Travelling with your dog: an essential checklist

Collar and ID

Get an extra ID disc made up with your holiday address and contact telephone number, just in case your dog becomes separated from you while you’re away. A microchip is essential, especially if you’re travelling outside the UK.


Check that the stitching is sound and take a spare one in case you misplace or lose it.


If you’re on a driving holiday, a harness, boot-guard or dog crate is essential. Taking a dog on a plane usually requires a special travel kennel. You can find out more information about flying with pets on airlines’ websites.


The familiarity of his own bed (with his own scent on it) will help your dog settle into an unfamiliar place.


Pack plenty, so you can dry off any wet, muddy coats and paws before taking your dog indoors.

Dog food and bowl

Take enough for the duration of your stay, as you may not be able to buy any further supplies of your dog’s usual grub, and sudden changes can cause tummy upsets.

Travel water bottle

Handy for keeping in the car, there are no mishaps if it gets tipped over and it can double up as a water bowl in your room.

Poo bags, lint roller, kitchen roll

Clearing up after your dog is essential, so be prepared for the inevitable as well as any stray fur or little accidents.

First aid kit

It’s always sensible to have at least a basic kit with you. Don´t forget to include any ongoing medication to cover the holiday period. Some owners take along calming remedies, such as pheromone sprays or homeopathic remedies, to help with their pet’s motion sickness and the stress that comes along with travelling.

Recent photo

If your dog does get lost, a good photo could be invaluable in helping you find him.


If you’re taking your dog abroad, make sure you have all the correct documentation with you, including your pet insurance documents. For animals travelling in an EU country, you should get travel documentation. If you’re visiting a non-EU listed country or territory, you’ll need to obtain an official third country veterinary certificate. The regulations do change from time to time, so always consult Defra for the latest information about travelling abroad with your dog.

Third party liability

If you’re interested to know more about third party liability overseas, please call us on 0345 077 1934.