Pet-Friendly Accommodation and Other Necessities for a Great Trip

Travelling with your pet can be a wonderful experience filled with exploration and bonding, but it requires careful planning and consideration to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey for them. Here's everything you need to know about travelling with your pet, from preparation to safety tips.


Preparation is Crucial

Before hitting the road, it's essential to plan ahead and make necessary preparations to ensure a smooth journey for your pet. Here are some vital tips to help you get started!

  • Health Check-Up

Schedule a visit to your veterinarian to ensure your pet is in good health and up to date on vaccinations. This is also an excellent time to discuss any concerns you may have about motion sickness or anxiety during travel.

  • Pack a Travel Kit

Put together a travel kit for your pet that includes essentials such as food, treats, water, bowls, leash, poop bags, and any necessary medications.

  • Safety First

Invest in a secure dog seat or crate to keep your pet safe and comfortable while travelling in the car. It's essential to minimise distractions and ensure that your pet remains securely restrained during the journey.

  • Frequent Breaks

Plan regular rest stops along your route to allow your pet to stretch their legs, relieve themselves, and get some fresh air.

  • Comforts of Home

Bring along familiar items such as your pet's favourite toys, blankets, and bedding to help them feel more at ease in unfamiliar surroundings.

  • First-Aid Kit

Prepare a pet-friendly first-aid kit containing essentials such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, and any necessary medications. It's also a good idea to research and locate emergency veterinary clinics along your route in case of any unexpected health issues.


Enjoying the Journey Together

Keep your dog securely leashed while travelling and during rest stops to prevent them from wandering off or getting into unsafe situations. When visiting areas with wildlife, maintain a safe distance to prevent any encounters that could result in injuries or bites.

Pets should never be left unattended in a car, especially in warm weather. Ensure that your pet stays comfortable by using air conditioning or fans while driving.


Now for the best part! We have compiled a few pet-friendly options across South Africa to add to your itinerary:

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We hope you are ready for a fun trip with your fur-baby!

Whether you’re close to home or on the road, take the stress out of vet trips and your journey, with pet insurance. You can visit any registered vet in South Africa, so no matter where your adventures take you, your fluffy traveller is covered.