November, December and early January are extremely popular times for people to travel, which means that moving a pet during these holiday weeks can be surprisingly complicated. Here are a few tips that will help you organize your pet’s holiday trip as smoothly as possible.
- Start planning in advance – Rushing adds stress at any time of the year, and if you wait until the last minute before the holidays begin to start putting your pet’s move together, you may find yourself facing serious challenges.
- Have a back-up plan – Delays and hiccups are more likely to occur during the holidays, so it’s very important to have a contingency plan in place just in case. Where will your pet stay if a flight is delayed? This is the kind of question you need to know the answer to.
- Hire help – Since you probably have plenty of other things to worry about (such as your own travel details), now would be a good time to hand over the responsibilities of your pet’s logistics to an expert whose job it is to plan safe travels.
- Be flexible – Maybe things will go completely smoothly, but just in case they don’t, it’s wise to be ready for anything by gathering relevant contact information and mentally preparing yourself should adjustments be necessary.
- Reschedule – Though you may want to travel on Christmas Day, but that isn’t always plausible. Avoid the rush altogether by traveling before the holidays begin or after the height of the chaos ends. Adjusting your travel date may not be your first choice, but it will probably make things much easier for both you and your pet.
- Reserve boarding – If you plan to board your pet while you’re away, be sure to schedule early as boarding facilities often fill up during the holidays. Do your research about a possible boarding facility and make sure your pet is up to date medically before admitting them.