Jet lag is a drag! It can be anything from a mild nuisance to a fairly uncomfortable and painful experience that reduces the time you can enjoy yourself on your European vacation!
My wife’s father lives in Spain. She grew up in England. Needless to say, we fly to Europe a lot.
What I am about to share with you are all super helpful in avoiding a painful jet lag experience whether you are flying across multiple time zones to France or Spain or anywhere in Europe.
I can tell you from experience they work, and work well. They have been proven by the medical community and fellow travelers as well to help your body adjust as quickly as possible to your destination time zone. Use the ones that you think will work best for you. Make sure you read to the end. I have included tips all the way through.
But let’s jump right in and help you avoid jet lag when flying to Europe!
Be intentional before your trip to avoid or minimize jet lag and its effects
The best way to avoid jet lag is to make a plan ahead of time utilizing the tools below and make sure to implement that plan before your trip begins to help transition your body’s circadian rhythms as quickly as possible.
Most people will find selecting a few of the following tips to be much more than adequate in helping them reduce and minimize the effects or avoid jet lag altogether.
Before Your Flight
Carefully select your arrival time
Book your tickets so that you arrive at your destination in the evening.
Traveling can be very tiring, but if you force yourself to stay awake as much as possible, when you arrive in the evening you will be tired enough to go to sleep at your new local time.
I have found this extremely helpful when flying to Europe or anywhere for that matter. It will give you a good jumpstart to your new vacation schedule.
I have also not followed this advice and arrived during the day and then tried to stay awake until bedtime and I was exhausted and tired and miserable.
My wife actually got some fun shots of me on the tube in London asleep with my mouth open shoulder to shoulder with fellow riders.
I have much preferred the trips where I have flown into town in the evenings and then after a quick meal, I’ve been able to go to sleep.
Start shifting your schedule and internal clock before your go
Ideally, you will do this about a week before you leave, but at least do it for a couple of days before you go.
Adjust a couple of your clocks, phone, or watch to your destination’s local time. Then make sure that you look at it/them at least a couple of times a day, reminding yourself what time of day it will be in your new location at that time.
Additionally, adjust the time you retire to bed and the time you wake up by as much as you are comfortable with, in greater increments each day leading up to your trip.
Even if you are not ready to fall asleep, put on some calm soothing music take a long hot shower or bath and sit quietly in your bed without electronics and read a book, think, meditate or ponder on the vacation you have coming up o quiet your body and mind.
Even if your body isn’t tired enough to fall asleep early, if you start to get it into a new rhythm before your trip it will make it easier to adjust when you get there.
Also, waking earlier in the day (closer to your destination’s timezone) will help your body feel more tired in the evening as well. This will make it easier to start going to bed earlier.
If you start changing your clocks and your bed and waking times before your trip there will be less of a difference to adjust to at your vacation destinations.
Apps are another way to start adjusting your schedule.
There will be a range of mobile apps released today to aid travelers in reducing their jet lag.
Enter your airline details in either Timeshifter or Entrain ((links)) for a calendar of when to sleep and get up as well as other suggestions about when to avoid stimulants or when to get sunlight, morning light, an early night’s sleep or take sleeping aids. They’re pretty slick.
Shifting your schedule like this will help a lot more than you may imagine.
Other ways to assist in shifting your internal clock
Also as you get your body used to what will be your new schedule, you may want to look into specific things that will either help you sleep (when you are going to bed earlier) or help you wake up.
Melatonin or Sleep Aids
Melatonin is a naturally occurring chemical in your body that contributes to the maintenance of the nervous system as well as your body’s internal sleep rhythms. Melatonin has been shown to reduce jetlag in studies as well.
One distinct advantage melatonin has over sleeping pills is in addition to helping you sleep, it helps regulate your body’s natural circadian rhythm.
Other sleeping medications do help you get some sleep but they are harsher on your body. They may help you sleep but aren’t able to help change your body’s circadian rhythm or internal clock.
Take care. Using any sleep aid including sleeping pills can increase the risk of falling asleep or of injuries due to drowsiness.
It would be good to discuss the advantages and risks of your situation or your use of melatonin and other sleep medicines with your doctor prior to your trip.
I find it useful from time to time to use melatonin from time to time to nudge my body’s internal clock.
For melatonin, there is no recommended daily allowance. For sleep-related problems, some experts recommend taking melatonin supplements in dosages ranging from 0.5 to 5 milligrams. Drowsiness during the day may be experienced at higher doses.
There is research available that shows these nine foods have beneficial effects on either melatonin or your body’s ability to sleep:
Toast – one of my favorites
Cherries – actually have melatonin in them
A good whole grain oatmeal (not instant)
Additionally, you can use light stimulation or bright light exposure to assist your body and waking up early. This can be done either naturally with the morning or evening light (which is ideal) or in artificial ways.
As soon as the sun rises in the morning sit in a sunny window or go for a walk and get as much of your bare skin in the sun as possible as your body will react to it and wake up. It is especially helpful to reduce jet lag symptoms get your face in the sun.
If you are up before the sun or if it is a time of year that the sun rises later, artificial lights can assist. Try turning on all of the lights in your home in the room or two surrounding you so you can get as much bright light as possible. Or you can get light therapy glasses or a light that is typically used for seasonal affective disorder.
Another trick is to exercise right when you wake up to get the body going. As you get your respiratory circulatory and other systems in your body going it will wake up and assist in shifting your internal clock for the better.
Shift the baby’s schedule too
No, the kids don’t need to be doing exercise with you, but if you have little ones, help them start adjusting their wake and bedtimes. You can make a bit of a game of it, or go have a little adventure like going to McDonald’s drive-through for ice cream at 4 in the morning. You’ll create some fun memories doing it as well.
One note with children, don’t start them a week out. Just do this one or two days before your trip.
And if you have little babies make sure to adjust their nap times in advance as well.
What foods prevent jet lag?
There are a number of simple things you can adjust in your diet as well that will help you adjust your body clock to a new timezone quickly and easily whether it is before or during your trip.
Try to avoid fatty proteins since they will drain your energy and make you drowsy. Stick to leaner meats like fish or chicken. One of the most substantial things you can do to counter jet lag is hydrate yourself, so foods like cucumbers, celery, strawberries and watermelon are great for their water content.
Eat less salty or heavy foods, or foods you know weigh you down or make you feel rundown before traveling. Keep hydrated with more fresh fruits and vegetables. Eating light foods and not rich foods are the best to beat jet lag.
Eating smaller meals before you go and bringing snacks for the plane ride can help keep your stomach feeling good. Complex carbs and other low glycemic index foods are preferred.
Doses of caffeine can be helpful to stay awake and adjust to your new schedule but it also messes with your body’s internal rhythms. It also depletes your body’s hydration levels. Use it sparingly.
Drinking alcohol is used by some as a sleep aid because it makes you feel drowsy but this also negatively impacts your sleep quality. I would suggest you avoid alcohol as much as possible.
Jet lag is also complicated by side effects caused by alcohol, including fatigue, headaches, nausea, and other conditions.
Drink herbal tea
Herbal teas can be wonderful for you, however, instead of drinking other hot teas or coffee. You could drink a mint tea in the morning to wake up or a drinking chamomile tea in the evening to help relax and slow your body down as it gets closer to your bedtime.
Plan some extra days if possible
If you have the ability, to make up for the days that jet lag takes from you at the beginning and the end of your vacation, plan a couple of extra days into your itinerary so you don’t overbook yourself or get stressed and grumpy.
Confession – I find it hard not to be grumpy when I’m tired. Jet lag can be a real buzzkill around our home. Planning a rest day at the beginning of the vacation and an extra day to re-enter is really helpful for me and my family.
So, before you go
I think the best things to do before your flight are to
1 – change a few clocks in your daily routine so that you can start to get used to what time it will be when you land.
2 – start to adjust your sleep schedule and
3 – make sure your flights are booked so that you land towards the evening.
Everything else is supplementary to those three things.
During Your Flight
Use the flight to rest and reset.
When the pilot announces the European time, reset your mind along with your wristwatch.
As soon as you step on that plane start going by your new timezone’s time. you can go into your settings on your phone and manually change the time to your final destinations time. Don’t exacerbate jet lag by reminding yourself of what time it is back home. Be in Europe.
If you can, stay awake till you land. If it is just too long, allow yourself to close your eyes for a bit. You’ll be capable of functioning the day you land if you get a few hours of sleep during the transatlantic trip. But do try your best to stay awake as much as possible till you land.
This is so you will have the best chance of going to sleep in the evening when you arrive.
Keep using whatever tools you have decided to use to stay awake on the flight. Could be sheer willpower (that’s my tool of choice) or a light aid (they work wonders) or a stimulant of some kind (my least favorite)
Always consult your doctor before trying any remedies as some herbs may interact with prescription medication.
The name of the game is to stay awake as much as you can till you get there!
And stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. It helps lubricate dry eyes and many of the other internal systems of your body while it’s dealing with all the changes of altitude, pressure, time changes, lack of sleep and mild stress etc.
After Your Flight
You’ve landed, Now what?
If you do nothing else, not one of the other suggestions I have given to you, stay awake at least until the late afternoon or evening of your first day.
This is why I suggested you plan your tickets so your land at that time. It makes it much much easier to do this.
Get as much sunlight as possible when you land. The sun is your friend and will help keep you awake. Not only that but direct sunlight during the day reduces the production of melatonin in your body, helping you stay awake.
You should also be very attentive in keeping hydrated for several days. The best way to stay asleep is to rest up until the night.
You may feel tired, worn out, achy or have a bit of a sick stomach after being on the plane for so long, but if you’ll take the time to go for a walk, rent a bike and pedal around or do some other form of exercise your body will thank you. You will sleep better and recoup from the time change much faster as well.
Ok, so you’ve decided what time you wanna wake up on your vacation prior to leaving and now you just need to make yourself wake up at that time the very next day.
By doing this, in combination with some of the other things we’ve talked about here, you will feel much better by day three.
And you’ve made it! For the first couple of nights a couple of mornings, it will seem a little hard but if you stick to it you’ll barely even notice the jet lag after a couple days, and if you do, take confidence knowing it would have been much worse and lasted a lot longer if you hadn’t taken care to implement these tips as you have.
Why Does Jet Lag…?
If you haven’t ever felt jet lag before, the symptoms of jet lag include feeling tired, irritable, inability to sleep, trouble concentrating and sometimes an upset stomach. Some people experience headaches and nausea, too.
