Travelling safely with pets on your next holiday - The Community Leader and Real Estate New and Views


Travelling with pets, whether for a day trip or an extended holiday, is becoming more common than ever before. Here are some tips to help ensure that everyone can enjoy the trip!

Travel safe

  • Your pet should be well restrained in the car to prevent accidents. This means a well fitted harness and seatbelt or a crate for smaller dogs and cats.
  • Keep a water bottle and bowl handy to ensure your pet stays well hydrated – when you stop for refreshments give them a drink too!
  • A collar and lead should be kept on at all times when out of the car, especially in unfamiliar environments where sometimes even the best trained dog may be too distracted to listen to recall commands.
  • Calming products or sedatives as required for anxious travellers.

Cleaning products

  • Wet wipes
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Poo bags
  • Puppy pads
  • Towels
  • Grooming supplies – shampoo, brushes


  • Now is not the time to try new food – keep a supply of your pet’s usual diet (especially if they are on a specific diet for medical needs).
  • Keep a supply of dry food in a sealed container readily accessible.
  • Wet food in cans or pouches.
  • Treats.

Medicine and first aid

  • A pet first aid kit is a valuable tool – there are commercially available kits for dogs and cats. At the very least a supply of saline, betadine and a few bandages may come in handy!
  • Medications – make sure you have a supply of any prescription medications your pet needs.
  • Vaccination records – caravan parks and other facilities will often require you to show proof that your pet is up to date with their vaccinations.
  • Vet contact details – it’s a good idea to have both your regular vet’s contact details and an idea of the location of vet clinics in the area you are travelling to.

Favourite things

  • To make sure your pet can relax and enjoy their holiday it is a good idea to pack any favourite toys, bedding or blankets to make them feel at home.

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