Traveling With Pets: Tips for Finding Pet-Friendly Places to Stay

For many pet owners, it’s unthinkable to go on vacation without their furry friend. And while more accommodations are pet-friendly, sometimes “pet-friendly” just means “pet-tolerant to a point, and only if you pay extra.”

The truth is that “pet-friendly” hotels may have size or breed restrictions, charge hefty pet fees, or restrict the number and type of rooms where pets are allowed.

Here’s what you need to know as you navigate the dark world of pet-tolerant accommodations.

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Hotels and motels

If you find a pet-friendly hotel, check their pet policy and read the fine print. If you’re not sure what you’re reading, call the specific location you’re considering and ask them their policy on pets in your room.

Be sure to ask about:

  • Fees: Many hotels charge a non-refundable pet fee of $25-$200 or more per stay.

  • Weight/breed restrictions: Some hotels may limit the size or breed of dogs they allow. And ferrets might be harder to find accommodations for.

  • Number of pets: There may be a limit on how many pets can stay in a single room.

  • Room types: Certain room configurations and types may not be available to travelers with pets.

  • Designated pet areas: Some hotels only allow pets in certain areas, such your room and the elevators.

To search for hotels that accept pets, filter by amenities, and read reviews from pet owners, check out BringFido and Go Pet Friendly.

More tools: Dog Travel Packing Checklist

Vacation Rentals

Vacation rentals can be an excellent option for pet owners. Many rentals allow pets, and if you rent an entire vacation property, you’ll likely have more space for your friend to roam – if your pet likes to do that.

When searching for pet-friendly vacation rentals, scrutinize individual property listings and policies. Some rentals may have the same sorts of restrictions outlined above, so communicate directly with the property owner or manager if something’s not clear.

Besides the pet policies, consider:

  • Amenities: Are there treats, pet beds, litter boxes, or other pet perks? These can enhance your pet's comfort and your overall experience.

  • Location: Choose a pet-friendly spot in a convenient and walkable area, away from traffic and close to parks or trails, making it easy to get your pup exercise and potty breaks.

Our Travel Secure Plan for vacation rentals comes with accidental damage protection that includes coverage for pet damage to the rental as long as pets are allowed at the location. Travel insurance and assistance services are a great way to add peace of mind when traveling with your pet.

Campgrounds and RV parks

Camping or RVing with your pet can be an incredibly rewarding experience. So many trees to check out and so many tires to sniff ... and your dog will have fun, too!

Many county, state and national parks and forests, private campgrounds, and RV parks welcome pets, but you’ll want to check out pet policies just like you would with any other type of lodging.

In particular, see if there are specific areas designated for pets, and breed or size restrictions. Additionally, always keep your pet on a leash or in a backpack or other carrier and clean up after them no matter where they go.

Sites like Pet Friendly Travel can help you find pet-friendly campgrounds and RV parks across the United States and Canada.

Also read: The 10 Best Dog-Friendly Vacations Around the World

Tips for traveling with pets

Regardless of the type of accommodation you choose, remember the following when traveling with your pet:

  1. Bring proof of vaccinations: Many accommodations require them.

  2. Pack pet essentials: Don't forget to bring your pet's food, water bowls, toys, bedding, and medications.

  3. Respect pet policies: Always follow the pet policies set by your accommodation, such as keeping your pet on a leash in designated areas and cleaning up after them.

  4. Consider your pet's comfort: While some pets may thrive on the road, others get anxious or stressed. Be mindful of your pet's needs and temperament. If your pet is stressed, consider a stress-reliever approved by your vet.

  5. Be considerate: Minimize barking by providing exercise and mental stimulation – for the dog, that is. If you leave your pet unattended for short periods, consider a crate.

  6. Research pet-friendly attractions: Look for pet-friendly restaurants, parks, and activities in the areas you'll be visiting.

More tips: Traveling with Pets By Plane, Train and Automobile

Whatever kind of pet you have, there are more places than ever for you and them to have a fun vacation together. And after you get your vacation all planned, don’t forget travel protection and assistance services from Generali Global Assistance.


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