It’s a physiological condition that makes you feel tired and out of sync with the world around you.
Jet lag occurs when you travel across multiple time zones. This may happen on a long haul flight to a European country or anywhere really.
The farther you travel the worse you feel
The symptoms of jet lag can last from one day to several depending on how many timezones you cross. The bigger the time difference, the larger the impact on your body.
The farther you travel the more intense the feelings are. It depends also on how you prepare and how diligent you are in shifting to your daily schedule once you get to your destination.
If you consciously stay dedicated to waking and sleeping with your new timezone you will get over it faster. If you don’t and just sleep when you want and wake when you feel like it, it will be harder on your body and take you longer to adjust.
It might seem like a pain to prepare beforehand and really stick to your new schedule, but you will be grate full you did.
Can Jet Lag have long-term effects?
Worse yet, researchers have discovered that for some individuals, constant jet lag induces long-term brain modifications that result in memory and learning difficulties for at least up to a month after returning home.
Typically, jet lag is usually a short-term problem which disappears once the body’s natural clock and circadian rhythm have adjusted to the local time.
Dehydration can lead to symptoms that resemble jet lag. If passengers don’t drink enough water during a flight, they might get dizzy and parched. Even if you feel slightly dehydrated, make sure you get on it quickly and drink water.
In addition to following the suggestions here, if you feel that you have unique circumstances that warrant a trip to your doctor, please make an appointment with them and discuss your concerns.
How do you get rid of jet lag fast?
Adjust your schedule to the new time zone as soon as possible.
Stop comparing to your old time zone.
Sleep and wake at your new local time
Use natural light first and other lights as needed
Drink lots of water
Try melatonin and sleep aids as needed
Try caffeinated beverages as needed
What is the best time to fly to avoid jet lag?
The best time to fly to avoid jet lag is in the late afternoon or evening. It’s best to arrive and have enough time to get comfortable where you will be staying and then go to bed near 10 pm in your new local time zone.
Doing this and then making yourself wake up at a reasonable time on your first day will help you get over jet lag much more quickly!
Make sure your sleeping environment is as comfortable as possible. Have a look around and see whether anything may wake you up during your sleep and do your best to eliminate them.
How long does it take for jet lag to go away?
It takes different amounts of time for jet lag to go away. The biggest factor being how many time zones you have crossed and how quick you are to adapt to your new local one.
Many travelers to a new location experience an improvement in their symptoms within the first few days after arrival. For some individuals, it might take up to one week before they feel like themselves again, especially if they have a long flight.
The purpose of this article is to discuss getting a U.S. passport and respond to some of the questions you have asked about getting them and taking care of them.
If you’re traveling abroad in the next few months and need a passport quickly, then you may wish to consider some expedited methods of acquiring one.
When do I need a passport?
You must have a passport if you’re traveling to other countries. For the most part, it doesn’t matter what your nationality is-so long as you are going to another country. Don’t forget your passport!
And if you don’t think you will need it, bring it anyway as plans may change and if you don’t have it with you, you might regret your inability to go. That happened to me once.
And if you need to there are passport expediting options that can speed up the process of getting your passport too.
What are the different ways to get a U.S. passport?
There are many, but here’s some of the most popular:
• Apply From Home: This is probably one of the easiest ways to get your passport because you don’t have to leave home at all! However, it does take time for processing and you must schedule an appointment.
• Travel to An Application Center: This is another popular way to get your passport because it doesn’t take a lot of time or effort and you can do it at your convenience. In fact, more than 450 sites are located throughout the country where you can travel and apply for your passport, including local post offices, public libraries and other government centers.
• Mail Your Forms: If you’d rather not leave home or make a trip to an application center, then consider mailing in your forms-it doesn’t take too long to process. However, because it does take time to arrive, this isn’t the best option when traveling abroad is a must within the next few days.
• Visit a Post Office: Although it’s usually not recommended for those who need their passports quickly (unless things are dire), you can apply at your local post office or pick up a form there if you need one in a hurry. If you opt for this method, then you must be sure to bring the necessary documentation to complete the application process!
• Visit a Passport Agency: This is one of the more popular methods for obtaining a passport quickly as it can often produce results within days. In fact, some agencies are open seven days a week for this very reason. The downside is that you must appear in person and there’s usually an appointment-plenty of people are turning to these services when they can’t wait any longer!
Remember, don’t just go with the first passport expediting service you find because some may not be reputable or they may not provide the results promised.
Here are some application options for you: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/how-apply.html
Steps to getting a U.S. passport
Once you’ve obtained your forms, the next step is to fill them out: You must include accurate information because if anything isn’t correct, then your document will need to be returned and this can take quite some time!
The steps you will need to take depend on the way you are applying. I applied for mine at a local post office. It was easy and the staff were very helpful both times I did it. I did it once for myself and then my wife and I went and got our kids’ ones as well.
In addition, once you arrive at the application center, you may be required to provide even more information so the best place to start is by reading through the form carefully to understand what is expected of you.
Once you have all your information collected and filled out, it’s time to apply: You’ll need an appointment because many agencies are extremely busy but if there’s a little time between your trip and the application process, then it may not be necessary.
The next step is taking your documents to the passport agency for processing-and usually you’ll need to take two photos with you as well. Once everything has been submitted and processed, you can expect to receive a notice in the mail within approximately 1 week.
When you receive your passport, you’ll want to make sure it isn’t damaged or that none of the information has been altered in any way. If anything looks suspicious, then don’t use it it may be best to contact the issuing agency and have a new one issued without delay.
That isn’t likely to happen at all, but just so you know.
Now, when getting your passport expedited is an absolute necessity, it’s always recommended to trust the process to a professional!
Providers of passport expediting services have many benefits, including:
• Fast processing times-often taking less than 24 hours for your documents to be ready
• Convenient scheduling options because most appointments can be scheduled online or over the phone. In addition, if you need your document fast and there’s no time for an appointment, then you may be able to take advantage of same-day or even next-day services.
• Friendly staff members who are trained to help answer any questions that might arise during your application process.
So how can you get a passport quickly if you don’t have time for one of the expedited services?
If you’re in a rush and your time is limited, then consider:
• Contacting the agency directly: Each state has its own set of agencies that issue passports. These are usually located at a local post office or within federal government buildings. You can reach them through the telephone or by visiting their website for more information regarding how to get a passport fast!
• Visiting an agency in person: Although this isn’t the most convenient option, it can work if you need to get your document one day prior to departure. Of course, not everyone has time to spend making an appointment and waiting for hours so if that’s the case, then you can try using one of the other methods.
• Calling the National Passport Information Center: Although this isn’t a service that provides passport expediting, they can provide you with information regarding all agencies in your state so it may be worth a shot. In fact, many people use this service to locate an agency near them and then go from there.
Applicants must decide for themselves which method of passport expediting they’ll use-and although making an appointment can delay the process, it may be worth it especially if you can’t take time off from work. Contacting the agency directly may not be as convenient but is often faster and always free so keep this option in mind when you’re in a rush!
Do passports expire?
Then when is the last day you can use your passport?
Passports have a specific expiration date-and unlike many forms of identification, the U.S. government does require renewal every 10 years (if you are/were at least 16 years old when you got it) although there are some exceptions.
Passports generally must be renewed every 10 years for people 16 and older. For children under the age of 16, passports will expire after 5 years or when the child reaches 18-whichever comes first.
This means that you can use your passport as long as it’s valid. In terms of when you should renew, it’s best to do so 3 – 6 months before it expires.
This will give you time for your new one to come so you aren’t stressed or panicked about having a valid one for your next trip.
TIP: Review the expiration date of your passport and the travel requirements of the country or countries you will be traveling to because certain countries have different entry requirements. Some require that your passport not expire up to 6 months after your entry to their country.
What will happen if your passport has expired and you’re not aware of it?
Traveling outside the U.S. with an expired passport is a serious offense and could result in you being detained for questioning by border patrol agents as well as facing fines or even jail time so if it’s been more than five years since your last renewal, then consider renewing immediately!
If you’re planning on traveling within the next few months, then you’ll want to make sure that your passport is valid. If not, consider taking care of it as soon as possible.
Where can a person with a US passport travel?
Almost anywhere! With a US passport, you can travel to most places around the world. There are a few exceptions to this, and you should consult your embassy before departure if you have any concerns.
Maybe. There are a few reasons why you might need a passport:
• If you’re a dual citizen and traveling to another country that requires proof of citizenship, then it’s best to carry one with you.
• In order to apply for entrance into some countries or visit US embassies and consulates, a valid passport is required.
• If you’re a citizen of the U.S., then you need to carry one while traveling outside of the territory.
Do all US citizens need a passport?
No. Not everyone is required to carry a passport while traveling outside the country, especially if they’re not visiting any countries that require proof of citizenship or have any business inside a U.S. embassy or consulate.
If you don’t fall under these categories, then it’s best to consider carrying one with you to avoid being detained at the border.
What can you do to make your passport last?
As long as it’s kept safe in a clean environment, then you shouldn’t have any problems with your passport lasting for up to 10 years after it is issued. In order to extend the life of your document, consider:
• Not getting water or other liquids on the pages.
• Keeping it in a dry, cool place so that the ink doesn’t fade or smear.
• Keeping important documents and other valuables out of sight to avoid damage or tampering (if you don’t have a locking passport pouch).
• Staying organized-always keep your passport with you even when traveling domestically or when you’re not going to be traveling abroad.
Should you renew or replace a passport that has been damaged?
If your passport has been damaged, then it’s best to replace it. Some people are under the common misconception that if they apply for a new passport, then the one issued prior will still have value. This is not the case and you’re better off renewing it if there’s any trouble with your old one or doubt in your mind.
As long as you’ve kept a copy of everything that was in your previous document (or have a digital image of everything) then you should be able to apply pretty quickly and easily.
How much does it cost to renew a US passport?
There are a couple of different fees associated with “getting your passport”. The price for each document has changed a little over time as the government works on updating them or changing the way they are issued. Currently, depending on what you need, the pricing is as follows:
Passport Book – $110
Passport Card – $30
Passport Book & Card – $140
What is a Passport Book?
A US passport is a travel document issued by the United States government, mostly for use by its citizens. This is typically what you think of when you hear the word “passport”. It’s a small booklet that contains your identification photo(s), personal information and more. Your unique identification number is printed inside as well as on the outside of the front cover.
