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Travelling Supplies? (Airline carrier Question)

We are embarking on our family vacation in a few weeks and it wouldn't be a family vacation without Gucci

I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on "must have travel items" or ideas of what to buy, or what we might need to make the trip easier. Or know of any online pet supply stores that sell travel stuff for pooches?

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I think what we use most often is the little foldable bowls for food and water. I know a lot of people say to take your own water with you but it gets hot in teh car and so we tend to buy bottle water at the gas stations for me and the girls and I share They get so excited for that little foldable bowl when we stop, it is pretty darn cute. I just keep one in my purse when we travel.

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Thanks!

I ordered some today.

I also ordered a backpack carrier from ebay...not sure how it is going to work

I have a medium size Sherpa bag, but I went to Northwest Airlines website today and it is an inch too big in height and width!!!! Should I worry??? Do they measure them? I mean, it is a soft sided carrier, so it would give an inch.......but I don't want to run into any problems.

Has anyone used a carrier a tad bit bigger than regulations?

ugh.

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I always keep extra towels, a collar with tag, and a first aide kit in my car.

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If your Sherpa bag will not fit under the seat, it could be a problem. Some of the flight attendants are very good and some are not. Most of the seats are a standard size. Smarty's Sherpa is a med. and we never had and issue with Delta or AirTran. You can not carry her water on the flight, in fact do not feed or give just a taste of water 4 hours before the flight. I pack food in individual ziplock bags for the number of days we will be gone, unless I intend to buy when I get there. I always have wipes in my purse just in case of emergency. Remember, your Sherpa is counted as your carry on luggage. Have you bought her ticket? I get Smarty's when I get mine to make sure they know she is traveling. On most airlines you do not pay for them until you check in. Other than that I take her small food and water bowls and a towel or two. I guess what you pack is according to where you are going.
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Thanks ladies!

I'm hoping the Sherpa Medium will be fine. Do they really weigh the pet and kennel to see if it is under 15 lbs? I guess I can't pack anything in the Sherpa if that is the case...

I have to reserve her a spot tomorrow! I hope everything goes smoothly. I'm unsure if I need a health certificate or not, but I'm going to get one anyways just to be on the safe side.

I appreciate all the suggestions! I'm jotting them down!

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I havent flown with my havanese but I never had anything weighed with the maltese. I think it would be more about length and height anyway. You should be safe with it being soft. The issue just depends on getting it below the seat, especially when you have non dog friendly flight attendents (I have encountered one harsh one!)

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Kara -

Don't forget a couple of toys and chewy's for Gucci and have a great trip!
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Kara, make sure you don't get a window seat. The space under the seats is smaller on the ends of the plane. If you don't want a middle seat, get an aisle seat. My Sherpa is also the medium and one of the airlines (American?) had it listed that it needed to be a 1/2" smaller also, but I got the aisle seat and it worked out fine.

I love the travel bowl suggestion and do the same. You can buy bottled water for it after you get through Security.

I also put a disposable potty pad under the Sherpa pad (just in case of an emergency vomit or urination accident). I put a couple of Ziplock baggies in the side pocket (emergency poop collector). And, I always put in a small package (refill that is partially used) of doggie wet wipes (for emergency poop or puke clean up). Throw one more disposable potty pad into the side pocket and you're all set. Those items will carry you through any emergency (hopefully).
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Hi Kara,We just came back from a trip, so I should know some stuff! I had a check off sheet of stuff to bring. We did not fly, car trip for 8 hours. I would always have water and a dish, (Casper likes to drink from his frisbee). Treats to feed, we have some Innova baked treats we call cookies. When we got to a strange place Casper was nervous, so I pulled out his favorite stuffed baby and a fossil and he settled right in. We never go out without our poo kit-we have a small squirt bottle and doggie wipes. An extra leash is good idea. I always take his anxiety medicine, don't usually give it to him, he always surprises me with his good behavior.

Watch what Gucci eats, no unknown treats. They seem to get a upset stomach traveling so stay with feeding what you know works.

Check out this picture of this doggyride we took it with us, can hook on the back of your bikes or you can use it has a stroller.

If you have not had Gucci in a carry bag, you should let her get use to it before the trip. I take Casper in one everywhere, so he is really good in the bag. We did use it this trip in some of the stores we went into my husband was surprised at how good he was in the bag.

I hope you guys have a great vacation, take lots of pictures

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