Everything Else to Prepare For
Pack enough dog food to last through a few extra days of vacation, in case you get delayed. "I don't want to find out that the local stores don't carry my dog's food and have to switch at the last moment," says Ellis, adding that this scenario is a recipe for gastric calamity. The same is true for any medicines your dog is taking — bring extra, just in case.
Before you go, consider getting a health certificate from your vet. Sometimes hotels or doggie activities will require it. For example, on one trip Kearney took his dog to a pet-friendly indoor swimming pool. Before Eko could jump in, Kearney had to present a health certificate. And should you need a vet on the road, Kearney says he's had good luck with asking locals for recommendations or cruising through the reviews of clinics on Yelp.