What is a Passport Card?
A passport card may be used in lieu of a passport book if traveling between mainland United States and Canada or Mexico. The “card” refers to its size which measures 2 3/4 inches wide by 4 3/4 inches long. This is smaller than a traditional passport book because of the limitations of space on the cards.
You can apply for the card even if you already have or have had a passport book. This is because they are considered separate documents. You can also apply for either at the same time as your passport, so long as it’s in conjunction with your renewal.
A combination of your wanting both a passport book and a passport card. You might want this in case you’re going to a country that accepts both documents and will let you in with either of them (Canada, for example). Or perhaps you just want to have the added protection of having your information in two different formats.
What is a passport?
A passport is a document that certifies your identity, issued by the government of your country. It usually contains information such as your name and date of birth, but it may also include other personal data as well.
There you have it. Your most frequently asked questions about passports answered. At least those are the ones I get the most here.
Now it’s up to you to go get yours and make some travel plans! There are so many wonderful places to get out and see!
Get your passport, ask your boss for some time off of work and get out there!
Check the regulations below to make sure the airline you would like to fly on will allow your pet to come with you, and how they will or won’t let you. Two quick questions and then dig in!
The importance of making a reservation to bring your dog, cat or other pet on any airline:
It is important to make a reservation for your pet as soon as you know the dates you want to travel. There are a number of reasons for this.
1- Each flight has a limited number of pets they will be allowed to carry. You don’t want the plane to have already filled their pet slots and not allow your dog to fly with you.
2- Also, it can be cheaper to reserve a pet online than it is at the ticket counter.
3- You want to make sure your pet falls within the airline’s regulations of pet that they will allow you to fly with.
How do I make a reservation to fly with my pet?
Making reservations with the airline for your pet to fly with you is easy. All you have to do is find your airline below and go to their website and double-check their policies and then call them and make your reservation.
Make sure to review how much it will cost, when exactly you can fly, what regulations are currently in effect for carriers and other miscellaneous items.
Some of the most popular airlines in the US and North America
Small pets are welcome to travel with Southwest Airlines. Pets are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until their capacity is reached. There are a maximum of six pet carriers allowed on any given flight, so make your reservations as soon as you know when and where you are traveling.
If you want to reserve a spot for your dog, you can contact their customer service at 1-800-435-9792.
Unaccompanied minors may not travel alone with a pet(s).
Dogs or other pets can be taken as cabin pets on American Airlines or shipped in their cargo area. American Airlines allows 7 kennels on flights.
If you plan on traveling with your pet, you should contact the Customer Service Team at 800-433-7300 as soon as you confirm your travel plans to guarantee your pup a spot. American Airlines can restrict pets flying if the weather conditions are above 85 degrees Fahrenheit and below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
One of the largest American airlines is United Airlines. Guests are welcome to bring their pets on board as well as check them in as luggage. The United Airlines Customer Service Team advises you to contact them as soon as you confirm your travel plans since they only accept two dogs in the cabin on some flights.
For travelers with pets or pets traveling alone, they accept reservations between 30 days and 5 days before your flight. Additional acceptance conditions must be met before a reservation is confirmed. Ask them about those and make reservations over the phone at 1-800-864-8331.
Based in St. George, Utah, SkyWest Airlines is a North American airline. Depending on the requirements of their partner airlines, you can carry pets in the cabin or as checked luggage. SkyWest also asks that you follow certain requirements in addition to those set forth by the SkyWest airline partner you are flying with.
During the entire boarding process and the duration of your flight, your pet must remain in its carrier underneath the seat in front of you. Seats may not be purchased for your pet.
JetBlue is one of the cheaper airlines in the United States. There are some flights on which small pets are welcomed in the cabin. Booking your pet’s ticket as early as possible is imperative because JetBlue only allows four pets per flight. If you desire to travel with your pet, you can call 1-800-JETBLUE and find out how to make a reservation.
You can book your ticket over the phone after confirming that pet transportation is available on the flights you are considering. Customers are only allowed to bring one pet, with exceptions being made on a case-by-case basis.
The largest airline in Canada is Air Canada. Most of their flights allow pet travel in the cabin and cargo area. The Customer Service Team at 888-247-2262 advises customers to book their pet’s reservation as soon as possible after confirming their travel plans. They allow up to four companion animals in the cabin.
You should tell them how big and how heavy your pet carrier is, as well as the breed and weight of your pet. Additionally, they advise you to check in to your flight 30 minutes earlier than you normally would to make sure you have ample time to get your pet all squared away in time for your flight.
Seattle is the home base of Alaska Airlines, an American airline. There are a number of flights that welcome pets in their cabins and in the cargo hold. For First Class cabins and main cabins on any given flight, Alaska Air can accommodate 1 pet each, and 5 each in the main cabin, so please contact them to make arrangements as soon as you know your flight plans.
The Customer Service Team’s number is 800-252-7522. Reservation agents need to be told if you intend to fly with a pet, so they can confirm they have availability and make sure you don’t have any surprises when you get there the day of your flight.
There is no other airline in Hawaii bigger than Hawaiian Airlines. Many of their flights allow pets to travel in the cabin and cargo hold. They may restrict the transportation of your pet in cargo during extreme temperatures.
Animals are limited to a few per flight on Hawaiian Airlines. As soon as possible after confirming your travel plans, you should reserve a ticket for yourself and your pet. To book a flight with your pet, you should call 1-800-367-5320 and inform the agent. The airline inspects and approves every animal kennel on each flight.
The Florida-based airline Spirit Airlines offers low-cost flights. Most of their flights allow small pets to travel in the cabin with you.
The cabin capacity for pets on Spirit Airlines’ domestic flights is limited to four, including routes to St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, and San Juan. Therefore, book your pet carrier as soon as your plans are confirmed.
It is the passenger’s responsibility to ensure proper documentation is available throughout the trip, regardless of whether Spirit Airlines requires a health certificate for carry-on pets. If you would like to reserve a spot on board, you can contact Spirit Airlines Customer Service at 801-401-2222.
Denver-based Frontier Airlines operates low-cost flights across the U.S. Pet owners are welcome to bring their small pets on board. You can ensure your animal’s reservation by calling Frontier Airlines once your plans are confirmed. (801) 401-9000 will get you in touch with their Customer Service Team.
Please note that flight operators like Great Lakes Aviation may not accept pets on certain flights operated by Frontier and its partners.
The airline’s headquarters are in Nevada. Some of their routes allow small pets to travel inside their carriers in the cabin. In order to ensure pets and carriers comply with airport regulations, all pet carriers are inspected before being accepted on board.
If you buy your own seats online you can buy your puppy’s spot at the same time. It’s pretty handy. You can get a hold of them at the following number and speak with them about any restrictions or questions you may have. (702) 505-8888
The airline is owned by Qatar Airways, which is Qatar’s national carrier. In the economy section of one of their aircraft, there is room for up to six falcons, with a limit of one per passenger. Qatar Airways flights do not have a limit on how many animals can be transported in the cargo hold, but the restrictions vary from aircraft to aircraft.
They recommend contacting Qatar Airways as soon as you finalize your travel plans to guarantee your dog a spot on board. You can contact Qatar Airways at 877-777-2827 to inform the agent know that you are traveling with a pet.
Japanese airline ANA Wings flies regionally. Select flights allow pets to be checked in as baggage. There are only three spots available on each flight, so be sure to book your furry friend’s spot as soon as you’re able to. Call 813-6741-6683 for assistance from ANA Customer Service.
Changi Airport is home to Singapore Airlines, the nation’s flag carrier airline. On a number of different flights, pets are allowed as checked baggage or cargo.
Make sure your pet has a spot at least two weeks before your departure by getting in touch with your local Singapore Airlines office.
More information is available by calling (800) 742-3333. Customer Service Agents will require you to provide the type, breed, species, gender, name, age, color, weight, and dimensions of the animal when you contact them.
Dubai-based Emirates Airline is the largest airline in the Middle East. Falcons are accepted on flights between Dubai and some Pakistani destinations, and additional animals are accepted in the cargo hold, as checked luggage, or for flights to some countries via their base in Dubai, UAE.
Other pets are allowed as well.
There are no restrictions on the number of pets that can be placed in the cargo hold of Emirates flights, but some countries have restrictions on the number of pets that can be carried in and out.
Make sure Emirates knows you are traveling with animals before you book your tickets by calling (800)-777-3999. You should also check the pet policies of other airlines if your flight itinerary includes them.
The flag carrier of Hong Kong is Cathay Pacific. The airline offers pets the opportunity to travel as checked baggage on several of their flights. During the reservation process, please make sure you have the weight and dimension of your pet and pet carrier as well as the material and brand.
The country to which you are flying will also require you to provide a valid health and vaccination certificate, entry permits, and any other documentation required. Reservations can be made by calling (800) 233-2742 or if you have any questions you can contact them at that number.
The Eva Air airline is based near the Taiwanese capital Taipei. On several of their flights, pets are allowed as checked baggage. Before animals can fly with Eva Air, the airline requires you to fill out and submit a few specific forms that can be found on their website.
It is recommended that you call (800) 695-1188 as soon as possible after you have confirmed your travel plans since there are only a limited number of animal seats available.
Known for its large fleet, international flights, and thousands of destinations worldwide, Qantas Airways is the flag carrier for Australia. All pets traveling with Qantas are now handled through Qantas Freight.
There are a limited number of pet cargo seats available on Qantas flights, so the airline recommends that you reserve yourself a pet seat as soon as you get your travel arrangements in place.
China’s Hainan Airlines operates as an airline from its home base there. There are a number of flights that let pets travel as checked baggage. Check their pet policies page on their website for more information.
To do so, you can contact them at (800) 227-4500. I recommend contacting the Cargo Department in Australia at (+61) 13-12-13 if you need further information regarding more than 1 animal crate.
The flag carrier airline of the Netherlands is KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. On most of their flights, pets are allowed in the cabin and the cargo hold. Bookings for pets must be made by phone.
They recommend making the reservation at least 48 hours before departure, as there can only be a limited number of pet spots on most flights. You can however call them as early as 24 hours after you book your flight. I certainly recommend doing that to make sure there is room for your dog on your flight.
