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#1 WaveProfesora

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 12:29 PM

Hello!

 

We are taking Pivo to Spain (the Basque Country, actually) this summer, and we are struggling with the luggage/crate travel issue. We are a family of three: me, husband, and five-year old. We are living in an apartment in the Old Town of San Sebastian and will do this every summer (meaning, this is not a one-time issue). This is the first year of taking Pivo.

 

I'm good on air travel and the planning/documents (though any input is welcome). My concern is transporting his crate from baggage to the rental car at the airport and, even more importantly, getting his crate to and from our apartment to the rental car (which will be a 10 minute walk away at least). I've thought about getting one of these:

 

https://www.amazon.c...d=ATVPDKIKX0DER

 

We are also debating about one large and one small spinner suitcase and just three small spinner suitcases. I am concerned about packing and traveling with the hand cart. 

 

For those of you who have travelled abroad with dogs, how has the process gone. Is there an element to this I am missing?

 

Thanks in advance!

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 01:07 PM

I use a furniture mover like this.  You can put your suitcase on top of the crate for your walk to the rental care place.  When you check the dog in, bungee cord the furniture mover to the top of the crate.  Get some sort of handle so you can pull the crate along, and watch out for hills!

 


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#3 WaveProfesora

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 01:13 PM

How to you transport it during flight? In the suitcase? 



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Posted 20 April 2017 - 01:26 PM

I put in on top of the crate (wheels up) and uses bungee cord to secure it to the crate.

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#5 teresaserrano

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 02:10 PM

What about a crate with wheels?

https://www.hayneedl...cpetcarrier.cfm

 


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#6 WaveProfesora

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 02:41 PM

It's not approved for a Cargo flight. The Crate has to secure with metal screws.



#7 airbear

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 03:23 PM

You could look at something like a Zinger crate, get the wheels and airline travel kit (side rails). If you're going to travel a lot, it could be a good investment.


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 03:27 PM

This is what the furniture mover looks like when it's bungee corded to the top of a crate.

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#9 WaveProfesora

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 03:29 PM

Thanks, airbear. These are great options.



#10 WaveProfesora

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 03:40 PM

AirBear,

 

One more question. When you strapped the furniture mover on the crate, did you fly domestic or international? That seems like a silly detail, but my understanding is the international folks are pickier.

 

Thanks again!



#11 airbear

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 03:49 PM

If Canada to the US counts, then we were international!   :D

 

Worse case scenario, you check the furniture mover as another check in bag.

 

AirBear,

 

One more question. When you strapped the furniture mover on the crate, did you fly domestic or international? That seems like a silly detail, but my understanding is the international folks are pickier.

 

Thanks again!


Kristi
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