Planning a Pet-Friendly Staycation: the TailWings Guide


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Even though international travel has opened back up again, staycations are still an incredibly popular choice. With so much to see and do in the UK, it’s no wonder so many pet owners decide to bring their four-legged friends with them.

Read our 5-step guide to planning a pet-friendly staycation and start booking your trip today.

  1. Choose the type of staycation for you

The first step to planning your holiday is choosing what type of holiday you’re after. The UK may be a small island, but there are so many different types of breaks. From a relaxing seaside holiday to a challenging hiking holiday to a lively city break, it’s important to narrow down your choices based on the type of staycation you want.

As a pet owner, you’ll know that it’s not just your likes and dislikes that have to be considered…

When planning a staycation with pets, make sure to think about the type of holiday that they will enjoy. For example, if your pet is older they may not be up to the challenge of a hiking holiday, and a seaside break may suit them better.

  1. Find the paw-fect location

Now that you’ve decided on the type of holiday, it’s time to find the perfect location.

You’ll want to do your research and think about how you will get there, how far the journey is, and what other pet owners thought of their trip. Look at reviews and forums to gauge how pet-friendly the area is, and what activities are available for you and your pet to enjoy.

  1. Secure some pet-friendly accommodation

You’ve decided where you’ll go, now it’s time to decide where you’ll stay.

The UK has some great pet-friendly accommodation choices, so you are sure to find somewhere that both you and your pet will love. Whether you prefer to stay in a hotel, a lodge or a cottage you will want to make sure it is pet-friendly rather than just pet-tolerant.

Look at reviews from other pet owners to gain a true understanding, and make sure to check out the pet policy so you are aware of any rules such as whether pets are allowed on the furniture, or if you need to bring proof of vaccination.

  1. Plan your itinerary

Now that you’ve booked your holiday, you can start planning your activities for the trip. 

Depending on where you’ve chosen for your pet-friendly staycation, there may be tourist attractions you want to see, pet-friendly restaurants to visit with the whole family, and scenic hiking trails to undertake. Think about if there are any other nearby locations you want to visit for a day trip whilst you are away too!

  1. Make sure you have everything prepped and packed

When choosing to go on a staycation with pets, there are a few more things for you to prepare compared to if you were going alone.

Even though you are not going abroad, you are still going to a new place, so it is important to make sure your pet is microchipped and their records are up to date. Make sure you pack a collar with an up-to-date name tag, as well as a strong lead or harness.

Make a checklist of everything you will need, to avoid missing anything out whilst packing. Bring comfy bedding, plenty of pet food and treats, your pet’s favourite toys, and a portable water bottle or bowl.


We hope this has helped you to plan the perfect pet-friendly staycation! If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team who will be happy to help.