When you are ready to make your travel arrangements, call the KLM Customer Service Team at 866-434-0320. The charge for pet care during a transfer from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Airport is 150 EUR if your pet is checked in as baggage and the transfer lasts over two hours.
The flag-carrying airline of France is Air France. Many of their flights allow pets to travel in the cabin and hold. Make sure that Air France knows you will be traveling with your pet when you book your ticket. Animals may travel in varying numbers depending on the aircraft.
Any further questions or concerns can be directed to their Telephone Sales Team at 800-237-2747.
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Whether you are driving or flying, I have found some super helpful things to do either before or while traveling that have helped me out over the years… I just wanted to get them all in one place so I can reference them in the future.
I thought they might be helpful for you too! Read on!
Before you get on a long-haul flight
– If flying makes you uncomfortable, practice deep breathing exercises before boarding so that during take-off and landing, you will be able to control your breathing.
– Do a dozen or two squats every day for the week or two leading up to your trip. This will help you when you are hauling around that luggage. This will help prepare the body for all those hours of sitting in a cramped space. It will also help you enjoy your trip more while you are there.
– Bring food that is not messy but definitely bring some food with you! A protein-rich snack or meal will help sustain blood sugar levels on a flight, while carbohydrate-rich foods such as pasta can keep hunger at bay for up to three hours.
– Take your shoes off and get up at least once an hour – whether it’s to use the restroom, go for a walk, stretch your legs or just wander the plane looking for a place to nibble. This will alleviate the swelling in your feet and legs which often occurs during long flights.
– Pack some pain relief medication as well as an antihistamine to counteract nasal congestion in case of air travel allergies. Medications should be used before take-off, to reduce any drowsiness on landing. Bring a neck pillow, small blanket and eyeshades/earplugs if you need them.
– Preparation is key so print out travel documents such as hotel confirmation email or your electronic ticket receipt on the flight, with your name clearly displayed on it in case of lost luggage. Carry your passport at all times, because it will be checked at the airport before you can board, and again at check-in as well as immigration upon your arrival.
– Get a window seat if possible so you can stick your head out and enjoy the view. If you’re seated next to an open window, make sure that there are no loose objects around – especially in turbulence – to avoid any accidents when climbing over people in awkward seats!
– Wear layers of clothing for long flights so you will have options depending on how warm or cold you feel while airborne. Ticket pockets that allow carry-on baggage onboard are useful, but remember to keep your passport handy too! Carry just basic toiletries rather than large bottles of liquid. Powders are lighter and can be mixed later in the bathroom.
– Bring your own water bottle on board, as not all airlines provide them for free. You might even consider buying a canned drink to accompany you during take-off so that once airborne, you have something to sip on throughout the flight instead of paying exorbitant prices for tiny portions of water.
– For airplane ear pain, a cotton swab dabbed with rubbing alcohol will help relieve pressure on the eardrum. Also, try chewing gum if this helps adjust the pressure in your ears – pop one in at take-off time. Earplugs may also be useful for sleeping or if sitting next to someone who talks loudly or is snoring.
– Although aircrews shut the windows during take-off to reduce a cabin’s pressure, in some cases, passengers may still experience ears popping – it is not unusual for the first few minutes of flight. If pain persists or if you feel any dizziness while flying, immediately alert a flight attendant who will be able to provide you with an anti-nausea medication (available onboard) as well as oxygen if necessary.
– For nausea, suck on ginger candy or use special motion sickness bands. Also, ask your doctor for advice because he or she can give you a motion sickness prescription that works in advance instead of having to wait until feeling sick. A saline eyedropper is also useful if headaches result from being sick.
– If you plan to sleep, bring any medication that might aid in sleeping (such as Benadryl or melatonin) – although alcohol is prohibited on the flight, it may help you fall asleep faster than caffeine and other stimulants after a long day of traveling. Also, bring your own eye shades/earplugs if noise and lights bother you while trying to rest/sleep.
– To avoid jet-lag, try drinking water ahead of time even if not thirsty because dehydration can cause sleeplessness at odd hours. If symptoms persist, consult a doctor before leaving for your destination who will advise further treatment such as antihistamines or prescribed medications prior to departure. Eat small meals often during long flights and choose foods that are easily digestible.
– Use body lotion or moisturizer on your hands and feet if you will be doing a lot of walking while at the airport, which can dry out your skin. Consider packing hand sanitizer as well – especially for those who might not wash their hands regularly during an extended trip abroad.
– Bringing gifts, snacks, magazines or books for children onboard is a nice gesture so they’re occupied and quiet (especially if you’re seated close to them) throughout the flight instead of running up and down the cabin disturbing other passengers!
– Keep IDs handy in case of lost luggage because it will speed up your claim at the airport once you arrive. Also, keep medications organized in your bag so that you easily access them while onboard the aircraft.
– It is advisable to hire a good travel insurance policy, especially with pre-existing medical conditions, for personal liability coverage in case of theft or damage to baggage/personal items while traveling. If you’re planning to stay overseas for an extended period – ask about extending your travel insurance policy and consider taking out additional coverage depending on the length of stay (a few months may prove useful if plans change). Learn more about insurance cover here.
– To save luggage space, avoid packing unnecessarily heavy clothing/shoes although this will depend on how long you will be staying at your destination. For any valuables like jewelry, do not keep them in your checked baggage, instead pack them into your carry-on luggage.
– If you’re taking a long flight overseas, get a good night’s sleep the night before so that you arrive fresh and energized (or better yet – take an afternoon nap). Traveling on empty can make you tired and cranky especially if there are delays or issues at check-in or immigration. Also avoid eating heavy meals within 4 hours of travel time as this can lead to indigestion, heartburn and uncomfortable cramps during the flight.
– If possible, try to book seats near emergency exits (rows 1-4) because these are usually located right next to toilets thus having easy access when needed.
– If you’re worried about seat selection, consider booking online because this gives you a better idea of where to sit before your departure so that you can avoid being stuck between an aisle and window or near the bathroom.
– When flying during peak seasons (especially December to March) or long distance flights – book early! Traveling standby may be more convenient but it won’t save you any money and as seats become limited, fares become higher. Booking online is recommended because airlines usually provide discounted fares on their websites which means that travel agents will charge extra fees for brokering such deals. There are also promo codes available on social media if you regularly follow airline/travel pages on Facebook.
– If you’re just flying within Asia, consider using this site to search through the many airlines that fly and undercut each other on prices.
– Get a good sleep before your flight (aim for 7-9 hours) by staying away from bright lights (e.g. TV or phones) one hour before bedtime so that your body’s internal clock can adjust naturally.
– Consider packing tissues for use in the restrooms especially when you travel during flu season.
– If you’re flying a long distance and are prone to motion sickness, consider buying some over-the-counter medications like Imodium or anti-nausea patches (available at pharmacies) to help with the situation early on.
– Consider bringing your own meals and snacks for travel especially if you have dietary restrictions. Airline food can get boring and unhealthy when eaten over a span of several hours!
– Bring extra socks/slippers on board because they tend to be small in size as compared to other flight amenities so that you’ll always be comfortable during your journey home.
– Pack toiletries separately, making sure that items don’t leak inside your luggage
– Store liquid items in plastic bottles or vacuum sealed bags and pack these in your hand luggage to avoid unnecessary liquids delays. If you’re worried about bulky toiletries, consider buying travel-sized options so that you save space within your suitcase.
Packing luggage tips
– Roll all the clothing into small tight bundles – this will save space inside your bag as well as reduce wrinkling during transit (wider/looser rolls cause more creases). Make sure that nothing is sticking out of the top of the roll because this can get caught on other items or surfaces.
– To protect delicate clothes, place them strategically at the bottom layer of the suitcase (clothes packed on top tend to rub against anything underneath it). Be sure that wider straps are facing downwards (to prevent them from accidentally scratching your clothes) and don’t over-stuff bags with heavy items as this can cause damage to other fabrics. For delicate shoes, place a plastic bag or newspaper at the bottom of the suitcase so that they don’t get crushed under heavier clothing.
– If you’re going on a short trip (1 week), pack only 1 carry-on, 2 check-in luggage in case one is lost/damaged during transit, and make use of a separate ladies handbag for any essentials such as cards/passport/cash. This will also help you keep track of what’s inside your luggage. Keep valuables inside your jacket or pant pockets when you’re in transit.
– Label all important documents and luggage pieces with permanent markers. This includes your ticket, passport, credit cards, etc so that if they are lost during transit, authorities will be able to return them to you quickly.
– Never pack valuable items in checked-in luggage because the ground staff not only have access to baggage but can also sometimes open the cases and rummage through contents without permission (particularly on smaller airlines). Exchange currency before leaving for the airport so that this doesn’t get confiscated by immigration if found inadvertently within your bags. If you do bring valuables with you, ensure that these are placed within your handbag/briefcase inside a zip-locked plastic bag/secure travel pouch to avoid theft.
– If you’re worried about carrying too much luggage, consider getting a travel companion or cab driver at your destination point to pick up the rest of your items from airport storage. Local hotels (notably in Europe) have safe deposit facilities within their reception areas where they can store your cases for several days/weeks upon request. This is obviously a better alternative than lugging around extra bags with you during sightseeing activities!
– Never carry your passport in hand luggage or pockets because this is a potential risk if you’re also bringing cash and/or credit cards. You should also opt to leave important documents such as tickets, passports, etc at home when you’re on an extended vacation so that they are not lost (especially during transit). Prepare yourself with copies of these instead.
– While travel insurance may not be something that interests everyone, it’s highly recommended for long trips especially if you’re traveling on a budget. Countries can get pretty expensive once airfare, hotel rentals and transportation costs have been factored into the equation! Also, consider getting additional coverage options if you plan to do some extreme activities such as bungee jumping or skydiving while abroad.
– When packing small toiletries like suntan lotion, oil, etc, use mini bottles that can fit into drawers and smaller travel packs so that they don’t take up too much space within your luggage. Also remember to keep duplicates of all important documents such as passports etc in separate places so that if one is lost/damaged during transit, you still have others to fall back upon.
– For long-haul trips (especially when flying), consider investing in a portable travel pillow as this will help prevent neck pain and allow your head to properly rest against the plane’s seat headrests. Pack light clothing that won’t weigh you down or restrict your movements too much; bring clothes that can be dried easily if accidentally washed/damaged after use.
– If you’re traveling on business, don’t forget to carry a suit jacket, formal shoes and trousers for important work meetings. Bring only mini size toiletries (unless you plan to buy them once abroad) so that excess bottles don’t take up too much space within your luggage.
