Travelling Abroad with Your Dog: A Comprehensive Guide

Travelling Abroad with Your Dog: A Comprehensive Guide

Travelling abroad with your furry friend can be an exciting adventure, but it requires careful planning to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip for both you and your dog. Whether you are planning a road trip or flying to a new destination, here’s a comprehensive guide to help you get ready, along with some handy tips on using our travel kits to make the journey more comfortable and safe.

Preparing Your Dog’s Travel Documents

One of the first steps in planning an international trip with your dog is obtaining a pet passport. This passport includes vital information about your pet’s vaccinations and health status. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Microchipping: Ensure your dog is microchipped. This is a requirement for obtaining a pet passport.
  2. Vaccinations: Your dog must be vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days before travel.
  3. Health Certificate: Obtain a health certificate from your vet stating that your dog is fit to travel. Some countries may require additional vaccinations or treatments, so check the specific requirements for your destination.

Accommodation Essentials

When booking your accommodation, make sure it's dog-friendly. Here are some key points to consider:

  • Dog Bowls and Beds: Check if the hotel or rental provides dog bowls and beds. If not, pack your own to ensure your dog’s comfort.
  • Nearby Walking Areas: Research the vicinity for good walking spots, parks, or dog-friendly beaches. Having a place to walk and play is essential for your dog’s happiness and health.
  • Food Supply: Bring enough dog food for the entire trip, plus a little extra. Sudden changes in diet can upset your dog’s stomach, so it’s best to stick with their regular food.
  • Cooling Mat - Many pets can suffer from heat during the hot summer months. The Scruffs® Cool Dog Mat is designed to provide relief for your pet. Filled with a non-toxic gel the self-cooling mat will be typically 5-10 degrees cooler than room temperature.

Traveling by Car

If you're driving, planning your route to include dog-friendly stops is crucial. Here’s what to keep in mind:

  • Service Stations: Look for service stations with designated dog walking areas. These stops provide a safe and convenient place for your dog to stretch their legs and relieve themselves.
  • Rest Breaks: Plan for frequent rest breaks, ideally every two to three hours, to let your dog walk, drink water, and get some fresh air.

Essential Travel Kits

To make your trip smoother, consider investing in our travel kits designed specifically for dogs:

  1. First Aid Pack: Our first aid pack is a must-have for any trip. It includes bandages, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, and other essentials to handle minor injuries or emergencies.
  2. Boot Crate Pads: Keep your car clean and your dog comfortable with our boot crate pads. They are durable, easy to clean, and provide a cozy spot for your dog during the journey.
  3. Travel Bowls: Lightweight and collapsible, our travel bowls are perfect for feeding your dog on the go.

Additional Tips

  • ID Tags: Ensure your dog wears a collar with an ID tag that includes your contact information and, if possible, the address of your accommodation.
  • Comfort Items: Bring along your dog’s favorite toys or blanket to give them a sense of familiarity and comfort in a new environment.
  • Hydration: Always have fresh water available. A portable water bottle with an attached bowl is perfect for travel.


Travelling abroad with your dog can be a wonderful experience with the right preparation. By securing the necessary documents, planning your accommodation and route, and packing essential travel kits, you’ll ensure a safe and enjoyable journey for you and your furry companion.

Ready to hit the road? Visit our website to explore our range of travel products designed to make your adventures with your dog as smooth and comfortable as possible. Happy travels!

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