Have your pets implanted with a microchip to improve the chances of getting them back if lost. Make sure the chip is registered with the latest info and complemented with a special tag with your information.
No matter how close your trip, it’s always a good idea to have your dog’s proof of vaccinations, especially rabies. A simple trip across a state line can require a health certificate signed by a vet saying your pet has been examined and is free of disease.
Make sure to bring meds (enough for the trip and some spare), a collar, a leash, a harness, a crate, bed/blankets, toys, snacks, food and water bowls. And always have a pet first aid kit handy.
Unless your pet is a seasoned flyer or long-distance car rider, it’s best to start them off with an empty stomach. The same goes for boating and other fast-moving activities. Some airlines will not transport animals when it is extremely hot or cold, the exception being those small enough to fly in the cabin.
Speaking Of Boating…
If you’re traveling with a large animal, provide a ramp for them to easily get onboard and off. And get pet sunblock. Yes, it’s a real thing. Even furred friends can get a sunburn.