Tips for Traveling with Dogs
Approximately 30 million people travel with pets each year (Travel Association of America). Are you one of them? The King and Prince Resort has recently added additional dog-friendly accommodations and have advice for making your trip go smoothly. And, if you are traveling with your dog to The King and Prince Resort, be sure to ask our concierge about dog-friendly activities in the area!
Before Your Trip
- Visit your veterinarian to be sure your dog is fit to travel and to get a health certificate, which is generally necessary for plane travel and boarding at your destination. Your dog may also need additional vaccinations if you are traveling outside of the country.
- If your dog is not used to traveling in the car or carrier, gradually break them in well in advance of the trip by taking short car rides. This will prepare them for car travel and let you see how your dog responds.
- Before you book your flight, check with your airline to determine their policy for traveling with dogs. Policies can vary by airline on size of dog, breed, health certification requirements, prohibited months, and/or temperatures of travel, fees, and more. If possible, try to arrange for direct flights.
- Look up details (phone number, address, and hours) for a veterinary hospital close to your destination in case of an emergency. Better yet, download an app that finds the emergency hospital closest to your location, such as the Pet Services Finder by Pet MD.
What to Pack for your Dog
- Bowls for water and food
- Food and treats that your dog is used to
- Collar with up-to-date tags (including how to contact you while you are traveling)
- Pet carrier
- Blankets/bedding to make the carrier more comfortable
- Favorite toys and comfort items
- Pooper scooper
- A first aid kit and any medications
- Copy of medical records/health certificate
- Current photo in case your dog gets lost
Traveling by Plane
- Be prepared for airport security. Your dog may need to walk through the metal detector with you or undergo a secondary screen which includes a visual and physical inspection. You may need to remove your dog from the carrier so the carrier can go through the X-Ray machine.
- Consider bringing a leash to walk your dog through the metal detector and ensure your dog stays by your side during the chaos of airport security!
Traveling by Car
- If your dog is riding in a carrier, it is important to make sure it is secured to the car.
- Another option is to use a restraining harness that connects to the seat belt that protect against flying forward during sudden stopping or an accident.
- Never leave your dog unattended in a vehicle. The temperature inside of a car can rise very quickly, even with the windows cracked.
- Make frequent pit-stops. The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends stopping every two to three hours for your dog to use the bathroom and get some exercise.
- Keep an eye on your snacks and keep toxic foods away from your dog (chocolate, some nuts, grapes, raisins, and choking hazards).
Once You Arrive
- Know the laws where you are staying. On St. Simons Island, leashed dogs are allowed on the beach at any time, except from 9am to 6pm from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
- Have fun! Play on the beach, find local dog parks, and enjoy outdoor dining areas and dog-friendly trails!