The UnPacking List #15: How to Be a Bunny Mom for the First Time

first time bunny mom - getting a new pet rabbit, traveling and having pets

It’s not easy to be a pet parent when you love to travel. It’s also not easy being a bunny mom for the first time – because there’s so much you need to know about these little creatures that you just might not expect!

That’s why I’m sharing some insights into my life with my rabbit, Sherlock Bunz.

In this episode, Emily Weiblen interviews me about the intricacies of pet rabbit care, as well as some insights into how that can impact your travel life. Can you travel with a bunny? And how do you find a qualified sitter? Listen for some tips!

What You’ll Learn

  • Why I broke down and finally got a pet 6 years ago even though I knew it would impact my future travel plans.
  • How I make sure my rabbit is cared for before leaving on a trip.
  • How rabbits are SO different from other pets.
  • The top things to learn about and research before becoming a rabbit parent for the first time.

Take Action

Thinking of getting a pet rabbit? Do your research now before committing.

And don’t forget to

Written by Brooke

I run the show at Her Packing List and love packing ultralight. In fact, I once traveled for 3 entire weeks with just the contents of a well-packed 12L handbag. When I'm not obsessing over luggage weight, I'm producing episodes of The UnPacking List or just snuggling with my pet rabbit, Sherlock Bunz.

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Gear We Use


Packing Cubes – Organize your luggage with the lightweight, durable and compressible Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cubes.

Backpacks + Daypacks

Pacsafe – Since they come with extra theft-resisting features, Pacsafe bags make you a more confident traveler. We especially love this bag.

Sea to Summit – Of all the Sea to Summit products, our most recommended is the fits-in-your-palm, super packable Ultra-Sil Daypack.

Personal Care

Nalgene Toiletry Bottles – These leak-free toiletry bottles and tubs come in all sizes – even super tiny, helping minimalists pack it all without bulk.

Turkish Towels – They’re thinner than most travel towels, and they actually cover your body! We can’t get enough of Turkish towels for travel.


Speakeasy Supply Co. – They make the awesome hidden pocket infinity scarves that are perfect for stashing secret cash, lip balms, and passports.

Anatomie – Anatomie travel pants come with luxury prices, but they offer many benefits for travelers. See our review of the famous Skyler pants.

Travel Resources

Booking Airfare

Dollar Flight Club – Get flight deal alerts for your preferred departure airport. There is both a free and premium version (recommended for more sweet deals). Members save on average $500 USD per flight!

Skyscanner – Skyscanner is our preferred site for searching flights. They offer unbiased search results and are free from hidden fees. You can also book your hotels and rental cars.


Airbnb – Airbnb is the best place to book out apartments around the world. Sign up using this link to get $37 USD off your first stay booking + $14 USD towards an experience booking! – Search for hotels, hostels, and apartments using this one resource. Use it for flights, car rentals, and airport taxis as well.

Hostelworld – For hostels, Hostelworld remains our number one source for booking stays. Choose from straight up hostels, budget hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Trusted Housesitters – Save money on travel accommodation by becoming a housesitter. Housesitters often have extra duties, like caring for pets and gardens.

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