Family holidays should be for the entire family, including your four-legged friends. Here's how to include your favourite pet on your holiday.
Pointers for pets
Carry a photo of your pet in case it gets lost while you're away.
Your pet should have an ID disc with a contact phone number. If there'll be no-one at home, either have a new disc made with your cellphone or holiday number, or leave a recorded message with your contact details.
Before you leave, get your pet checked by a vet to make sure he's healthy to travel. Also make sure he's clean, groomed and free of ticks and fleas.
Rather leave your pet at home if he tends to be aggressive around other animals or people.
Be considerate of other guests and your host's property by keeping your pets under control and cleaning up after them – bad experiences mean pets won't be allowed in future.
On a long car journey, stop frequently and keep water and a bowl in the car. Ask you vet about motion-sickness medication or tranquillisers, if necessary.
When you book your holiday, tell them you'll be bringing a pet, check what the pet restrictions are and whether there are any charges. Some establishments ask for a deposit to cover any damage your pet may do. Find out where your pet will sleep and whether he should be kept on a leash. Also check whether there are dogs, cats or other animals at the destination.
Pets' packing list
Don't leave home without: Food and water bowls and bedding they're familiar with.
A familiar toy in case they're feeling insecure.
Plastic bags and a poop scoop or litter tray.
A large sheet or two to cover beds and couches or other comfy places to sleep.
A collar with ID disc and leash.