How to travel with pets during the COVID-19 pandemic
In a year where health is of concern and the travel industry is struggling, we’ve spent more time at home with our pet’s. This has led to stronger bonds with our four-legged family members than ever before and mixed in with a new appreciation for nature, it’s no wonder we’re seeing more questions around how to get the most of travelling with your pet whilst the pandemic is ongoing.
We’ve put together this blog to highlight important pet travel checks to carry-out, advice on keeping your pet safe during the pandemic and some useful travel pet resources so you can keep the adventures with pets ongoing.
No matter whether you’re travelling with cats or travelling with dogs, as always with pet travel, planning ahead and preparing will make adventures easier for all of the family – but this is now no longer just advised and has become a necessity in the current times. With restrictions changing daily across the world, it’s imperative to stay up to date on news, follow government laws and guidelines and be prepared for last-minute changes.
To begin, review your local governments advice including local restrictions and monitor continuously. Where can you and will you likely be able to travel to and from?
For our UK Travfurlers we recommend the .gov website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
Outside of the UK we recommend the WHO website as a starting point:
Once you understand the current options available to your adventure pet, it’s time to choose.
Wherever you decide to travel, ensure you have a vet on standby and plenty of supplies to tide you over in case of an emergency. We have a blog on pet travel essentials that can help with this.
Pet friendly staycations are the new going out!
If borders are currently closed or out of choice, could a staycation in your home country or region be a safer and an all-round easier option?
Sometimes it’s easy to forget the beauty and adventures right on our doorstep and perhaps this is the year your pet could experience more exploring closer-to-home whilst supporting local pet friendly businesses.
Can you still travel with pet’s internationally?
Visit our blog for general advice and guidance on taking pet’s abroad.
Outside of the above, due to the pandemic it is worth double-checking no pet travel restrictions have changed for the country you’re wishing to travel too and ensuring you keep up to date whilst on the move.
Pre-book pet friendly amenities
For any accommodation, restaurant or activities it’s even more important to make contact prior to arrival to check they are still pet friendly and will be able to accommodate your needs.
With new restrictions on services and processes changing, some businesses are reducing opening hours, limiting availability and unfortunately this does mean in some businesses we have seen reduced numbers of petfriendly rooms or tables.
As facemasks are quickly becoming a staple tool used around the world to limit the spread of the virus, it’s advisable to socialise your pet to them before travelling.
If you are only just getting back out to adventure, especially if you have recently come out of a lockdown period, try to slowly and gradually reintroduce noises and busy areas. During lots of quiet time at home our pet’s can quickly adjust to this as the norm. Meaning they can struggle to re-adjust to the outside world as every day life picks up.
If you find your pet is struggling or is likely to in the future, we offer a range of natural pet calming products to help:
Travel cat calming kit
Travel dog calming kit
Pet calming spray
How to keep your pet safe during COVID-19
First and foremost, keep yourself safe. The easiest way to do this is to adhere to all local preventative laws and guidelines and ensure you stock up on corona virus travel essentials.
Since the virus spreads on surfaces, ensure to sanitise your hands and pet’s accessories often especially if they are touched by others outside of your household. We stock a gentle, fragrance free and pet-safe sanitiser especially for this:
Also keep your pet well cleaned – our range of towel-off pet shampoos are ideal for keeping your pet clean when on-the-go:
With emergency pet services and vet’s reducing hours, services and in some cases the ability to physically enter the premises with your pet, It’s important to try and reduce the risk of your pet needing to visit.
Where possible, stick to rural, open areas with lots of space and make the most of what nature has to offer.
Embrace your companion, embrace the adventure!
Whether you’re travelling near or afar, enjoy every minute with your pet and thank them for their companionship whilst times are tough. We can’t wait to see where you explore together next!
The Travfurler Team
For more pet travel advice make sure to check out our other travel pet blogs or our recommended pet bloggers and friends:
- Cat Travel tips: Thehikingcat - https://thehikingcat.com/
- Dog Travel tips: exotiktraveler – luxury pet travel - https://exotiktraveler.com/blog/luxurytravels/travels/luxury-pet-travel/