Are you looking to travel in the coming future? Many people with anxiety or mental health issues do not travel frequently because of the added stress and complications that are inherently involved. If you sound like one of these people, then we believe that you should also be able to travel stress-free and enjoy this beautiful world. 

 

A Definitive Guide to Traveling Ethically With an ESA

Some people with mental health disorders have ESAs or emotional support animals. These animals serve to help the people who have them by relieving stress and anxiety, help calm nerves, and providing a sense of normalcy and routine to the person’s life. Traveling with emotional support animals can sometimes be difficult to accommodate due to restrictions and the inherent difficulties associated with traveling with any animal. If you decide you want to travel with an emotional support animal, then you need to do so ethically, to ensure that you, your animal, and the people around you are all safe and considered in the process. 

 

This article will serve as a guide to discuss some important aspects of traveling with an emotional support animal that you should consider and abide by if you want to do so ethically. 

Know the Rules

If you want to be ethical about how you travel with your emotional support animal, then the first things you need to be aware of are the rules and regulations regarding traveling with animals in your home country and also where you are traveling. There is nothing that will spoil your trip faster than arriving in a foreign country only to find out that they do not recognize emotional support animals in the way yours does, and you are unable to bring your pet along with you. This is easily avoided by doing some basic research online. 

Have the Necessary Paperwork

If you are planning to have a trip with your emotional support animal, and are planning to travel through a commercial airline, train service, charter bus, or public transit, then you must have the proper paperwork with you. This means that you must carry your emotional support animal letter from a mental health professional at all times. If you are unsure of how to acquire this paperwork, or if you’re qualified to get one, then you can take a free online screening test. This will allow you to save time and money when getting the proper paperwork, allowing you to begin traveling ethically with your emotional support animal much faster. There is no need to postpone your travel plans or risk having a meltdown in public if you do not have your emotional support animal with you. If you want to travel stress-free with your emotional support animal, then the only way to do this is to have the proper paperwork. There is no substitute for these legal documents. 

Prepare the Essential Things

Being prepared with necessary supplies is an essential thing to keep in mind if you want to travel ethically with your emotional support animal. This means that you need to have food on hand for your animal. Another thing to keep in mind is that your animal will eventually need to go to the bathroom during your travels. This can be a big issue depending on your mode of transportation and the length of your trip. This is one issue that you do not want to forget about. 

Be Courteous

This tip might seem obvious, but being courteous and considerate of the people around you is an important part of traveling ethically with your emotional support animal. This means that you need to be aware of your surroundings and keep your emotional support animal under your control at all times. If you do not do this then it can result in an unpleasant trip for you and all the people around you. 

 

Hopefully, this article has been helpful and informative regarding the different things that you should consider if you would like to travel ethically with your emotional support animal. These animals can be incredibly helpful to many people when traveling, but this should not be done at the expense of other people or the animal itself. If you keep in mind the different things mentioned in this article then you will be well equipped to travel with your emotional support animal no matter what the situation. Just because you suffer from a mental health disorder and require an emotional support animal does not mean that you should be unable to travel. You will be able to do so legally and ethically so long as you remember the points brought up in this article.