– Always pack a bar of hand soap or liquid body wash so that you can easily wash your hands when there are no accessible bathrooms around. Pack at least 1 pair of dark sunglasses and one pair of prescription/contact lens if you need them.
– Always opt for business class on long flights when you can because these seats offer greater legroom, larger entertainment screens, pillows, blankets, etc. Book seats with the most direct aisle access as these provide easier movement within and outside of your airline.
– When traveling to developing countries, make sure that you bring a first-aid kit (especially if you’re planning activities like cycling) so that you can treat minor cuts/wounds or insect bites, etc. Bring extra painkillers for treating sore muscles/migraine headaches too.
– If you’re bringing electronic gadgets such as laptops, cameras, watches, etc with you on trips abroad, make sure that these are packed into hardshell cases to protect against bumps/scratches during transit. Also, think about buying quality travel adapters that allow compatible electrical appliances to function when plugged into native sockets overseas.
– When traveling abroad on work, spend some time preparing your presentations beforehand so that you don’t have to waste valuable time in airplanes/rooms. Install mobile apps such as maps.me before leaving for a trip so that you can use offline navigation controls if there is no data connection available!
– If you’re traveling during the holidays (or anytime really), try to book hotels with access to amenities like gyms and pools. This will allow you the freedom to exercise during down-times without having to worry about finding public gyms or budgeting for membership fees. It’s also a good idea to pack multiple pairs of holiday clothes because this allows you greater flexibility when it comes to changing outfits every day.
– When going abroad, download the Google Translate app to your smartphone so that you can instantly translate new languages during interactions/transit. Bring a hardcover book/journal with you if you’re needing some downtime and want to reduce the amount of electronics on your person when traveling!
– If you plan to visit cities famous for their nightlife, try to pay for a hotel room in advance (either individually or as part of an event package) so that there aren’t any last-minute surprises about accommodation availability. Also make sure that you have the right type of travel insurance before leaving on a trip because this will help provide financial assistance in case anything happens during transit (e.g credit card theft, accidental injuries etc).
– When going abroad, bring a phone charger with multiple socket types (eg US/EU) so that you can plug in your devices without having to buy new chargers or carry multiple travel adapters! Pack at least one pair of headphones/earphones too because they’re useful if you need silence for sleeping or need private listening during flights/bus journeys.
– If you’re planning a road trip overseas, try to avoid driving at night as roads are less well-lit and safety precautions like seatbelts aren’t always followed by local drivers! Bring moisturizer or lip balm with SPF to protect skin from UV rays when traveling to sunny destinations.
– When preparing to travel on a long flight, buy inflatable pillows and blankets from Amazon because these are more compact than ones that come with plastic packaging. Before leaving for a trip abroad, take pictures of all your passport/IDs/credit cards, etc and store them digitally so that you have backups in case something happens!
– If you’re visiting a developing country where there is little to no available internet connection, try using the XE Currency app (available on both iOS and Android platforms) to check currency conversion rates. It’s also worth learning some basic phrases in local languages such as “please” and “thank you” before traveling overseas!
– When going abroad on work, it’s a good idea to bring along presentation notes or even business cards in other languages for interactions with foreign partners. Before leaving on a trip, take the time to go over the itinerary and ensure that there are no typos!
– If you’re traveling during peak holiday periods (e.g Christmas), try to plan your events/reservations as early as possible so that everything can be confirmed beforehand. Pack some snacks too if you’re traveling because this allows you to keep costs down when walking around unfamiliar cities.
– If you’re visiting a foreign country, bring pictures of the local language on your smartphone so that you can point at these during interactions with natives/public transport drivers.
– When going abroad, try to make use of public transit as much as possible because this is more environmentally friendly than renting/driving personal vehicles (plus car rental services are less affordable during peak travel periods). Pack medicines such as cold medicine or painkillers too because they might come in handy when traveling!
– When traveling overseas, it’s a good idea to have immediate funds available in case there are any unexpected expenses. This will allow you to pay for things like taxis without having to worry about accessing credit or debit cards. Before leaving on a trip, try to remember the last time you charged all your devices so that they are fully functional upon arrival!
– When going abroad, make use of travel forums such as TripAdvisor.com because this allows you to learn whether there are any safety issues with certain areas/districts in foreign countries (plus it’s useful for learning about hidden gems while also avoiding tourist traps). Pack some wet wipes too if you’re visiting humid destinations because these can be used to clean hands/tables etc without having to worry about access to soap and water.
– If you’re traveling overseas during peak travel periods, make sure that electronic devices have enough battery life so that you don’t have to worry about charging them during your trip.
– When going abroad, bring along some multi-vitamins because they can be used to supplement local diet especially in developing countries where people suffer from malnutrition. Pack reading material too if you’re traveling overseas (e.g magazines or books) because this will allow for maximum personal productivity on the plane!
– If you’re visiting a foreign country, try to learn some basic phrases in their native language beforehand so that you can properly communicate with locals/public transport drivers while traveling. Also, try not to compare your destination’s characteristics/infrastructure with your home country because this might end up ruining the experience!
– When traveling overseas, try to pack extra snacks for long trips because having a full stomach can help you sleep better while also relieving stress. It’s also worth remembering that people in other countries might not be used to seeing visitors from your country so always dress appropriately when visiting foreign nations!
– If you’re traveling abroad and need vaccinations for the local environment (e.g yellow fever), make sure that these are taken several months before departure so that reactions/side effects don’t interfere with personal plans. Pack a power bank too because this will allow for maximum smartphone battery life while traveling.
– When going abroad, it’s a good idea to bring along some water purification tablets because this will allow you to avoid contracting diarrhea/stomach issues. Similarly, be sure to pack a passport/identity cardholder so that personal belongings are kept safe while traveling!
– When visiting foreign lands, it’s a good idea to bring along some tissue paper too because this can be used for cleaning hands/toilet seats etc without having to worry about access to water or soap. Wherever possible, try not to schedule important meetings during peak travel periods because travel can ruin productivity levels!
– When going abroad, remember that public transport systems often get sold out during peak travel periods so buy tickets in advance if possible. Also, remember that people from different cultures might have different definitions of ‘personal space’ so be careful about personal boundaries if you’re traveling overseas!
– When going abroad, remember to bring along some earplugs because this can help you sleep better while also allowing for peaceful relaxation. In addition, make sure that your luggage is solid enough to deter theft especially when visiting foreign lands.
– When traveling overseas, always check the baggage allowance beforehand and don’t overpack – remember that overweight charges are almost certain during peak travel periods! Before visiting a foreign country/city, try to find out its local emergency number so that safety measures are put into place in case of emergencies (e.g getting lost or suffering from an allergic reaction).
– When visiting foreign lands, make sure that you take along an extra set of clothes because this will allow you to pack less while also giving yourself peace of mind. Also, remember that it’s a good idea to pack some insect repellent so that you don’t have to worry about mosquito bites etc when traveling overseas!
– When visiting foreign countries, be sure to check the local customs and culture beforehand so that behavior doesn’t ruin plans/experiences – being polite always goes a long way! Remember that common sense is key if traveling overseas (e.g checking weather forecasts before departure) because bad weather can delay/ruin travel plans!
– When traveling abroad, bring along a portable charger so that your smartphone/camera battery doesn’t run out while also giving you peace of mind. It’s also worth remembering to bring along a universal power adapter because these are more versatile than traditional ones!
– When visiting foreign lands, try to pack an umbrella so that rain doesn’t ruin plans – remember how awful it feels when returning home as a result of inclement weather conditions. When planning trips abroad, always check whether it will be sunny or rainy beforehand and try not to forget important prescription medicines too!
– When traveling abroad, make sure that there is cash in the emergency stash in case of emergencies (e.g paying for transport services, etc) – using credit cards overseas is often riskier during peak travel periods! Also, remember to bring along a drinking water bottle because having access to potable water is often not available when traveling overseas. Similarly, consider bringing along some old clothes/towels too so that you can use these strictly for dirty purposes while traveling – this is usually cheaper than buying such items overseas.
– When visiting foreign countries, be sure to check whether certain services are covered by insurance beforehand – otherwise, it might be better to avoid them. Always take precautions against crime (e.g checking into hotels during off-peak travel periods) and make sure that the luggage being carried is always properly locked (preferably with two locks) in case of theft!
– When planning trips abroad, check whether there are any country-specific restrictions before getting vaccinated – this will help prevent unnecessary complications. Before visiting foreign lands, remember to take along at least two credit cards with different numbers on them just in case one gets stolen or lost – sometimes having cash is better than relying solely on plastic for various reasons (e.g not being able to use the card when away from home).
– When visiting foreign cities, always check whether there are any currency exchange restrictions – this will help prevent complications. Keep in mind that carrying a notebook and pen can be useful when traveling overseas because it helps take notes of instructions/directions etc and makes travel much easier!
– When traveling abroad, keep important things like passport/visa/credit cards, etc on hand so that inclement weather doesn’t ruin plans – during times such as these, having extra cash is often necessary. It’s also worth remembering to bring along an assistive device with you (e.g mobile phone) for use in case of emergencies (e.g getting lost or suffering from an allergic reaction). Before visiting foreign countries, do try to find out about the local cuisine beforehand so that you have a rough idea of what to expect – that way, things like excess salt/spiciness will not be overpowering.
– When visiting foreign lands, make sure that any credit cards are kept within view at all times in case of loss or theft and it’s also worth remembering to always take along important things like wallet, passport/visa, etc when traveling abroad! It’s also worth noting that currency exchange rates can change rapidly (e.g due to inflation) and it might be better to buy bought items overseas with cash instead because some credit card companies charge more for foreign transactions. Remember to keep an eye on where luggage is being carried in public places (e.g bus/airport) and try to avoid getting lost while traveling!
– When visiting foreign countries, remember to keep the map on hand because it helps one get around much easier. Also, when traveling abroad, it’s always better if there is someone who can help out in case of emergency (e.g being able to communicate with locals) – this way, complications are reduced and things become much easier.
– It’s important that travelers check their travel insurance coverage before leaving for a holiday because some companies might exclude certain services from reimbursement like overseas medical claims etc. Similarly, when planning trips abroad, do try to find out what effects these vacations will have on things at home (e.g school work, pets, etc) and make sure that everything is taken care of before leaving.
