Research and familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations of your destination regarding pet travel, including vaccination requirements.
Visit the veterinarian
Take your pet for a pre-travel check-up to ensure they are healthy and up to date on vaccinations.
ID your pet
Make sure your pet has a secure collar with an ID tag containing your contact information.
Choose an appropriate carrier
Select a well-ventilated and secure carrier that provides enough space for your pet to stand, turn around, and lie down comfortably.
Familiarize your pet with the carrier
Allow your pet to get used to the carrier before the trip by placing treats, toys, and bedding inside and gradually increasing their time spent in it.
Bring your pet's food, medications, water, bowls, leash, waste bags, and any comfort items they may need during the journey.
Ensure a comfortable journey
Make the trip enjoyable by keeping your pet comfortable with proper ventilation, temperature control, and avoiding long periods of confinement.
Schedule regular breaks to allow your pet to stretch their legs, have bathroom breaks, and get some fresh air. Plan rest stops at pet-friendly areas.
Secure your pet in the vehicle
Use a pet seat belt, harness, or a secured carrier to keep your pet safe and prevent them from roaming around the vehicle.
Be prepared for emergencies
Carry a pet first aid kit and know the location of nearby veterinary hospitals or clinics along your travel route.