If you're an animal lover, there's a good chance you've considered taking your furry friend on your next road trip. RVing with pets can be a lot of fun, but it can also present some unique challenges. Here are a few tips to help make your trip as stress-free as possible for both you and your pet.
5 Tips for RVing with Pets
Melissa Garcia shares 5 helpful tips on RVing with pets.
Make Sure Your Pet is Comfortable with Traveling in a Car or RV
Traveling with a pet can be a great way to involve your furry friend in your adventures, but it's important to make sure that your pet is comfortable with traveling in a car or RV before hitting the open road. Many pets can get anxious in unfamiliar environments, and loud noises from the engine can be scary to some pets. Ask your vet about calming treats which can help make traveling a little less stressful for your pet. You may also want to ask your vet about prescribing something if your pet gets car sick.
For safety sake, always make sure your pet is buckled up before putting the car/RV in drive. If your pet is new to traveling, start off with some practice day trips to get them used to being in the car or RV.
Make Sure Your Destination or Campground is Pet Friendly
Taking your four-legged friend on vacation with you can be a great way to include the whole family in your adventure. However, before you hit the road with Fido in tow, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First and foremost, make sure your destination or campground is pet friendly. Many RV parks and campgrounds have restrictions on the types and sizes of pets that are allowed, so it's important to do your research in advance. First, make sure that the staff is friendly and welcoming to pets. Second, look for parks and campgrounds that have ample space for your dog to run and play. And finally, check to see if there are any restrictions on pets, such as quiet hours or leash laws. The good news is that there are plenty of options out there for those who want to bring their pets along on their RV adventures.
By following these simple tips, you can be sure to find a pet-friendly RV park or campground that's perfect for your next trip.
Plan Regular Stops So Your Pet Can Get Out and Exercise
Planning a road trip in your RV can be a ton of fun, but if you're bringing along your furry friend, it's important to plan ahead to make sure they're comfortable too. One of the most important things to remember is to make regular stops so your pet can stretch its legs and go potty.
Some rest stops and gas stations may offer dog parks, but for a more comprehensive list of dog-friendly destinations, download the Paw Parks app. This handy app will help you find nearby dog parks and hiking trails. Make sure your dog is on a leash at all times unless you are in an off-leash dog park and make sure you clean up after your dog.
Pack a First-aid Kit for Your Pet in Case of Emergencies
No one likes to think about their pet getting hurt, but it's always better to be prepared. That's why every responsible pet owner should have a first-aid kit on hand in case of an emergency. But what exactly should you include in your kit? Vet records are a must, of course, along with making sure your pet's vaccinations and flea and tick meds are up to date. Other items to consider are paw balm (to soothe sore paws), pet-safe bandages and gauze pet bandages that can be used to treat minor cuts and scratches, and an eye dropper. Of course, your specific needs will vary depending on the type of pet you have, so it's always best to consult with your veterinarian before putting together a kit. And don't forget to make note of the nearest animal hospital to your destination in case of an emergency. By being prepared for anything, you can ensure that both you and your pet have a safe and enjoyable trip.
Pack Necessities for Your Pet
When you're packing up for a trip, the last thing you want to do is forget something important. That's why it's always a good idea to have a to-go bag for your pet that's packed and ready to go. That way, when a last-minute opportunity comes up, you can just grab the bag and hit the road. But what should you include in your pet's travel bag?
- leash and harness: For walks and potty breaks.
- toys: To keep them entertained.
- water and food bowls: So they don't go hungry or thirsty.
- treats: For good behavior (or bribes).
- poop bags: Because nobody likes a stinky car.
With these items packed and ready to go, you can rest assured your pet will have a comfortable journey - even if it's just to the park down the street. See our Top things to bring to keep your pets happy post for a complete list of what to pack.
RVing with your pets can be a great experience, but it’s important to remember that they need just as much preparation and attention as you do. By following these tips, you can help make the trip go smoothly for everyone involved. Have you gone on an RV trip with your pet? What was your experience like? Let us know in the comments below!