Don’t want to leave your furry friend behind when going away these school holidays? You don’t have to! With a little planning your entire family can enjoy some time away! Here’s what to prepare for:

Whether you’re taking a car, bus or plane, it is important to prepare the safety of your pet. Car safety harnesses are available in most pet stores. Make sure you do your homework as not all harnesses are made equal. Back seat barricades can also help prevent injury in case of an accident.

If you are taking a plane, check the airline carrier’s rules and requirements for pet travel ahead of time as some breeds are not permitted. Authorized pet carriers and crates are often needed, which can be hired from Jet Pets.

Making toilet stops is imperative when taking your pet for a car trip, and it’s also good for your health as well. Pack water/food bowls, fresh water, treats, a leash and never leave your furry friend in the car unattended. Dogs, especially, suffer heatstroke easily, so window shades and air-conditioning are the best ways to keep them nice and cool. Any dogs travelling on the back of utes should be kept safely in cages with provided shade.

Pet friendly accommodation is becoming more prevalent these days and with the internet at your fingertips it has never been easier to do your research. Accommodation now comes in all shapes and sizes, from villas, caravan parks, camping areas and more!

The most important things to check when booking are: Is the size and breed of my dog allowed? If you have more than one dog, is that allowed? Are they allowed inside as well as outside? Are they allowed on the furniture or do you need to bring pet bedding? Is the yard fenced and secure? Is the surrounding area pet friendly?

Unfortunately, just like humans, sickness or injury can occur on holiday. Make sure you have a backup vet ready should something happen and you require a professional.

On holidays, we love to get out and about and not all tourist spots accept pets. Enquire with the place of accommodation if they have a pet sitting service or can recommend someone for you. Also ask if they will come to your place or if you have to take your pet to theirs. Checking this out beforehand in regards to reviews and availability can also save you a lot of time.

With a bit of organisation there's no reason why your furry best friend can't join the family on your next big getaway!