Everyone loves vacations, but leaving your pet behind – even if it’s only for a few days – can be hard on both of you. On your next vacation, skip the goodbyes and bring your pet along! As long as you prepare properly, traveling with pets can add more joy to your adventures and create treasured memories. To help ensure everything goes smoothly, follow these ten simple tips for traveling with your pet.
1. Pack a bag for your pet
After you pack your suitcase, pack an extra bag for your pet. Bring plenty of food in case the particular brand your pet eats isn’t readily available at your destination. A collapsible food and water bowl set is useful, especially for car trips. Make sure to pack a leash, collar/harness, grooming supplies, medications, bedding, litter, and a favorite toy to make them feel at home.
2. Bring medical records
Bring copies of your pet’s medical records and health certificate as well as contact information for your vet in case of an emergency.
3. Create temporary ID tags
In addition to a permanent name tag with a home address, make sure your pet also has a tag with the address of the hotel you will be staying at as well as a phone number where you can be reached.
4. Never leave your pet unattended in the car
Even with windows down, cars can reach dangerously hot temperatures within minutes, especially in Florida. Keep a spare leash in the car in case you need to take your pet with you.
5. Make sure you have the right kind of pet carrier
This is especially important for pets flying the friendly skies. Soft carriers are good if your pet will be in the cabin with you, but otherwise you should purchase an airline-approved carrier large enough for your pet to stand, sit, and turn around in.
6. Book direct flights if traveling by plane
Avoid the stress of rushing to switch planes by booking direct flights. Non-peak flights are also a good choice as fewer passengers mean your pet will enjoy more cabin room.
7. Once you arrive, check out pet-friendly areas
Orlando has plenty of pet-friendly areas to visit. Socialize with local canines at the nearby Dr. Phillips Dog Park or take your furry companion out for a stroll around Lake Eola. Many local restaurants with outdoor seating allow dogs as well.
8. Go on walks to alleviate anxiety
Just like humans, pets might feel a little unsettled during their first few days in a new place. If your pet enjoys walks, go explore the new surroundings together. Alleviate anxiety with exercise.
9. Consider doggy day care
Unfortunately, pets are not allowed everywhere. If you can’t bring your pet with you to certain Orlando destinations, try doggy day care. Neither Disney nor Universal Orlando Resort™ permit pets but they both offer day care options for dogs, so you can relax and enjoy your day at the theme parks while knowing your dog is safe.
10. Book a pet-friendly hotel
Of course, when traveling with pets you’ll need to secure pet-friendly accommodations. Rosen Hotels & Resorts welcomes furry guests in all our properties. Our special, pet-friendly guestrooms offer easy access to outdoor walk areas.
Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando offers deluxe accommodations for you and your pet near top Orlando attractions. Enjoy every comfort and convenience during your stay as you explore Orlando with your four-legged best friend. Call 407-996-8585 to book your vacation today.