Flying on a Plane with Your Pet? Be Sure to Consider These 4 Tips for Traveling with a Pet

As the holiday season approaches, more and more people will start to plan trips to see loved ones. If your loved ones live far away, then driving a vehicle on the trip will usually be out of the question. The best way to travel long distances in a short amount of time is by taking an airplane. There is however one undeniable fact that comes along with this realization. You will have to arrange a dog crate. After all, you want your furry friend to be cozy when traveling. Taking your pet along on these types of trips can help to put your mind at ease regarding their well-being. Having to leave a pet with a boarding facility can be very nerve-racking. The following are some of the things you will need to consider whether you’re traveling with an emotional support animal or just traveling with pets who you can’t stand to be without.


Tips for Traveling with a Pet and Flying on a Plane with Your Pet



  1. Booking a Direct Flight is Important

Before you embark on this journey, you will have to take some time to find the right airline to use. With all of the different options out there, choosing the best flight will require you to invest a great deal of energy. When looking for a flight, you need to book one that has no layovers in other cities. The reason why you should book a direct flight is to keep your animal safe during travel. The more layovers you have, the higher the chance will become of your dog getting left on the tarmac for long periods at a time. This can be especially problematic if the weather outside is cold. Paying more to book a direct flight is well worth it considering how beneficial it can be. If you’re looking for flight booking tips, check out my post on it here. 


  1. Get Your Pet a Vet Checkup before Embarking on This Journey

Scheduling a vet appointment is also a good idea before going on a long flight with your animal. You need to make sure things like your pet’s vaccinations are up to date and that they have any medication they require. You will need to obtain a health certificate 10 days prior to going on the flight in order for your pet to be cleared to fly. If you have a worry about your pet freaking out when flying, you should speak with your vet to get some recommendations on how to calm them down. If you planning on flying out of the country, you need to contact a government office within the area you will be traveling to. They will be able to let you know what additional requirements need to be met in order to bring your pet into their country.


  1. Buy a Shipping Crate for Your Pet

The next thing you will need to do when flying with your pet is to purchase a USDA approved shipping crate. When trying to find the right crate, you need to make sure you get one that is big enough for your pet to stand and move around in comfortably. You need to also make sure the crate in question is lined with an absorbent bedding material. Make sure you tape a package of dry food to the outside of the crate so the airline employee handling these crates can feed them along the way. Before embarking on your flight, make sure the door to the crate is securely closed, but not locked.


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  1. Be Aware of Delays

If your flight is delayed for some reason, you need to speak with the staff of the airline to let them know your animal is being held in a crate. When delays are long enough, the airline will let the pets they are holding out so they can avoid going stir crazy. Neglecting to inform the staff of the airline that you are traveling with an animal can create a variety of stressful situations. When packing your animal crate, you need to make sure you label it correctly to ensure the workers can contact you if needed.


By following these tips, you should be able to have a carefree travel experience. The time and effort that you invest in getting ready for this trip will be worth it in the long run.

About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

1 Comments on this post

  1. Thank you for the great tips. I have heard that taking a dog on a plane can be very bad for their health, is this a thing to consider?

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