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Taking your pet on holiday with you can be easy if you do a little research before you go. Plus, when you put plans in place for getting there and accommodating your pet accordingly, you’re all set for a holiday that everyone will enjoy.


Your dog is a member of your family, so it’s natural to want to take them on holiday with you too. A road trip to one of our holiday parks can be the perfect retreat for you and your furry best mate. Plus, taking your pet with you means you can avoid the cost of a boarding kennels, not to mention any separation anxiety they might suffer. Just think of the wonderful time your pet will have checking out all the new sights and smells!

Remember – taking a pet on holiday can impact every part of your trip, including:

  • how you travel
  • when you travel
  • where you stay
  • what you do on the holiday


If you’re planning your first holiday with your pet in tow, follow our 12 top tips so you can all enjoy the holiday and return home relaxed and ready to prepare your next location.

#9 Leaving your pet alone on holidays isn’t the same as leaving them at home


Even if your pet is used to being left at home all day while you go to work, they may not be so accommodating (pun intended) on holiday. Leaving your pet alone in a new location isn’t the same as being at home. The new sights, smells and (in some cases) being tied up may cause your pet stress.

If you are allowed to leave your pet unattended within your holiday accommodation, consider how long you are going to be out for and how safe the location is. If you’re leaving your pet alone, take them for a long walk before you go so they hopefully sleep part of the time.

If you’re going away in summer, it’s also important to ensure your pet can stay cool. On a hot day, they’ll need full shade and water bowls that won’t spill. If you’re unsure if there’s enough shade available at your destination, take your own with you.

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This tip was provided by our mates at HIF, providers of health insurance AND pet insurance. HIF is offering Family Parks members two special offers on insurance.

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