Five tips for an enjoyable and hassle-free trip with your four-legged friend!

Taking your four-legged friend on vacation - how can you best prepare for it? Here are 5 tips for stress-free travel with your dog!

Vaccinations and passport

All dogs traveling within the EU must be microchipped, have an EU pet passport and be vaccinated against rabies (at least 21 days before departure). Moreover, if you decide to travel with your dog, it is important to check in advance the requirements of both the destination country and the countries you will be traveling through with your pet. In addition to certain requirements for vaccinations, deworming, etc... certain dog breeds are not welcome in certain countries or must always be kept on a leash and wear a muzzle when in public places. Also be aware that some vaccinations must be given a few weeks before departure so it is important to schedule your visit to the vet on time.

Dog insurance

Of course, we hope everything goes well during your travels, but accidents can always happen. If your dog is not insured, it might be the ideal time to consider it. Do check in advance if your dog insurance policy also covers vet bills abroad.

Look for a dog-friendly location

Make sure your holiday is adapted to your dog’s needs. Some dogs need a lot of exercise, so keep that in mind when planning your trip. Also, check in advance which locations do or do not allow dogs. If you plan on taking your dog on an airplane trip, it is very important to plan well in advance. Airlines have all kinds of different rules and fees, so make sure you are well informed.

Packing your bags

In addition to your travel essentials, it is important to pack a few things for your dog when you travel. With this checklist, you and your buddy can leave on your trip well prepared.

  • Pet passport 
  • Leash + collar/harness
  • Food and snacks
  • Water
  • First aid kit
  • Toys
  • Poop bags
  • Dog bed/bench
  • Medication
  • (Muzzle)
  • Tick forceps
  • Feed and water bowl
  • Olly & Molly travel buddy


Even though traveling is incredibly fun, it is often also a somewhat stressful event for our dog. Dogs are creatures of habit and like regularity and routine. When their routine is disrupted, it can cause stress in some of our four-legged friends. As a dog owner, it is important to be aware of this and take it into consideration.
To avoid as much stress as possible, try to continue as many of the routines from home as possible while traveling. In addition, it can also help to bring some familiar objects with you, such as a favourite toy, a blanket, familiar food, etc. These familiar items can help calm your dog in stressful situations. 
Dietary supplements, such as Olly & Molly Travel Buddy and Olly & Molly Chill Out can also give your dog some extra support in case of anxiety or stress: