1) Get a High Quality Pet Carrier by Avion Gear

Picking the right pet carrier is the most important decision you will make for traveling with your pet in cabin. Most airlines require that your pet carrier be within the carry-on size regulations and fit under the seat in front of you. By far one of the most economical and highest quality carriers is this one by Avion Gear. It is important to remember that this is going to be your pets home for the duration of the trip - from when you enter the airport to when you leave.

Things to look for:

  • Carrying straps / handles
  • Plush bedding
  • Quality locking zippers
  • High quality mesh that wont rip
  • Access from all sides of the carrier

2) Yes, with most airlines you can Carry on yo Small Pet 

Yes, you can bring your small pets on many of the most popular airlines, and yes you can do it without a doctors note! The best news is that now you and your best friend can experience the world together… or wherever your adventures take you.



3) Do your research some airlines don’t allow it, but most do!


Make sure you do your research. Every airline has different policies regarding if you can bring your small pet and how you need to go about letting them know. Typically there is a fee for bringing your pet with you, even if it is in your carry on. These fees range from $50 to $200 and can be paid in advance. Most airlines also have restrictions on bringing animals under the age of 8 weeks, so make sure you do your homework.


4) Pet Carrier's Must be No Larger then your Airlines Carry-on Measurements 

Yes, if you are going to bring a pet carrier on the plane with you, it must conform to the airlines carry on specifications. This ensures that it will fit under the seat in front of you. Be sure to check your airlines specifications before you arrive at the airport.


5) Let your Pet get Used to the Carrier by letting them Sleep with it

After you purchase your pet carrier make sure you let your pet get used to it. A great suggestion is to let your pet sleep in the carrier on the nights leading up to the trip. This ensures that they feel comfortable in the carrier for an extended period of time.


6) You are Going to Need Pet Food and Water - Get a Travel Dish

Depending on how long your flight is you are going to need to consider feeding your pet and providing water while underway. Another great addition to your pet carrier is a folding water / food bowl. Some pet carriers include a travel bowl so make sure you do your homework.

Liquids are always tricky at airports but most have water fountains, so make sure you bring an empty water bottle through security and fill it up for the flight. If you run out of water on the flight you can always ask the flight attendants for extra.



7) Travel Documents – Shots


If you are traveling with your pet you want to make sure they are healthy enough to travel. It’s a great idea to take them to the vet to make sure everything is okay. Also consider if you are traveling to a foreign country that all their shots are up to date and you have all travel documents required.