– When planning trips abroad, remember to check visa requirements for the destination – this will help prevent complications. It’s also important that travelers check how much luggage they can carry in public places (e.g bus/airport) so that things do not get ruined or lost during travel. While visiting foreign countries, it’s best to put a sticker on passports with contact information in case one gets misplaced or stolen – this way, problems can be solved more easily if such an incident occurs!
– It’s important that travelers check in advance about any currency exchange restrictions because these might cause complications. Also, when traveling abroad, it’s usually a good idea to learn certain basics of the local language (e.g greetings) – this will help make travel much easier!
– It’s important that travelers take along at least two credit cards with different numbers on them whenever traveling overseas – this way, problems related to lost/stolen cards can be solved more easily and hassle free.
Road trip travel tips
– While planning road trips, it’s best to take along certain essentials (e.g maps/camera, etc) because they help make travel a whole lot easier. It’s also worth remembering to check road conditions and traffic rules for the destination before going on a road trip – this will ensure that things do not get complicated!
– When planning road trip vacations, remember to check gas availability at different places beforehand so that there are no surprises later on. Similarly, when traveling by car abroad, make sure that all documents needed by authorities (e.g registration card, etc) are kept in view so that complications can be avoided during border crossings!
– It’s important that travelers take along extra cash for use in case of emergencies while traveling by car abroad because some credit cards might not function in certain places!
– When going on road trips, make sure that the vehicle is in good condition – this will reduce the chances of accidents. Also, when planning road trips, it’s best to carry along a few gallons of water and snacks (e.g fruit/chips) since these items are needed when traveling long distances!
– It’s important that travelers keep an eye on the time while traveling by car abroad because some countries use their own times which may vary drastically from the host nation.
– While planning a road trip vacation, it’s best to take along certain essentials (e.g cell phone/camera) – they help make travel much easier and things become simpler! Also, remember to keep a map of the surrounding areas near you for easy reference!
– It’s important to keep in mind the local traffic laws of a destination while traveling by car abroad because these might be different from home and cause problems later on! Similarly, when going on road trips, remember to pack all the documents needed by authorities at the time of entering/leaving a country (e.g passport/driver’s license, etc.) – this will make things easier if anything goes wrong during border crossings.
– While planning road trips, remember to take along extra cash for use in case of emergencies – this will help if one is stranded on a deserted road! It’s also important that travelers research their destinations before traveling by car abroad because some countries have strict laws and penalties related to driving which may land the driver into trouble!
– It’s best to carry a cell phone when traveling by car abroad (or any vehicle) so that in case of an emergency or need for assistance, it can be called. Also, while planning road trips, remember to check gas availability at different places beforehand so that there are no surprises later on. Similarly, when traveling by car abroad, make sure that all documents needed by authorities (e.g registration card, etc) are kept in view so that complications can be avoided during border crossings!
– When planning road trips, take along the phone numbers of a few hospitals/police stations near you so that in case of an emergency, they can be called for help – this will save on trouble later on.
– It’s important to keep the drugs/medicine used by travelers up-to-date (especially those which need regular refills) because if there is any need for medical assistance while traveling by car abroad or any other vehicle, it’ll have to be shown at that time and might prove problematic if outdated! Also, when planning road trips, remember to check gas availability at different places beforehand so that there are no surprises later on. Similarly, when traveling by car abroad, make sure that all documents needed by authorities (e.g registration card, etc) are kept in view so that complications can be avoided during border crossings!
– It’s important that all travelers pack an emergency survival kit when planning road trips abroad because this helps in case of emergencies and will prove essential if something goes wrong on the way.
– While going on road trips, remember to keep essentials like water/snacks with you since these are required and might be difficult to find at times while traveling by car overseas or any vehicle! Also, make sure that passports/visas for the destination country are up-to-date – this will help things run smoothly during border crossings if there is a need for them. Similarly, travelers must carry along extra cash (and credit cards) for use in case of emergencies while traveling by car abroad because some credit cards might not be accepted in some countries/cities!
Tipping while you travel made simple
– While tipping is not mandatory anywhere in the world, it’s customary for travelers to show appreciation towards services rendered especially during foreign travels (when these are provided as an added service by default). Service personnel are generally underpaid as compared to their Western counterparts and rely on tips for part of their income.
– Ensure that you know the tipping etiquette for your destination country before embarking on a trip because rules for tipping differ in each location. Check with locals or do some research beforehand, so that travelers don’t end up offending others unknowingly.
– While leaving tips is not mandatory, it does go a long way in getting better service especially in these times of economic uncertainty (when employers can no longer afford to pay employees more). A good strategy is to turn down unnecessary services at hotels/restaurants so that staff can concentrate on providing better quality services to travelers who are tipping them.
– If you’re staying at a hotel, leave some loose change (or small bills) for housekeeping staff and room service attendants so that they can be rewarded for their services while leaving a large bill or tip in the form of $1-$5 to concierges who help travelers with planning excursions/local information, etc. For taxi/limousine drivers and tour guides, consider giving around 10% and local guides can get by on approximately 5%.
– When paying tips, place the cash inside an envelope and use this to pay farewell tips instead of handing out money directly to servers/drivers because this avoids confusion over how much you paid. It’s also very important to read confirmation receipts to ensure that you didn’t get overcharged for services rendered.
– It’s customary not to tip at all in the following scenarios: 1) Restaurants where service fees/tips are already included within your bill 2) Service is poor 3) People who don’t usually accept tips (like hotel porters etc). Some restaurants will even include a note on their checklists asking customers not to leave any tips for mediocre service! If you feel compelled or are open-minded enough to give a tip because of exceptional service, then do so but make sure this forms part of the overall bill and isn’t merely tossed in addition.
– If you’re visiting areas where tipping isn’t considered mandatory or common practice, then avoid doing so. In some countries like Japan and South Korea, for example, tipping is looked upon as insulting because it insinuates that the staff has provided poor services which would warrant a tip in the first place!
– While tipping isn’t generally expected during local travels within a country, do leave a small gratuity of between 5% to 10% when using taxis/auto-rickshaws, etc. since these are usually not inclusive of any service charges – especially if you want to ensure return services at your convenience. Note: If you’re traveling with friends/family members who don’t consider this `mandatory’, make sure they don’t object to your generosity towards the driver/staff while paying the bill.
– If you’re traveling with kids and need to access baby strollers, wheelchairs, etc., then tip 10% of their original cost. Always check beforehand to find out if tipping is mandatory in your destination country before paying any gratuities. In Japan, for example, service charges at restaurants are generally considered part of the bill but travelers can still leave tips by adding it on top if they feel compelled to do so!
– The survival kit that gets overlooked whenever a person travels abroad isn’t a suitcase or an extra pair of shoes but travel-sized toiletries like antiseptics, dental floss/scissors, handwash lotion/sanitizer, etc. If you’re staying in hotels, it’s best to always keep a small supply on hand because most places may not provide these items for free!
– While using public toilets can be a rather unpleasant experience especially if you’re traveling abroad, make the best of it by bringing along travel-sized toiletries from home. You’ll save the cost of having to tuck in a few quarters (for paying the services) every time you step into one!
– Before jetting off on your international holiday, think about storing your favorite toiletries at home for when you return back later. This will help ensure that nothing goes missing/mislaid during transit and you don’t have to worry about spaces getting filled up on your return trip.
– Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, make sure you travel with updated health and other important documents in hand. This will help ensure that nothing goes wrong at the last minute while abroad. Make duplicate copies of the same (in case something gets mislaid) and keep it safe from damaging elements like water etc.
– If your luggage is overweight or oversize, then use a luggage shipping company to get items delivered at your destination instead of paying extra charges during check-ins/check-outs or even worse; being refused entry due to excess baggage! You could also consider sending them by road if time permits since this is usually cheaper than the flight route.
Travel tips with pets
– Are you planning to travel abroad with a pet (bird, cat, dog, etc.)? Then make sure that the animal complies with all the country-specific vaccination/quarantine rules and regulations prior to departure. This will help ensure a smooth entry into the country without any hassles!
– If you’re traveling abroad with a pet who’s a picky eater, then consider packing canned/dried food along to keep them well-fed throughout your trip. This will ensure that you don’t have to worry much about their diet so as long as they get all the essential nutrients in their bodies.
– If you plan on going overseas with your pet, then make the most of getting travel insurance beforehand. This will help ensure that any unforeseen illnesses or accidents are taken care of – instead of having to shell out exorbitant amounts for expensive treatments at hospitals/clinics, etc.
– When traveling abroad with pets like dogs and cats, it’s best to book hotels that provide pet services like food/walk-time, etc. This will help ensure that you don’t have to worry much about going out and leaving your pet behind every time he gets hungry or tired!
– Pet carriers may not be the most attractive thing to lug around while traveling abroad but they are vital if you’re planning on taking along a pet with you. Make sure you buy one according to the size of your pet so as to provide enough air circulation, enough room for movement, etc. Also, check out their requirements for in-flight safety by contacting your airline beforehand.
– Keeping pets safe (especially dogs) during trips isn’t just about making sure that they don’t run away from home, but also to keep them from getting into trouble like picking up bad habits or even worse; falling in the hands of pet-nappers (many kidnapping cases have been reported during past years). To ensure their safety, it’s best to make sure that you walk them only when necessary – depending on your security/safety level – and for shorter times.
– If you plan on going overseas with your dog, then consider training him/her beforehand so as to acclimatize faster. This will help establish manners and discipline among pets, put less stress on you and even your fellow travelers while abroad!
– When traveling with a dog, it’s always better to book a hotel which allows pets. This way, you don’t have to leave your pet behind in the hotel room while you go sightseeing or working. Keep him/her company by booking a suite with an additional bedroom!
– Booking hotels with pets is one thing, insuring them during trips maybe another. Contact the pet service provider beforehand and check out their coverage rates before setting off on long journeys abroad so as to not come across any last-minute hassles.
– How well behaved (following commands etc.) is your dog? If he tends to ignore you at times of emergency then it’s best to get some obedience training done beforehand. This will ensure that your dog responds better when needed and that it’s a safer travel experience for both of you.
– If your dog tends to bark incessantly or is hyperactive, then consider getting them some behavioral training beforehand. This will make sure that they are more controlled while on the road, less disruptive and easier to handle during emergencies.
