When asked for tips for traveling with pets, Kimpton Hotel pet ambassadors had these recommendations:
1. Always have fresh water on hand. We pets don’t mind drinking right out of the bottle.
2. Have pet tags. Make sure pet identification tags include our final destination information and, for international trips, bring official proof of rabies vaccination to avoid any problems at the airport.
3. There’s no place like home. Bring us pets some items from home so we are familiar with the scent.
This cuts down on anxiety when traveling.
4. Bring a leash. While I may be allowed to roam in the hotel lobby during wine hour, my human is always careful to obey the leash laws wherever we travel.
5. Pre-trip preparation. Prior to the big trip, be sure to give us pets a bath and trim our nails. We wouldn’t want to rip the upholstery in the new car or at a pet-friendly hotel.
6. Give pets a test drive. Some furry friends may not like the car, so drive around for a quick trip prior to taking a long road trip.
7. Enjoy! Do some research prior to the trip to ensure your hotel is pet-friendly (like ours) and that there are plenty of places to walk and exercise us — it’s your pet’s vacation, too!
“When traveling with our pets, we always remember to bring plenty of water and treats and to stop for walks along the way when we are driving. I find that bringing along some comforts from home (like their beds) keeps the dogs happy. Don’t forget to bring supplies to clean up after accidents, and remember that it’s also easy to find pet-friendly hotels these days, but plan ahead for extra fees.”
–Diane Cameron, mother of Elsa, a Brussels Griffon,and Elvis, a Japanese Chin
“I have traveled with my dog, Gordon, a few times and, because he’s nervous, our vet recommended giving him Benadryl. It keeps him much happier on the road and during flights — and it’s also great for thunderstorms! ”
–Cassie Destino, mother of Gordon, an Australian Sheperd/Italian Greyhound