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7 Tips for Traveling with Pets

RVing with your furry friends can be a great way to bond with your pets and include them in the adventures. Here are 7 tips to make traveling with your pets easier.

The following article was originally published on Cafemom as part of a partnership with Go RVing. The original post can be found HERE.

Pets are a lot like children – they add a new dimension to any adventure, some parts joy, some parts challenge. And just like traveling with a toddler, bringing a pet on a road trip requires preparation. Heading out with Fido or even your cat? Consider these pro tips before you set out on the highway.

1. Get the right size crate.

Most people agree that pets should be kept inside a properly fitting crate while traveling in a moving vehicle. This keeps your pet from distracting you – especially important if you’re driving – and it protects them if you make a sudden stop. Be sure to acclimate them to the crate before your trip begins.

2. Plan your route with pet-friendly stops in mind.

Pets need breaks just like their human family members. Before your journey begins, map out your route so that it can include breaks at parks or rest stops. This way you can feed your pet outside and provide water, let them burn off energy on a quick walk, and of course, go to the bathroom.

3. Pack pet food and the usual supplies.

You already have your trip planned out – why add stops to pick up waste bags, a forgotten leash, or feeding bowls? Make a check-list of the supplies you need to care for your pet at home. You’ll need the same items on the road! Don’t forget water, and maybe a few new toys, too, to give your pet fresh entertainment options.

4. Bring your (pet) ID.

Losing a pet while traveling is bound to derail a vacation. Make sure your pet has identification on its body, with your phone number there so you can be quickly reached in case of emergency. Microchips are another identification option, as are “smart collars,” which allow you to track your dog’s location via your smartphone.

5. Remember, it’s not safe to leave a pet in a vehicle.

Even with the windows down, a car or larger vehicle can get uncomfortably hot (or cold) quickly. Perhaps the most challenging part of pet travel is that your pet needs to join you on each and every part of your adventure. Call the venues you’ll visit (restaurants, state parks and trails, museums) in advance to know if they’re pet-friendly. If you need to go somewhere without your pet, consider booking a short stay in a nearby pet daycare or hotel for them.

6. Make sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations.

Before heading out on a trip with your pets, make sure they’re up-to-date on vaccinations (and bring records of those vaccinations with you). This is especially important if you’re planning on taking advantage of a pet daycare or boarding facility. It can also be helpful if you have to make any emergency vet visits.

7. Consider an RV trip for that next pet-friendly vacation.

You don’t have to worry about finding hotels or restaurants that allow pets when you plan your vacation in an RV. On an RV trip, you can spend much of your day and evening in the great outdoors, adventuring and cooking at a campsite or RV resort. Your pet will have easy access to fresh air, open space and likely even some furry friends.

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