Bring your BFF along in Style - Pet Carrier Essentials for Dogs Who Love to Fly

Traveling with your best furry friend can be a great way to explore the world and make memories together. But before you set off on your journey, it is important to ensure that both you and your pup are properly prepared. This post will provide all the essentials for planning a successful trip with them, from checking regulations and preparing proper identification to packing up your pet carrier and bringing comfort items for during the flight. With these tips in mind, you'll be able to bring your best friend in style!

Preparing for the Flight

Before you embark on your journey with your BFF, it’s important to check the regulations in place for traveling with pets. Different airlines have different requirements so make sure to research this ahead of time and also double check that your dog is eligible to fly based on their size, breed, age and any other factors that may affect their ability to travel safely. Additionally, most airlines will require proof of vaccinations before they will allow a pet onboard, so ensure those are up-to-date as well.

Once all the necessary documents have been gathered and checked off the list, you'll need to prepare proper identification for your pup so he or she can be easily identified during the flight if needed. This includes a collar with tags (including address/phone number), microchip information and any other forms of ID such as an airline approved carrier bag tag or rabies certificate. It's also wise to include an emergency contact person who can be reached in case something happens while you're away from home - either put their name & number on the pet's tags or bring along cards with all relevant info written down inside them just in case.

Packing the Shaya Pet Carrier

Choosing the right size carrier is a crucial step in packing your Shaya Pet Carrier. Choose between petite for your small BFFs and Tall for friends that need a little more wiggle room. Your carrier should be large enough to fit your pet comfortably, but not so large that they can move around and become unsettled during their journey. Be sure to measure your pet accurately before selecting a carrier and remember that there may be restrictions on certain sizes for some airlines. All of our original Shaya Carriers are airline compliant and fit the size and component requirements of major US and International airlines.

Once you’ve chosen the right size, it’s time to start packing! Essential items include food & water dishes, snacks/treats, toys/chew bones (to keep them entertained) and any necessary medications. Make sure to pack several extras just in case of any essentials just in case you experience delays or an unexpected overnight. While the inside of the Shaya Carrier is comfy and has a water & scratch resistant lining we always recommend placing a small blanket or one of your used t-shirts at the bottom of the bag. This provides an extra layer of comfort for your pet and helps to keep them warm when the ac is running throughout the flight.

If you want to go the extra mile - pack a few CBD treats (always check with your Vet before giving your pet any new treats or supplements) or even a calming spray just in case your pet gets anxious easily; etc... Just make sure not to overload the carrier with too many things as this may cause unnecessary stress on both you and your furry friend!


It is important to give yourself plenty of time on the day of the flight so you and your pup can prepare without feeling rushed. This includes giving yourself enough time to properly check in, handle any security procedures and get settled into your seat with your pet safely settled in their bag under the seat back in front of you.

Once you check in we recommend letting your pet take a quick bathroom break. You never know if the terminal has a pet restroom or if it's open.

When bringing supplies for your dog during their flight, make sure you don't have any liquid containers more than 3 oz. The same liquid policies apply to humans and pets!

Most airlines require pets to have their own ticket which can usually be purchased ahead of time online - ensure these details are handled prior to arriving at the airport so everything runs smoothly through security checkpoints. Most airlines only allow a specific number of pets in cabin. It's easiest to book your pet at the same time as your flight booking.

Taking Off

You should have everything you need now for an easy flight! If your BFF is getting hungry you can easily open the top window of your Shaya Carrier and grab a treat from the inside pocket or just give your BFF a gentle rub!

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