If you’re travelling with pets, it pays to do a little planning in advance. When taking a trip by public transport, there are a few key items you should bring. Here are our top picks for things to take on a journey with pets.
For many pets, travelling can be stressful. And even if you’re a travel expert like Chase, it’s still nice to kick back and relax while making a journey. That’s why it’s a good idea to bring some comfort items for your trip.
We normally carry fluffy blankets with us for long train or bus journeys. This allows the dogs to relax and maybe go to sleep in a comfortable position while we go from place to place. Spreading the blanket out can also show your pet where you want them to rest. This is a good way of stopping your pet from blocking passageways or doors.
Does your pet have any toys or other items that help them to relax? You may wish to bring these along too to help your animals settle.
The Great British weather always keeps us on our toes. Even on a beautiful sunny day, a downpour might be just around the corner. So, bring a raincoat when you’re off on your travels.
Keeping your pet warm with coats is especially important if you have a short-haired dog (like a greyhound!). We use thick, fur-lined coats in winter and smaller raincoats in the warmer months. This varied wardrobe allows our hounds to change their outfits to suit the weather, looking stylish in the process!
Snacks and Drinks
Keeping your pets well-fed and watered while you’re on the road is essential. Snacks will help to keep a dog happy and relaxed. They can also be used to reinforce positive behaviour when out and about.
If you’re on a longer journey, you might want to bring bowls and full meals. If we’re out past dinner time, we bring a few tins of food and put dry food into Tupperware containers or Ziploc bags.
Remember to bring water and a bowl. If you have trouble getting your dog to drink when out and about, check out our ideas for keeping your pet hydrated.
First Aid Kit
A pet first aid kit is a must. While travelling with pets is very safe in general, you never know what might happen. Keeping a few simple medical supplies to hand will allow you to act fast in an emergency.
We bring a kit containing:
- Cloths and wet wipes
- Gauze and tape
- Saline and disinfectant
You may wish to bring slightly different items depending on your pet’s needs. Even a small first-aid kit can really help.
Packing a bag in advance can help you and your pets to enjoy your journeys. Think carefully about anything that might be helped to bring along. Looking for more travel tips? Follow us on Facebook to keep track of our latest posts.