– It’s always best to have a pet sitter take care of your pets back home if you’re going abroad for extended periods. This will save the hassle of dealing with his/her requirements during travel and also ensure that they are in safe hands. However, if you can’t find a dependable pet sitter, then make sure to get one from a trusted source or board him at a local animal shelter instead!
Traveling with a camera?
– It’s always good to carry extra memory cards (especially the compact ones) while on a trip so as to save time, avoid last-minute hassles and ensure you don’t miss out on any memorable moments.
– When going from place to place, it’s always best to keep your camera bag safe by either putting it in a hard-shell backpack or keeping it close at hand. In case of theft, merely taking a few pictures won’t help – but your insurance company will definitely appreciate having the complete set of pictures!
– Beware that thieves are everywhere! Even if you’re just walking down the street or researching something nearby – try not to put your cameras (especially DSLRs ) off your reach. If you have them around, then make sure they’re wrapped tightly with the strap-around-the-neck method.
– Never carry expensive camera lenses while traveling! They are too big and can be easy targets for pickpockets. Instead of lugging such expensive items, bring a small lens that takes up less space in your bag!
– If you want to go extreme with your photography, then consider investing in a waterproof camera! This will help capture underwater pictures without breaking the bank!
– When going out with your DSLR, it’s always good to carry it around in a sturdy camera bag. This will not only protect the device but can also double up as another handbag if needed!
– If you want to be stealthy and are using a smartphone, like an iPhone or Android, while traveling, make sure to disable location sharing (under settings) so that your friends/fans cannot track you via GPS tracking on social networks. For Android phones users – there is no such thing as offhand but we suggest using Google Maps instead of the GPS tracking feature.
– If you’re visiting a beachside location, then it’s always best to protect your camera from direct exposure to water, especially saltwater. You can do so with waterproof bags or just use a plastic bag if needed! This will help keep things safe for longer and prevent untimely accidents as well.
– If you’re going to a beach location, then a GoPro (or similar action camera) can be extremely handy! You can easily mount them to your head or chest before getting in the water and take some amazing videos without worrying about anything else!
I recently went to Mexico with my wife and we wanted to travel light so we just took our phones. We got to some great cenotes and wished we had cameras that we could have taken with us underwater. We missed capturing some incredible moments.
Your standard point-and-shoot cameras are really not cut for underwater pictures. And even if it is, you need someone with extreme skills to pull that off. Instead of risking having a working camera but blur images – consider investing in an underwater camera instead! These cameras help capture clearer pics while being safe underwater.
– When you’re out hiking around… on mountains or trekking through forests or a beach – carry extra batteries and memory cards with you so as to capture all those memorable moments without any delays!
– Consider buying a solar-powered charger instead of regular ones when camping/hiking in remote locations where electricity is not easily available. A good example is this solar charger from Anker. ((link))
Traveling with friends?
– When you’re traveling with a friend (or multiple friends), it’s always good to split the cost of renting a cab. This will be cheaper than taking a regular taxi and also help out other people as well! The best places for such service are airports or train stations where cabs are scarce and usually expensive too.
-If you’re with a larger group consider renting an apartment/house in your travel destination rather than staying at a hotel. This is great if you want more privacy and also helps save money. Sites like Airbnb are good examples. ((link))
– When traveling with friends, always keep an eye on each other’s valuables when moving around the place or going to places unknown to you all. Be careful of pickpockets and such issues! Always hang on tight and be safe!
– If in doubt about where something is – ask someone else who appears local to you! Just walk up to them normally and you want to save some time, it’s better to go into the airport a few hours before your flight. You can either sleep in the airport lounge or just spend some time getting yourself acquainted with the area.
– When going out with friends (or family) on road trips, make sure everyone knows their budget beforehand. It’ll avoid conflicts later down the line when someone goes over budget!
This article is a work in progress. I will be editing and adding to it in the coming days. I hope it has been helpful!
I have owned a number of dogs, and my pitbull Doug was one of my absolute favorites.
Are pitbulls good travel companions?
Pitbulls are great travel companions! They are naturally energetic, happy and want to please their owners. And they mellow out after some good exercise like a brisk walk or longboard session. This makes them ideal for road trips or traveling!
Traveling is a natural instinct for any dog, but pitbulls are built for it! They are well known for their loyalty and bravery. This makes them great companions traveling or on any adventure.
They have a reputation for being aggressive and scary, but the truth is that they are just as sweet, loving, and loyal as any other dog, and more than some! If they are raised by a competent owner, they are a dog that wins the hearts of all that know them.
10 reasons why pitbulls make excellent travel companions.
1 – They love adventures!
The more active the better: whether it’s backpacking through Europe or exploring new regions of the U.S., they are always happy to get out and go on a new adventure.
They love car rides and road trips too. They like to travel with their pack so if you are going by car or by boat, they are happy to be there and seem grateful even that you brought them along.
2 – They’re good with kids!
Did you know the pitbull is one of only two registered breeds in which a love of children is included in its breed standard? Also, Petey on the original Little Rascals series was a pitbull.
3 – They adapt and can go all day!
They have fantastic patience, endurance and stamina. Whether they are waiting in an endless line at an airport or putting in the last miles of an unexpectedly long hike, they adapt well and can make it through anything with more patience and grace than your fellow travelers at times.
Whether it is exploring a new city or an international bus ride, they really can walk, hike or explore all day without getting tired, and love every minute of it!
4 – Pitbulls don’t need much space.
They don’t need a lot of space in order to be comfortable, so they can stay in small hotels, hostels, planes and busses with the best of them. The trick is, if you can, make sure they get some active time in their day before they have to “sit, stay”. How much active time depends on the individual dog.
But they are super versatile they can walk, hike or explore all day without getting tired… or curl up at your feet or by your side and lounge while you read a book or enjoy a cup of tea.
5 – They are happy with new situations and new people.
They aren’t a dog that is shy and timid. Quite the opposite, which traveling requires. Not only do they love to meet new people, but they are some of the most social and friendliest dogs of any breed.
If you are familiar with the American Temperament Test (ATT), pitbulls consistently score in the same range as, retrievers, collies and boxers.
Due to their temperament and intelligence, they are often used as therapy dogs, assistance animals for the disabled, search and rescue animals.
6 – Pitbulls are just the right size
They’re big enough that they won’t get easily stepped on our lost easily, but not too big that they’ll break your back if you need to list them into anything during transport or sleeping. Some hotels do have weight limits, so double-check that when you book your room.
7 – They are loyal, loyal, loyal.
I know, I can hear you now, “But all dogs are loyal.” And you are right. This is why I am a dog person through and through.
One of the reasons pitbulls are good travel companions is because they are very loyal, intelligent, and hardworking.. Many are used for honorable practices such as therapy, assistance, search and rescue, and sports champions.
8 – Pitbulls get a little extra attention too.
Lots of people are afraid of pitbulls so you’ll get lots of attention when traveling – which is something I enjoyed! Especially when you have a great example of the breed.
It’s a fun way to meet new people as you travel too. You can get a little more practice with a foreign language a little as you interact or to see them enjoy an interaction with a dog they might have been scared of before.
9 – They love human affection and attention, but don’t need constant petting.
They like to be the center of your world but don’t have to be all the time. This makes them great for all the moments on your trip between your pics for Instagram, you know, when you need to get stuff done.
I am not a dog trainer or super skilled with them above or beyond the average person, but the following are some additional reasons why I love pitbulls and think they make a fantastic travel companion for solo travelers or a whole family.
10 – Pitbulls are intelligent and easily trainable
11 – Pitbulls are loyal and protective
12 – Pitbulls have a calming effect on people with anxiety or PTSD
13 – Pitbulls can be trained to be service dogs for the disabled, children, seniors, and more
14 – They’re not picky eaters, so you don’t need to worry about finding just the right food at your destination
15 – Pitbulls are very affectionate, love people and typically greet everyone with enthusiasm
16 – Pitbulls are great at entertaining themselves
17 – They are always ready to go
18 – They don’t shed much and their short hair is easy to manage and they require minimal grooming
19 – They are athletic by nature and connect easily with their humans.
Pitbulls are great travel companions! Their charming nature makes them great companions for travel or life in general. Pitbulls are playful as they age and will still like to play around even when they get older. Pitbulls are outgoing, friendly companions who bond strongly to their owners and love meeting new people. They are so easy to travel with.
One word of caution when traveling with a pitbull
Your perfect pup is still a pitbull. Generally speaking, pitbulls have been given a bit of a bad reputation. It’s unfortunate that so many people brush the pitbull aside when looking for a dog of their own, because of a few tragic news stories.
Unfortunately there are some horror stories out there of dogs that were raised poorly or provoked and then people or animals got hurt.
Because of their physical abilities, when an accident does happen it can be more severe than if your neighbor’s tiny poodle attacks you.
They are tough dogs, but that does not mean they are always mean. Because they are tough, they are a favorite of some irresponsible dog owners. Pitbulls are the most abused dog.
If they’re raised by attentive owners that take care of them they’re happy and fun-loving animals!
Some people will look at your dog and just see its breed
Just be extra careful that you train yours to obey you at all times and always make sure that you drain as much of your dog’s energy as possible before requiring it to stay in a confined space for long periods of time.
Doing this and making sure your pitbull is well socialized from the day you get it is super important. It is a breed that has some preconceived negative notions about it and if you work with your pitbull and make it a great ambassador of the breed, you will not only help it but help change people’s thoughts and ideas of pitbulls that meet it.
Because of their bad reputation some public places or hotels might not let you stay there. Just check with the places you book that you are ok to stay their first. Nothing worse than making plans and then finding out you can’t stay at the hotel you booked because you have a pit with you.
That never happened to me but is always a good thing to check.
Some questions about traveling with pitbulls I have gotten
Are pitbulls good travel dogs?
They are fantastic travel dogs. If you are flying, make sure to read up on the airline’s pet policies. and check with all hotels you plan to use as well. ((here)) is another article I wrote with a bunch of travel tips that you will want to follow when bringing a pitbull with you on your travel adventures.
Can I fly with my pitbull?
Feds Say Airlines Can’t Ban pitbulls or Other Dog Breeds From Flying. Just over a year after Delta Airlines announced that “pitbull type dogs” were not welcome on flights, the U.S. Department of Transportation released a statement that forbids airlines from banning dogs based on their breed. Aug 16, 2019
This article is all about flying with your pitbull. Check it out if you are wondering, can I bring a pitbull on a plane? or other details about flying with your pitbull. ((linkss))
Do pitbulls like to cuddle?
