Travelling to Blogpaws must be on every sensible pet bloggers wish list – to meet, network and learn.

We believe it is important for us to share the impact that the USA and BlogPaws made on us, and our blogging future at DashKitten.

In our first post we are sharing travelling tales, first impressions, and how we coped in a country much larger than New Zealand. This post may take a while – we are writing for the readers who are following our dreams (not the goldfish of our nightmares)!

Fun while Travelling to Blogpaws

We started with fun and games at Wellington Airport security. The bears made us smile and serve a positive purpose. Visitors on their way home can give their small change to charity. It’s good to know that even the fearsome security people have a heart! 

When travelling overseas, security in airports is very tight and you may be asked to unpack a handbag or rucksack for something they don’t recognise. The staff are always serious and respectful and we did our best to be helpful and friendly.

The security check-in is a high pressure time while travelling, we took a breath then another….. With our final destination in mind our attitude was ‘Let’s do this‘ and ‘BlogPaws here we come!‘. 

TOP TIP:- Keep any cables near the top of your bag and have laptops and ‘phones ready to go through the security scanner separately. 

A photo posted by Marjorie Dawson (@whskr) on

Travelling to Blogpaws pre-flight tips

International flying is never easy, often boring, cramped and very tiring. Some things to consider ……..

  • Before you go. Pack your case, then take half the stuff out – You. Will. Not. Need. It. 
  • Pack for the climate you are visiting – not the one you are leaving. Layers are always good.
  • Mum and dad did this:- Wellington-Sydney, overnight in Oz, then Sydney-LA-Phoenix. Making the ‘long’ flight 13.5 hours = sort of boring; rather than two flights continuously – 22 hours = VERY boring. 
  • TREAT TIP Allow yourself a treat in the Duty Free on the way out, this is what gets Mum through the gates and past the long check in. Baileys! Chocolate! Magazines!
  • Allow plenty of time to check in and clear security. Queues can be literally hundreds of people long but they do move pretty fast.
  • Take a breath, pace yourself and try to take hold-ups in your stride. 
  • Each airport has its own electronic security with different hoops for travellers to jump through. Patience is key – keep going and, suddenly, you are there! In the USA and doing your best to make the Immigration staff smile at 7 a.m. (We did!)
  • Remember your ultimate goal BLOGPAWS awaits!

Travelling to BlogPaws palms

Travelling to Blogpaws Tips for the flight

  • These tips apply year in – year out OK?
  • Take earphones in case your airline doesn’t provide them.
  • The noise on a plane is surprisingly loud, so invest in quality silicone earplugs, or noise cancelling headphones, both make a big difference.
  • Try to nap and enjoy the films on offer. A movie helps pass a lot of time.
  • Drink lots of water and walk every few hours. Yes it matters.
  • The wine is pretty good to!

What happens when you stop travelling to Blogpaws!

We had a LOT of fun at Los Angeles Airport- LAX for short! We had ‘alarums and excursions’ when someone ahead of us went the way a friendly sign told him to, and set off numerous alarms 🙂 Cue the arrival of men in uniform and the sign was hastily removed. LAX is also trying hard to ensure those with connecting flights are sent on their way quickly – it’s a great idea and when the kinks are ironed out it will be awesome.

After baggage checks, security checks and immigration checks we arrived ‘for real’ in the USA and headed for our local flight to Phoenix and BlogPaws. This flight was more fun than any comedy show! There was a waiting list of over 30 people on standby, lots of people milling around, and, if you had not checked in you could lose your seat fast! One man was called, and Called and CALLED…. We reckon he was a relative of someone at American Airines as he didn’t lose his spot!

Arriving in Arizona for BlogPaws (22secs)

Travelling to Blogpaws 

We gave ourselves plenty of time to get over jetlag, adding extra days before Blogpaws. This gave us valuable ‘down time’ to recover and find our American ‘feet’.

We had time for local exploring in Scottsdale, and discovered that golf buggies are a cool way of getting to lots of local places, and, stopping by the local AT&T shop for a GoPhone Sim card. AT&T were super helpful in getting our phones online in the USA. We also discovered that Arizona is HUGE absolutely and amazingly huge and things are, sometimes, very VERY far apart!

Finally, we thought you might like to see a bit more of Arizona so here’s a mini movie. we just wish it had ‘Heat-O-Vision’ so you could feel the intense high summer heat. Maybe you can just imagine C40/F104 …. OK? Welcome to Arizona (56 secs)



*Phew* enough for one post – right? Our next post takes us right to the heart of BlogPaws and includes our giveaway of some of the swag we could not gift to the kittens at Kitty Corner!

See you then……
Miranda Kitten

Travelling to Blogpaws reporter
Miranda at Dash Kitten







42 thoughts on “Travelling from New Zealand to Blogpaws USA

  1. That sounds super exciting! BOL mum likes your tip about packing your case and taking half of it out again. But.. she says if you can take 20kg then you should take at least 19.9kg. She also likes your Duty free treat tip. Not sure we want to imagine 40oC, that’s way too hot for us *melts*.

  2. I love everything about this post! I felt like I was traveling with you and I enjoy your humor. Your helpful travel hints are much appreciated.

    It was so nice meeting you in Phoenix! I hope to see you again in Myrtle Beach! Cheers!

  3. What a fun post! I bitched about my 6 hour flight from NY to Phx but now I’m ashamed, LOL! It’s wonderful that you went to so much effort to be together with all of us AND to be an Ambassador!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  4. Before you go. Pack your case, then take half the stuff out – You. Will. Not. Need. It. — this is the single best tip. I should do this before every trip. I did a decent job packing for Arizona but needed more sweaters!

  5. I laughed, as I went to Sydney for 10 days to see my family after BlogPaws and had a fractured trip from Toronto. So unpleasant actually travelling but so great when we got to Phoenix.

  6. It sounds like you were really smart about planning for your trip! I am looking forward to reading more about BlogPaws conference. And I feel a little silly thinking it was too far away for me to attend since you made it all the way from New Zealand!

  7. “Pack your case…then take half of it out,”
    I WISH I FOLLOWED THIS! Since it was my first BlogPaws, I didn’t know what to wear and ended packing too many outfits. Next time, I’ll pack much lighter!

  8. Wow! Thanks for all these travel tips. I can relate to taking half the stuff out of your suitcase – I always pack way too much! I will keep all this in mind for BlogPaws 2017!

  9. I really want to join in for next year!! But I don’t think it’ll be possible for me to take any of my dogs.. It’ll be a +10 flight! Hope to see you next year!! Thank you for these wonderful tips! I do tend to pack wayyyy to much 😀

  10. Such a fab post and full of pawesome tips!!!

    We’re planning the P.A.’s trip to Blogpaws 2017 right now… where to send her before and after as the middle bit is already taken care of! MOL


    Basil & Co xox

  11. What an adventure! We are so glad you embarked on it. We loved both years we attended Blog Paws. Look forward to reading more 🙂

    the critters in the cottage xo

  12. Looks like lots of fun. We don’t understand why we aren’t gettin’ your emails, but da one dat brought us here today was from wordpress and said we’ve moved. Anyways, big hugs all ’round.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

  13. What a trip! I guess with the travel restrictions for pets, I’ll never get to travel as far as NZ, but maybe one day my human will go! She is so used to Arizona (and so am I) since it’s so close that we kind of take it all for granted!

  14. Very enjoyable post. Mom is so excited that 2017 BP is drivable for us, and it won’t be so dang hot. Mom was so happy that you came to BlogPaws, and we are all pleased that you made it home safely. Hope to see you for selfies tomorrow. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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