For many people, being able to take your furry companion on a trip abroad is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have, but ensuring a smooth and stress-free journey for your pet requires careful planning. Unlike hopping in the car for a road trip, air travel presents unique challenges. With the right preparation, you can ensure your pet’s travel experience is comfortable and positive. This guide will equip you with key tips to navigate pet-friendly travel.

Research ahead of your trip

Ahead of traveling with your pet, make sure you take the time to carefully consider your options. Airlines have varying pet fees, weight restrictions and carrier requirements. Familiarize yourself with their pet travel guidelines well in advance. 

Some airlines may have limitations on pet breeds allowed in the cabin, while private jets for dogs are perfectly equipped to make sure your pet travels in complete comfort by your side. Understanding these variations can help you choose the airline that best suits your pet’s needs.

Before you travel, schedule a check-up to ensure your pet is healthy enough for air travel. Discuss necessary vaccinations and any calming aids that might be suitable for your pet during the flight. Most airlines require a health certificate issued within a specific timeframe by a licensed veterinarian, so plan your vet visit accordingly.

Carrier comfort

Opt for a carrier that provides ample space for your pet to be able to move around comfortably. Look for carriers with features like fleece bedding, mesh panels for proper ventilation and locking mechanisms to prevent accidental escape.

Ahead of your trip, it’s advised to make the carrier a positive space that your pet feels comfortable with. Gradually increase the amount of time your pet spends inside to build comfort. You can even try feeding your pet meals inside the carrier to create a positive association.


Bring along a small amount of food portioned for the travel time and a water dispenser that attaches to the carrier door. You could include a favorite toy or comforting item like a worn t-shirt with your scent to reduce stress.

Before you travel, you could consider getting your pet accustomed to the sights and sounds of air travel. Play recordings of airplane noise at home, or even practice going through security screening procedures. If possible, take your pet for short car rides to get them used to being in a confined space.

Many owners choose to give their pets a calming supplement or pheromone spray recommended by a veterinarian. This will ease your pet’s anxiety during the flight. These products can mimic natural calming hormones and create a more relaxed environment for your furry friend.