You’ve found the perfect job or house and are ready to relocate. Are you ready to explore a new city and potentially a new climate? Start the countdown!

There’s only one problem: how do you get your furry friend from point A to point B?

Without proper planning, this could be a potential nightmare scenario. Sometimes crucial details are overlooked when it comes to moving your pet. There are many ways to make a long distance move with a pet easy and stress-free.

Make Your Long Distance Plan Early

Planning ahead and utilizing moving tips can keep the stressors of moving with a pet to a minimum. Decide your pet’s method of transport well ahead of the move. There are three main ways on how to move with a pet.


If you decide to drive your own car instead of having it shipped the long distance to your destination, you will need to make a plan for your pet. Assign a dedicated member of the family to be the caretaker of the pet. This reassures your pet and gives them consistent reliability in a stressful situation. 

If your pet likes road trips or being in the car, this method can be enjoyable. Plan your route to know which parks, beaches, or campsites might be fun to visit, for bathroom breaks and playtime.

Bring a carrier so you can secure your pet while on the road. If pets are loose in the car, they can be a distraction and can be quite dangerous, especially if they like to roam around while the vehicle is moving.


If you are flying to your destination, research which airlines are the most pet friendly. Check on their policies and if there are fees. Some airlines will even allow small pets to fly in the cabin with you, if inside a carrier.

If you have a large pet, they might be required to fly in the plane’s cargo area. Make sure your pet’s crate meets the guidelines for air travel. Also, be aware that airlines will not transport pets during extreme weather conditions, such as severe high or low temperatures.

Third-Party Transport Service

For some people, using an agency is the best way to move long distance with their pets. You can work with an agency that can take care of the hassle for you! They can pick up your pet from your home, deal with air transport details, and deliver them to your final destination.

Contact several companies to find out the services they offer and which is the best fit for you and your pet. 

Create a Schedule and Stick to It

Pets are creatures of habit and thrive on a daily schedule. Create a plan for your pet for feeding times, bathroom breaks, and playtimes. If the pet is traveling in a crate, they will look forward to getting out and stretching their legs. 

There are many apps that can help you with pet reminders!

What Do You Need to Pack?

Create a checklist that helps you plan what to pack before the big move. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Food and fresh water
  • Treats
  • Food and Water Bowls
  • Paper towels or baby wipes
  • Toys and blankets
  • Medications
  • Poop bags

Visit The Vet Before You Go

Before traveling, you will want to make sure your pet is healthy and rabies-free and that you have a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. Airlines may have specific requirements for them to be able to fly. Another helpful tip is to ask if the vet if they have motion sickness medication or calming treats they can provide.

Get The Long Distance Move In Motion!

Once you have all of these things squared away, it’s time to hit the road! Try to create a calm environment for your pet once you arrive at your destination and don’t forget to find a new vet. We hope this guide is helpful in your journey!

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