooming supplies, including a brush, comb, shampoo, and towel, to keep your dog looking and smelling fresh.
  • First aid kit: Bring a first aid kit for your dog, including items such as gauze, tweezers, antiseptic wipes, and a thermometer.
  • Travel water bottle: Bring a travel water bottle for your dog to stay hydrated on the go.

 

Pet Travel Checklist for Cats

Traveling with cats can be a bit more challenging, as they tend to be more sensitive to changes in their environment. Here’s a checklist of what to pack for your feline friend:

  • Cat food: Bring enough cat food for the duration of your trip, and make sure it’s the same brand and type your cat is used to.
  • Cat litter and litter box: Bring a small litter box and enough litter for your cat’s needs.
  • Cat carrier: A sturdy and comfortable carrier is essential for your cat’s safety and comfort during the trip.
  • Cat toys: Bring some favorite KONG toys to keep your cat entertained and relaxed during the trip.
  • Cat bed or blanket: Bring a comfortable bed or blanket to help your cat feel at home in a new place.
  • Scratching post or pad: Bring a scratching post or pad to help your cat relieve stress and mark their territory.
  • First aid kit: Bring a first aid kit for your cat, including items such as gauze, tweezers, antiseptic wipes, and a thermometer.
  • Travel water bottle: Bring a travel water bottle for your cat to stay hydrated on the go.

 

Traveling with your pets can be a wonderful and rewarding experience, but it does require some extra planning and preparation. KONG Club and our vets are here 24/7 while you are traveling. Our pet coaches can help make a travel plan and work on any pre-trip behavior goals. Learn more about a KONG Club membership.

By following these pet travel checklists for both cats and dogs, you can ensure that your furry companion is safe, comfortable, and happy throughout your trip. Remember to also check with your airline or hotel ahead of time to make sure you comply with any rules or regulations regarding pet travel. With the right supplies and a little bit of extra care, you and your furry friend can enjoy a memorable adventure together.

 

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