It’s hard (and sometimes impossible) to leave the furry members of your family at home. And why should you? With pet-friendly destinations all over the world and protocol in place for making sure pets have a comfortable flight, traveling with pets is definitely possible, even if it’s not always easy! Here are some things to keep in mind to keep your pets happy and yourself sane when you’re on the road.

Some pets need passports for international travel.

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That’s right, even pets have to pose for passport photos. The types of documents needed vary by pet type and country (and some countries have quarantine policies), so make sure to do some research before booking Fido’s tickets for his world tour. For more information, visit this comprehensive list.

Remind your animal to play nice while you’re going through security.

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Cameron Cross / Shutterstock

If your furry friend is traveling with you in the cabin of the airplane, you’ll both have to pass through security. Once you get to security, you’ll need to take your pet out of its carrier and present it to the TSA agents. The pet carrier will most likely have to pass through the baggage scanner while you and your pet stroll through the upright metal detector. Also, regulations for flying with pets vary from airline to airline, so make sure all is well before trying to board the plane!

Choose a pet-friendly destination.

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Jacob Schroeter / Shutterstock

Nothing’s worse than being surrounded by people who don’t appreciate your fur baby as much as you do. Avoid potential awkwardness by booking pet-friendly hotels and resorts. Luckily, there are plenty of international options that welcome pets of all kinds! Another thing to keep in mind is that there are also some cities that are more accommodating to certain types of pets than others. For example, New Yorkers and Parisians tend to own and love dogs, which makes these two cities a prime place to take your four-legged friend. There are dog parks for your baby to stretch his or her legs, and many businesses and restaurants (outside) welcome dogs. Choosing the right destination for you and your pet can mean the difference between a relaxing vacation and a stressful ordeal.

Go with the flow.

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Sara Borbala Balogh / Shutterstock

You know your pet’s personality better than anyone. To make the experience enjoyable for both of you, make sure you have everything your pet needs (special food, toys, scents, etc.) to keep him or her calm and happy on various modes of transportation or out and about. If you can tell that your pet is getting irritated or tired, change locations or activities. This will keep both of you happy and in a vacation mood.

Do you travel frequently with your pets? What are some things you’ve learned along the way? Let us know in the comments section!

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