A Travel Tip: Flying with your Pet

Taking over the family restroom

Taking over the family restroom

I was going through some old photos tonight and came across photos I took of Tyler during our first full day together. We had a very early start that day, flying from Phoenix to Dayton with a layover in Atlanta.

Anything good in that bag?

Anything good in that bag?

I was lucky that Tyler was so small–he was able to fly in a pet carrier underneath the seat in front of me. I was able to walk him before we got on the plane in Phoenix. When we got to Atlanta, we had a little over an hour until we would board our next plane. And because we were in the gate area, I was not permitted to take Tyler out of his carrier.

Chowing down on some kibble! (He's so skinny!)

Chowing down on some kibble! (He’s so skinny!)

Here’s the tip: We found a “family restroom” and locked ourselves in for about 45 minutes! If you don’t know, a “family restroom” is a single potty, unisex bathroom containing a diaper changing table where a mom or dad traveling with children can more easily “take care of business” than in the regular stalls in the larger restrooms.

In Atlanta, there was a family restroom in between each men’s/women’s room.

Playtime!

Playtime!

Behind the locked door of the family restroom, I was able to let Tyler out of his bag so he could stretch his legs, eat some lunch, and pee on the pee pads I brought with us. We had a lovely time playing with his toy and having a few cuddles. When we were done, the pee pad went into the trash, and Tyler went back in his bag.

The family restroom was an absolute lifesaver!