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Prepping for Holiday Travel with Your Dog

Prepping for Holiday Travel with Your Dog

It’s that time of the year again! With the holiday season in swing, it’s important to prepare appropriately when planning our travel schedules so that our best friends can travel safely and happily with us!

Bringing Your Best Friend Along

When your dog travels with you to visit family or friends, be sure to consider your method of transportation. Prepping for a flight with your dog differs from a road trip in a variety of ways. To help plan for travel, we break down the considerations for both options below.

Road Trip

Road trips can be a lot of fun with your best friend. However, it’s important to follow these safety tips to protect your dog’s well-being:

Safety First

Please make sure your dog isn’t allowed to roam around in the car. A harness (seatbelt or zipline), or a crate in the back seat, are great options to keep our traveling companions safe


It’s important to pack plenty of food while traveling, especially since you may not be able to stop at a pet store for your dog’s regular food. So while you’re packing your dog’s suitcase with their favorite blanket, squeaky toy, and water bowl, be sure to pack that yummy Bil-Jac dog food, measured out so you know you’ll have enough for the duration of your trip! Last but not least, make sure the food is sealed appropriately to stay fresh.

Stay Inside the Car

Keep those cute heads inside the car at all times! We all know our dogs love the feeling of wind and fresh air blowing into their faces. But in reality, dogs who keep their heads outside of car windows are at higher risk for injury as airborne objects can hit them in the face or enter their lungs.

Rest Stops

Be sure to stop frequently at rest stops along the way. Your best friend will probably be more excited than usual during the course of the trip, especially if they love car rides.

Avoid Leaving Your Dog Unattended

Avoid leaving your dog in the car alone because unattended dogs can become anxious or destructive, harming objects in the car or themselves.

Driving is often a more convenient option for you and your pet, but if you are traveling long-distance, a plane ride may be unavoidable.


If your holiday travels require you fly to your destination, consider the following checklist for items you may not have considered ahead of time!

  • Choose a pet-friendly airline

  • Look into breed specific regulations

  • Purchase an airline approved travel crate (one that includes water cups)

  • Obtain a Health Certificate from your vet 

Have Fun!

Make travel time as easy as possible for your dog so that you can both enjoy your trip! Bring along a variety of treats to reward your best friend for their positive behavior along the way. The holidays are all about spending time with family, friends, and loved ones. Whether you and your pup take a road trip or flight, try to inject some fun and be sure to prepare so that your best friend stays happy and healthy.

Leaving your friend behind this holiday season? Check out our blog post on 5 pet sitting solutions.


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Have you traveled with your pet before? We would love to hear about your experience in the comments below!

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