Pitbulls love to snuggle and cuddle! Even though most pitbulls wind up easily, they’ll wind down and chill easily and love being hugged and pet too. They will do this on their own. But one trick, if you get them out for some good exercise they will come home and cuddle instantly.
Do hotels allow pitbulls?
Pet-friendly hotels do allow pitbulls. However, always check with the place you want to stay about it before you book your stay.
There times when you might run into hotels, campgrounds, and vacation rentals that ban certain dog breeds. One tip, government campgrounds nearly always allow all breeds all the time.
Tip, get your dog certified as a service dog!
Can you make a pitbull a service dog?
The American pitbull can make excellent Service Dogs! This includes any of the bully breeds and of course, depends on the temperament of your specific dog.
One of the nice things about certifying your pet as a service dog is that they can go anywhere you’re allowed to go – like stores, office complexes and apartments that don’t allow dogs or pets.
Traveling with a pitbull or pitbull mix dog can be tricky. There are laws and situations that aren’t conducive to a fun travel experience that I want to help you avoid.
Check out these tips and have a fantastic time with your furry friend.
1. Be aware of breed laws and regulations
Prior to traveling or staying overnight in a new area, read up on the laws of that region. Do certain areas have requirements regarding muzzling or other conditions for pitbulls? Will you be able to easily stop for potty breaks and let your pitbull out of the car? More on this in the next section.
To make traveling with a pitbull as enjoyable as possible, you should take the following steps:
Call the local animal control office to get the most current information about any restrictions in the area if you’ll be visiting or passing through a jurisdiction that has a breed-specific law.
You may want to carry DNA results from your vet showing your dog’s lineage if your dog looks like one of the restricted breeds.
Plan for the unexpected, since laws are constantly changing and websites might not be up-to-date.
Make sure to comply with all muzzle, leash, and proof of insurance requirements if your pet is an affected breed, or it could be mistaken for one. To be prepared at all times, make sure to carry those with you when you are out and about… even on short potty breaks.
Do your best to comply with breed-specific laws even if it means leaving the jurisdiction. And be extra polite if you have accidentally broken one of the local laws.
And consider just bypassing any location that has any restrictions at all on your bully altogether. That makes it stress free and more enjoyable for sure.
In addition to areas that have restrictions, there are some that you should altogether avoid. We will discuss that more in the next section.
2. Use BSL resources to plan your trip
Legislation that restricts certain dog breeds from a particular location or activity is called breed-specific legislation (BSL). If the owner of a dog breaks any of these laws, then the owner may be fined and their dog may be taken away and/or executed. It’s super important to know where to avoid going with your pitbull.
But it’s not hard to make sure you and your dog have a great experience when you travel! Though traveling with pitbulls might take a little extra planning, it can be a fantastic experience!
It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with Breed Specific laws since they vary from one state or province to another. They even vary from country to country.
There are some great maps for the US, Canada and the world that show you:
Places where pitbulls are banned
Spots where the BSL was rejected
Areas with added restrictions
Check them out as you plan where you will be traveling to and where you will stay.
Click Here for a map from the Animal Farm Foundation with areas of the United States marked where BSL has been enacted.
Click Here to see a map from the Justice for Bullies Bullies indicating areas in which breed specific legislation has been enacted in Canada and across the world.
These a great maps and a good place to start.
There are a number of ways you can plan your trip, but you could pull out a good old fashion map and start plotting out where you want to go. Then check out those maps above and look for spots you need to avoid on the BSL websites, and mark them in red on your map so if you are offline as your travel, for any reason, you can make sure to avoid them. Just make sure you stay clear of those areas.
Be sure to take your atlas on your trip, so you can easily refresh your memory on places that discriminate against your dog as you travel along.
3. Find a pit-friendly hotel to spend the night
Knowing the city or state regulations means you’re safe with your dog out in public, but some businesses or hotels, even pet-friendly ones sometimes don’t allow pits.
I find it easiest to schedule hotels that are pitbull friendly before I leave home when I can. There are times when my wife and I decide to take a little different route than we had planned on and we need to call around to find a different place to stay. We just pull out our phones and Google Maps and start to call around. It isn’t too hard.
And if your dog is a mixed breed it can be helpful to carry its paperwork, confirming their DNA. Some places can be more lenient with mixed breed pits.
This also applies to boarding and daycare facilities. And they might not mind pits personally but their insurance might not cover them so they can’t take them. You never know till you ask.
It’s easy to avoid breed restrictions, because there aren’t any, in parks and forests owned by the US federal government, such as national parks, national forests, and Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds.
4. Simply avoid places where pitbulls are banned
If you are like me, as I mentioned earlier, avoid all the towns that have BSLs, when you can. Map your route so that you avoid areas that have banned the breed of dog. Understanding the restrictions is important. I will pass through towns that have restrictions, but I won’t stay the night there.
5. Keep your pitbull’s mind busy and engaged
Your dog can likely spend hours just looking out the window. They will do this whether you are flying or driving. Whether you are driving or flying with your pitbull, find a couple of ways to keep him entertained. You can carry his favorite toys, or a new toy or two, a bone, a food bowl, and of course bring their dog bed.
This way, he will feel comfortable and relaxed the whole drive. However, you should never leave him alone in a car, even if you have to run into a store for a snack.
If you do need to run in to grab something take them with you. This is where it pays to have done your prep work before your trip. You will know you aren’t going to have problems with restrictions if you have done your homework.
6. Keep his energy levels low
One of the keys to having any dog that is mild mannered and well behaved is getting them plenty of activity and exercise to lower their energy levels. This is especially true for pitbulls! They will listen better and be calmer and listen better if they have had a chance to get out and work hard first. It is like a magic pill! Those of you who have experienced this and nodding your head right now.
If you have ever seen an episode of The Dog Whisperer, you know that’s one of the first places that Cesar starts. And it’s a fantastic travel hack with your pitbull!
Before you get in the car or on a plane or any kind of public transportation or take him into your hotel room for the night, do all you can to get as much energy out as possible. Dogs need exercise and especially pitbulls!
How much exercise does he need? You know when they have gone on a walk or hike or bike ride and then they come in the house and drink and then crash in their bed for a couple hours? That’s how much. It leaves them feeling better physically and mentally.
If you can, for the two days prior to your trip get them good and exercised each day and your trip will be so easy. The inverse is true. If they haven’t gotten a lot of physical activity in the days leasing up to your trip they will be off the walls and everything will be a little bit harder for sure.
6. To be Super Safe, Don’t Let Him Stick His Head Out the Window
I crack the windows for my dogs and at times let them stick their heads out, but not typically on the freeway… But I did a little research and found the following, which makes sense.
If he has cropped ears, his ears can become infected when small particles fly into them.
Injuries might occur if road debris hits him in the face.
His ears can flip in the wind if he has natural pitbull ears which can cause them to swell and form scar tissue which can damage his ears permanently.
I haven’t ever seen those things happen, but it’s understandable that they could.
7. Check Your Airline’s Pet Policies
You should check the airline regulations and rules if you plan on flying to your destination. I’ve got an article on flying with your pitbull here that goes into more detail about the best way to fly with your pitbull. ((link)) Don’t plan a trip without checking to see if you can bring your pit on your airline of choice and seeing what type of crate they need you to bring to transport him in.
8. Get Him the Right Crate
There is a chance that the crate required by the airline you’re flying on is different than a crate you already own for your furry friend. It’s also possible that the requirements may have changed since the last time you flew with that airline as well, so your current crate still might not work. Again, it is a lot easier to make a call ahead of time than to discover you need to make some changes when you arrive at the airport.
9. Try a Pet or Dog Courier Service
Your next option, if there are no airlines that will take your pitbull, could be a service that will deliver your pet. Pitbulls can be transported by pet couriers, who specialize in transporting pets.
A company like this will take care of all the details including paperwork, crate, food and water for you, and even assign someone to check on your dog from time to time through its journey.
If you go this route, only one disadvantage could be that you and your pet might be on different flights.
10. Obtain a Health Certificate
Getting your pitbull checked and carrying that documentation with you is always a good idea, even in countries that do not require them. Maintaining your dog’s records up to date, and having that paperwork readily available in case of issues, will go a long way towards showing people you are a responsible dog owner.
If you don’t know how many checkups your destination requires, check with the destination requirements. It’s also good within ten days of your flight, to take your dog to the veterinarian and have them examined. Doublecheck what vaccinations are required by the destination and then make sure they have those as well.
11. Be a Good Ambassador for the Breed
Whether it is fair or not, pitbulls do have a bit of a bad rap. It is frustrating to have to do additional research to ensure you don’t have issues with restrictions and laws get in the way of you having fun on your vacation.
Their reputation will only change over time as people have good experiences with pitbulls and their owners. So it is up to us!
When I had my pitbull mix I enjoyed seeing people enjoy petting him and meeting him. I would smile when they would find out he was half pit. It made me feel good to try to change their preconceived notions of what a pitbull was.
They often would have a good experience and then ask a lot of questions. I really enjoyed it too. That’s a significant part of how we fix the pitbull’s reputation.
I think the extra effort is worth it!
Now for a couple questions that I have gotten.
Which country is the most dog friendly?
After a little research across the web I am very comfortable you would be in great shape looking into some of these destinations if you are looking into an international trip with your furry friend. I might write more on them later, but for now, here is my list.
France Switzerland Sweden Canada Slovenia Luxembourg Japan The Netherlands Brazil Austria Poland Germany Belgium The Bahamas Great Britain
How do you travel with a pitbull?
To have the best experience traveling with a pitbull check ahead and make sure they are allowed where you are going, and then do all you can to keep them and those around you safe so that it can be a good experience for your dog and others.
Here is a quick list of the bullet points we explained above. 1- Be aware of Breed Laws and Regulations 2- Use BSL Resources to Plan Your Trip 3- Find a Pit-Friendly Hotel to Spend the Night 4- Simply Avoid Places Where Pitbulls Are Banned 5- Keep your pitbull’s mind busy and engaged 6- Keep his energy levels low 7- Don’t Let Him Stick His Head Out the Window 8- Check Your Airline’s Pet Policies 9- Get Him the Right Crate 10- Try a Pet or Dog Courier Service 11- Obtain a Health Certificate 12- Be a Good Ambassador for the Breed