Pets make moving a bit more complicated. But never fear, it can be done with a little pre-planning. Here’s a checklist of things to consider when moving with pets.
Pre-planning is key. Make travel arrangements in advance. Have one member of the family be responsible for caring for the pet so there’s no confusion on the day of the move.
Check-up. Take the pet to the veterinarian for a checkup. You may ask about sedation if traveling is a hardship on the pet. Obtain your pet’s health record so you’ll have it for your new vet. Get a travel identification tag and check your destination state’s pet entry regulations (if you’re moving to a new state).
Transportation. Pets can’t travel in the moving van, so they must travel in your personal vehicle or in an appropriate container if traveling via airfreight. A portable kennel or carrier is a good idea for vehicle travel, especially if you will be on an overnight motor trip. Be sure to have a leash or cat harness for bathroom breaks.
Bring your pet’s food and water dishes, a food and water supply, a few treats, a can opener, blanket, favorite toys and a few treats. Your pet may be a bit nervous or overly-excited at the start of the trip, but he or she should settle down quickly.