Traveling with Pets

A lot of people are always asking our hoomans how they travel with us. We wanted to share a little bit about how we travel together and what makes the travel easier on the hoomans!


National Flights


First off we want to just talk about how our hoomans travel with us on national flights and then we’ll get into the products they use to take us places. The hoomans like to travel on Southwest Airlines because they are pet friendly and an all around good airline.

Southwest’s pet policy allows the hoomans to travel with us because we are vaccinated and over 8 weeks old. They just bring our paperwork in case they are asked to present it.

Southwest has a policy that only six pets are allowed to travel on a plane per flight with a limit of one pet carrier per customer. Pets are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until capacity is reached. There are some circumstances where Southwest allows more than six pets on flights though.

When we fly Southwest we have to be in a carrier under the seat in front of the hoomans for the duration of the flight. What’s great about Southwest is that it allows you to put two pets of the same species in the same carrier, so the hoomans often put Luna and Casper in one carrier and Milo and Poppy in the other. There needs to be two humans to travel with all of us though. Pet carriers are considered a personal item or a carryon item. A customer is only allowed two bags per flight and a carrier counts as one, but you can have checked bags as well if you are traveling with lots of stuff.

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Milo’s First Plane Ride

It’s also important to note that if you are an unaccompanied minor, Southwest will not let you travel with a pet.

When we get to the airport the hoomans take us to the airport ticket counter to check us in. The hoomans can get their boarding passes at kiosks and online still though. Each pet carrier costs $95 each way. You can make reservations online before getting to the airport to secure your pets spot. Mom normally forgets to do this and she just goes to the ticket counter when she arrives. She hasn’t had an issue with this yet.

ETA Dogs

If you have an emotional therapy animal under 20 pounds or a service animal over 20 pounds, then you don’t have to pay for them. If you have an ETA or a service animal then just go to the help desk and show them your letters. The help desk employee will then mark your ticket to allow you to pre-board and you don’t have to pay. A pre-board person on Southwest gets to enter the plane first and because Southwest’s seating policy is first-come, first-serve you can sit anywhere. With a service dog over 20 pounds you must sit in the bulkhead (front row). With a carrier you can sit wherever you want except the first row or the exit rows.

Security

When going through security with your pet, hoomans have to carry their pets and walk through the screening device while the carrier is x-rayed. Us pets are subject to being searched by security and airline personnel. We have never been searched but after our hoomans go through security they get their hands wiped and checked before they are clear to go.


International Flights


This is an entirely different process. We have not traveled internationally before but there’s a lot of paperwork that needs to be prepared before the flight if you want to travel with your pet internationally. The paperwork and approval will also depend upon what country you are traveling to.

To travel to Europe you have to get approval from the USDA and the customs in the country you are going to. Items that you will need:

  1. Dog health certificate
  2. Rabies and microchip (rabies vaccination has to happen after the microchip). Also, the rabies vaccine has to be administered 21 days before the flight
  3. EU health certificate with approval from USDA. Your pet’s vet has to send an EU health certificate to the USDA.

We haven’t traveled internationally so we don’t know too much about this but check out the link below. It details pet travel to every country!

Pets and International Travel 


Road Trips


We made a checklist for pets going on a road trip!

  1. Try not to feed your dog right before the trip! A light meal a few hours before starting the trip is ideal. This will make it less likely for your pet to get an upset stomach.
  2. Take your dog for a long walk or let them run around the yard to get their energy out before a road trip.
  3. Practice for road trips by taking short rides with your pet. All of us are very used to the car because our hoomans started this early for us.
  4. Make sure pet is microchipped before trip in case something goes wrong.

What to bring?

