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Tips for Travelling to Kelowna Pet Friendly Hotels in Winter

November 07, 2015

Pet friendly hotel travel to Kelowna

Travelling to Kelowna pet friendly hotels in winter requires careful planning to ensure the trip goes as smoothly as possible.

People with pets like to visit the Okanagan in winter for many reasons. Some come to play outdoors in our snowy white wonderland, while others book stays at Kelowna pet friendly hotels so they can visit friends and family over the holidays.

Travelling by road or by air presents certain challenges when pets are accompanying you. It’s a good idea to plan accordingly to keep your beloved canine companion comfortable throughout the duration of your trip.


Winter Travel Survival Kit for Pets

No matter which mode of travel you’re using, it’s a good idea to be prepared for setbacks and delays caused by winter weather. Here’s a list of handy items you should consider bringing with you in the event your travel plans hit a roadblock:

  • Extra blankets and towels
  • Several days' worth of dry kibble
  • Plenty of water
  • Collapsible dog bowl
  • First-aid kit and medications
  • Copy of medical records
  • Extra collar and leash


Travelling by Air

Flying with a dog offers the advantage of getting where you need to go quickly. For people with smaller pets, many airlines such as Air Canada and WestJet offer the added convenience of in-cabin transportation. In order to utilize this service, your pet must meet size requirements and be transported in a carrier that’s:

  • Soft-sided
  • Airline-approved
  • Leak-proof
  • Secure
  • Well-ventilated

Many airlines also transport animals in their checked baggage compartment. However, it’s important to note there are a number of restrictions that can apply:

  • The number of pets accepted in the baggage compartment is limited by aircraft type
  • Some airlines don’t accept pets during busy holiday periods
  • You’re usually required to arrive at the airport earlier than the standard check-in time
  • If temperatures drop too low, pets won’t be permitted to travel on some airlines

For your pet's comfort, it’s recommended that you consider booking nonstop flights, and if possible, arrange midday flights in the winter.


Travelling by Road

It’s one thing to make a quick run to the grocery store with Fido in the backseat. It’s something completely different to drive halfway across the province to stay at one of the Kelowna pet friendly hotels in the area.

If you’re one of those ‘lucky’ dog owners, your four-legged buddy will likely curl up and sleep most of the way. Other dogs can get a little nervous while travelling, so it requires a little extra care to keep them calm.

Dogs are creatures of habit, and they also happen to have really good sniffers. Bringing your dog’s blanket or bed (covered in their familiar scent) along for the ride can do wonders for making them feel secure and more relaxed.

Some other helpful tips include:

  • Exercising them thoroughly before you leave
  • Making pit stops along the way so they can relieve themselves
  • Offering them lots of water

And whether you’re celebrating the holidays at home, or at a Kelowna hotel, be sure to read our post: Holiday Safety Tips for Pets from Your Kelowna Pet Friendly Hotels.


Do you want to book a stay at one of the Kelowna pet friendly hotels in the area? BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites has a series of rooms that are dedicated for owners travelling with their dogs. Call us to learn more: 1-888-860-1212

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