How to Go on a Boat Trip with Your Pet

Going on a fishing or boating trip is a wonderful experience, since you get to experience the other part of the world, the sea. Whether you are kayaking or going on a commercial cruise, the view and smell of the ocean is something that is worth remembering. What if you could share this experience with your pet?

As pets love the smell of new things, taking your pet on a boat trip will give your pet experiences it will never be able to experience in your home or on walks, as the sea has smells that cannot be smelled on land. Take your pet on a boat trip with you and it will increase the bond between you and your pet and increase the happiness of your pet. Although there are many things that must be taken care of to make sure your pet has a safe boat trip, it will be all worth it when you see your pet having a fun time.

Before you take our tips below, we highly recommend that you go to a vet, so that you will be able to get insight on special needs that your pet may have, since some pets have specific needs such as medicine or equipment that is needed to have a safe boat trip. Also ask for recommendations on things to bring such as sunscreen as your pet may have a certain skin problem that may require a different type of pet sunscreen.

Tips for a Safe Boat Trip

As hinted above, we highly recommend that you bring pet sun screen on your trip because your pet will be exposed to an increased amount of sunlight when taken on a boat trip. We recommend that you ask a vet on the best type of sunscreen your pet might need, but you can also use generalized sunscreen for pets if you think your pet doesn’t have any special skin needs. If not applied, your pet may have sunburns or subliminal skin damage as pets have weaker skin due to not having as much exposure to sunlight than humans do.

We also recommend that you bring along a ramp if the boat you will be going on the trip on has ledges that may be dangerous to jump off from or if there are ladders that must be used to get to certain areas. If you are going on a commercial boat trip, then you won’t need this, but if you will be going along on your own boat, then this is highly recommended so that you won’t have to carry around your pet everywhere you go.

The next thing that we recommend that you bring is a pet life jacket in case of an emergency. This is to make sure that you won’t have to worry about your pet if there is an accident as you won’t have to worry about your pet staying afloat when trying to recover the boat if it flips over due to a strong wave. This is recommended even if your pet knows how to paddle or swim as in emergencies like your boat flipping over, your mind should be focused on saving yourself and not your pet.

The last thing that we recommend is a litter box or pad as you won’t want your cat or dog doing its business on the deck that will leave a stain and a lingering smell. Keeping a litter box or a pad will get rid of the smell and will keep everything in place. We recommend that you make sure the box or pad is attached to the floor of the boat so that it won’t flip or spill if the boat hits a strong current and moves around a lot.


Taking your pet on a boat trip will let your pet have an awesome experience, so we highly recommend that you try and take your pet once on a boat trip so that it will be able to get a view and smell of the ocean at least once in its lifetime.