Traveling with pets

As a pet lover, I often take my dog on trips. Day-Z is especially fond of car trips.

But traveling with your pets can be stressful, and most vets recommend only flying with your animal when absolutely necessary.  So if you have to fly, here are a few tips from travel writer Loren Christie, to help ensure your pet has a good flight.

  • Buy a proper travel kennel. If your pet is traveling underneath in the baggage compartment, make sure the kennel is hard on all sides. Soft cases can on occasion allow the animal to protrude, causing injury. The kennel should also be leak-proof, secure, and according to international regulations, big enough to allow the animal to stand, turn around and lie down. For smaller pets that are carried on board, use a proper, soft-sided travel kennel with air holes.
  • Feed the pet at least four to six hours before traveling. A full stomach can cause discomfort.
  • Avoid sedating your pet and ensure they are well-exercised prior to boarding
  • Cover the bottom of the kennel with a towel or other absorbent material
  • Attach a water dish to the outside of the carrier. If the flight is delayed, this will help the flight staff give your pet a drink.
  • Do not lock the kennel.
  • Label the kennel with your name, telephone and email address. Tape it right to the kennel in more than one place.

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iPads on Planes: Be Careful What You Wish For

I love my e-reader. It’s an older version,  with no fancy add-ons, and doesn’t have wi-fi. I can’t believe that I have to turn it off when I’m on a plane.

get-attachment-1.aspxiPads on Planes: Be Careful What You Wish For, by William J McGee, originally appeared on Time.comSeptember 27, 2013.  

A partial lifting of the ban will encourage use of all electronics in airline cabins, from the moment boarding begins. And while some scientists may be O.K. with tablets and readers rather than phones because of how such transmissions may affect the cockpit, these battles shouldn’t be fought on the front lines — in airplane cabins where proven safety procedures can save lives. “I don’t have time to argue the whys and hows of the policy,” says Heather Poole, a flight attendant and author of Cruising Attitude“The press never mentions how these PEDs might affect evacuating quickly when time is critical.” Since departures and arrivals are so critical (most fatal accidents do not occur during the “cruise” portion), and since even the worst crashes have become increasingly survivable, the need for all passengers to stay alert and aware is critical. It’s not the time for one more Tweet.


The start of something wonderful! New travel agency in Nelson, BC

Today is the first day of the new website for Nelson Worldwide Travel & Adventures — a full-service travel agency in Nelson, BC. The website is pretty straight forward at this point,  but expect it to be updated quite dramatically over the next few weeks. I hope you’ll stay tuned for travel tips and resources, specials and promotions, and of course, lots of new travel destinations, reports and reviews.

I hope all my friends and website visitors will add their comments and forward to me any travel info or recommendations that they think would be worthwhile to others.

Thanks! Martha