Some time ago, I made a Quick Guide on International Cat Travel. I have made quite a complete list of the step by step guide from preparation to the actual travel day to arriving on the destination.
However, I did also mention I wish I made a cat packing list, which I didn’t at the time.
Today, I am going to share with you a pet packing list I found on EuropePetNet, check it out and read the full article on here. It’s not cat specific but it will be handy for those of you who have both cats and dogs.
One thing I do want to add though is – PASSPORT! Don’t forget their passport and paperwork! You might need to attach the vet certificate or the counter sign document from the Department of Agriculture of your country!
Animal comfort and security
It is safest for your pet to travel in a sturdy crate, even in the car. If you are flying with your pet, check with the airline before purchasing a travel crate. Soft-sided carriers are often allowed for in-cabin travel for small dogs and cats. Size and structure of the crate may be outlined by airline policy or law. For example, some airlines require specially constructed wire crates for transporting fighting breeds, such as Pit Bulls.
Before setting off on holiday, check for specific breed bans at your destination. Commonly banned dog breeds include American Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull Terrier, Mastiffs, etc.
It is a good idea to keep all your pet’s supplies in one place and easily accessible. If you are travelling by car or train, pack your pet’s things in a small bag that will fit within your luggage. If you are flying with your pet, place a few essentials in your hand luggage.
Things to keep with your pet:
Leash and collar with identification tags
Even if your pet does not normally wear a collar, it is a good idea for him or her to wear one while travelling. This allows for control over the pet and identification. Cats do best when fitted with a harness and leash instead of a collar around the neck.
Small plastic bowl
A small food storage bowl is useful for giving your pet water or food during the trip.
Keep a small water bottle with you at all times for your pet. It is necessary to offer water every few hours to ensure that he or she stays well hydrated.
One serving of food is good to have on hand, especially if you are travelling by air. Due to weight and size restrictions for hand luggage, we recommend that you carry the minimum with your pet into the cabin. If your flight is delayed or checked luggage is lost, your pet can at least have one meal while you wait.
Things to put into your ‘pet’s bag’ or checked luggage:
A small ‘slip lead’ is good to have in case the other becomes lost or damaged. This type of lead can easily be put over your pet’s head and serves as both collar and leash.
Pack enough for the trip. It may not be easy or possible to purchase the same brand at your destination, especially if your pet is on a prescription veterinary diet.
The weather can be unpredictable and muddy paws can be a problem! It is a good idea to have a bath towel on hand for easy paw and hair clean-up.
1 or 2 bowls for water and food
To lighten your load, use only one bowl per pet – when your pet has finished the meal, fill the bowl with water.
If your pet has a health problem, have your veterinarian examine your pet before travel. Be sure to have enough medication for the duration of the trip.
Grooming supplies, such as hair brush, toothbrush and pet toothpaste
Good hygiene and daily brushing should not take a vacation!
For those of you who have done international cat travel, what will be the one item you wish you had during your journey? Share your advice below!