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Ark Naturals Capsules
  1. Anti-nausea pills for pets just in case your dog is prone to motion sickness. We have made the trip from LA to Denver and Luna got motion sickness after several hours in the car.
  2. Another way to tackle motion sickness is to not let your pet roam the vehicle! Bring your pet’s carrier so they have something to feel secure in when the car is moving. If you have a bigger pet you can use a laundry basket or a cage to help them feel secure.
  3. Their regular food
  4. A water bowl (preferably a collapsible one) 
  5. Poop bags
  6. Collar and leash
  7. Medical records and vaccines (especially rabies)
  8. First aid kit 
  9. Grooming supplies
  10. Bed
  11. Blankets
  12. Pet’s favorite toys  

Pet Carriers


For pet carriers to be acceptable on airlines they cannot surpass the maximum dimensions of 18.5″ long x 8.5″ x 13.5″ wide.

Southwest pet carrier

You can get a pet carrier from Southwest Airlines for $58 at any ticket counter or online at Southwest: The Store.

 

 


We recommend getting a comfier pet carrier from Petco or PetSmart.

If you have a large pet or are traveling with two pets we recommend getting the Good2Go Expandable Pet Carrier:

Pros:

  • Roomier than other carriers
  • Zip-out window that provides 70% more room for your pet
  • Removable inner fleece pad that is comfortable!
  • Shoulder carrying strap
  • Mesh windows for ventilation
  • Large zippered pocket on one side to store things
  • Barrier to protect zip out window from being chewed on when it is closed

Cons:

  • Very large for one small pet
  • Only comes in black
  • Can’t use expandable zip-out window on the place because won’t fit under the seat
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Luna, Casper, and Milo in the Good2Go Expandable Pet Carrier – $56

The Good2Go Ultimate Pet Carrier:

Pros:

  • Adjustable shoulder strap
  • Carry handles
  • Luggage Handle
  • Lots of ventilation
  • Thick mesh so it is hard for people to look at your pet
  • Soft fleece-liner inside
  • Zippered side pockets and ID slot
  • Available in different colors!

Cons:

  • Price potentially: $56-$70 (depends if it is on sale or not)

The Sherpa Element Deluxe Pet Carrier is another good option for your pets!

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Luna with Sherpa carrier
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Sherpa Element Deluxe Pet Carrier

Pros:

  • Soft faux lambskin liner
  • Fits under the seat on almost all aircrafts
  • Open back strap to slide onto most suitcase handles
  • Relatively cheap at $34.00

Cons:

  • No zippered pockets for storage
  • Only available in colors pictured
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Luna traveling in style in her Sherpa

Pet Carrier Tips from Mom:

  1. Put pee pads on the bottom of the carrier around the removable liner just in case your pet has an accident. Makes clean up a lot easier!
  2. Pack pee pads, poop pads, food, and pet health records in the zippered pocket of carrier for easy access

Bags and Slings

If you have a small pet a sling is great for travel! Australian Shepherds in particular like to be close to their owner and they feel more comfortable in slings where they can pop their heads out and see their owner.

This bag is super convenient when traveling anywhere with your pet. When we were puppies our hoomans would bring us with them to school, work, or lunches in this bag.

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Good2Go Urban Sling – $24

Pros:

  • East to travel with
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Comfortable for the pet
  • Mesh ventilation on one side
  • Pet gets to be close to you
  • Open pocket on one side

Cons:

  • Pets can get overheated – needs more ventilation
  • Big opening so pet can jump out if you aren’t paying attention.

Wacky Paws Pet Sling

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Wacky Paws Pet Sling – $45

Pros:

  • Can loosen or tighten the opening of the bag
  • Unzips to let pet out
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Comfortable for the pet
  • Pet gets to be close to you
  • Air mesh fabric
  • Hands free – pet can’t jump out if you tighten it
  • Available in different colors!

Cons:

  • Pet can get overheated

Collapsible Pet Bowls

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Collapsible Pet Bowls (4 pack) – $9.99

Collapsible bowls make giving your pet water when you’re traveling very easy! You can attach them to a leash and then easily be able to share your water bottle with you pet. These usually come with carabiners to make attachment to leashes and pet carriers easy! You can get these pretty much anywhere if you type in collapsible pet bowl on google. Here’s a four pack from Amazon:

 

 


We hope you found this helpful and have a great trip with your furry friend 🙂

The Little Aussies

🌙Luna, 👻Casper , 🐷Milo (Porkchop), and 🌺Poppy

 

 

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