Essential Travel Checklist for Flying with Pets – Insight from Signature Relocation

Traveling with your beloved cat or dog can be an exciting adventure but requires thorough preparation to ensure a smooth journey for both you and your pet. Here is an essential checklist to help you prepare for flying with your furry companion.


  • Check Entry and Exit Regulations: Before setting off, familiarize yourself with the specific entry and exit regulations of your destination country. This includes understanding quarantine requirements, which can vary significantly between destinations.
  • Gather All Necessary Documents: Ensure you have all the required documents for your pet’s travel. This typically includes health certificates, proof of vaccinations, and sometimes even a pet passport, depending on your destination.
  • Secure Airline Approval: Contact your airline well in advance to confirm their pet travel policies and secure approval for your cat or dog. Each airline has different guidelines and restrictions, such as the size and type of carriers allowed.
  • Complete Booking Forms in Advance: Submit any required booking forms to the airline at least seven days prior to your departure. This will help avoid any last-minute issues or delays.
  • Consult Your Veterinarian: Talk to your veterinarian about your travel plans and ask if your pet needs any specific medications or vaccinations for the trip. This is also a good time to have your pet examined to ensure they are fit for air travel.
  • Acclimate Your Pet to Their Carrier: Help your pet get used to their travel bag or kennel weeks before your trip. This can reduce stress and make the journey more comfortable for them.
  • Prepare a Lead and Harness: Have a sturdy lead and a comfortable harness or collar ready. These are essential for keeping your pet secure during airport check-ins and while navigating through new environments.
  • Pack Pet Food Appropriately: Carry a supply of dry pet food in a sealed container within your cabin baggage. Check the regulations regarding wet pet food as these can vary, and some destinations may have restrictions.
  • Carry Original Documents: Bring all original documents related to your pet’s health and identification. These will be necessary for verification by an airport veterinarian upon arrival at your destination.


Signature Relocation has been a full-service relocation provider building trust in the industry for 25 years. We offer a complete range of domestic U.S. and global relocation services. Signature Relocation provides custom-based support in program administration and single-point-of-contact management of home sales, destination services, household goods move management, and international assignment support.


At Signature Relocation, we understand the importance of a smooth and stress-free travel experience for you and your pets. For a no-obligation pre-decision support consultation and additional information contact us at (877-373-0691) or email (