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Top Things to Bring in Your RV to Keep Your Pets Happy

Melissa Garcia shares her tips on how to RV with pets and how to make their experience as enjoyable as yours.

Are you and your pet hitting the open road for a summer road trip? If so, there are some things you'll want to bring along to keep your furry friend happy and comfortable. From toys and treats to water bottles and cleaning supplies, we've got you covered with a list of the top items to bring on your pet-friendly road trip.

If you frequently travel with your dog, you may want to make a “to-go bag “ for your dog. This is sort of like a diaper bag for pets. This bag will be loaded up with all the essentials that you need to keep your furry friend happy and safe on your travels.  The purpose of this bag is to keep everything in one place so that it’s quick and easy to grab for last-minute trips that come up.

What you keep in your bag will depend on your dog's size, breed, and overall needs.

Travel Must-Haves for the Car/RV:

There are certain things you may want to have on hand to keep both you and your pet safe and happy during those long road trips to your destination. This is important whether your pets are traveling in the car with you as you tow your RV, or you’re traveling in a motorhome.

A seat belt or harness is a must-have for keeping your pet secure, and calming treats can help to ease any anxiety they may be feeling. If your pet is prone to motion sickness, you may also want to consider medication from your vet. You can also invest in a seat cover to protect your car seats from scratches, dog hair, and the occasional accident.

Don't forget the leash, poop bags, and a collapsible water bowl/water bottle for bathroom and hydration breaks. We try to keep familiar leashes and dog bowls on hand to give our pets a sense of normalcy and routine. It’s also a good idea to bring a copy of your vet records. This can be kept in the glove compartment or your dog’s to-go bag. Finally, add any medications your dog needs routinely to your to-go bag. By being prepared, you can ensure that both you and your pet have a safe and enjoyable road trip. 

Campground Essentials for Your Pet

Camping with your furry friend can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors together, but it's important to be prepared. Flea and tick medicine is a must, especially if you're camping in an area with a lot of trees or tall grass. A tie-out will also come in handy, so your pet has some freedom to move around while still staying safe. 

If you're bringing a puppy or kitten, an exercise pen can be a lifesaver. It's also a good idea to pack an outdoor picnic blanket and some water bowls. The outdoor picnic blankets are usually made from material that is easy to clean and wipe off which makes this a camping item a must. Another safety item to think about is a pet first aid kit. If you are not sure what to add to a first aid kit, ask your vet for suggestions. Bringing a pet along on an RV camping trip is a great way to include them in the family– and with these tips, you can feel more prepared and confident about taking them along!

Keeping Your Pet Cool

When the temperatures start to rise, it's essential to make sure your pet stays cool and comfortable. If you're camping in an RV with air conditioning we know it’s not a problem. But if you're spending time outdoors, there are a few things you can do to help your pet beat the heat.

One option is to use a cooling mat. These mats are filled with a gel that helps keep your pet's body temperature down. You can put them in your tent or pop-up shelter, or even in your RV if it gets too hot inside. Another option is a cooling bandana. Just soak these fabric bandanas in water and then freeze them, and they help to keep your pet's neck cool. Finally, don't forget the frozen watermelon! Pets love this summertime treat.

If you'll be spending time near water, taking a swim is a fun way to cool down for most pets. Make sure your pet is wearing a life jacket and booties to protect their paws from hot pavement or rock pathways you might encounter, and any deep or moving water. With a little planning, you can ensure that both you and your pet have a fun and safe summer adventure.

Miscellaneous Item to Bring

When packing for a camping trip in your RV, don't forget to bring along some essential items for your dog. Toys are a must to keep your pup entertained during downtime at the campsite. You may also want to bring along a dog bed so they have a comfortable place to sleep. Don't forget the towels and shampoo In case your dog gets dirty while exploring the great outdoors. And of course, you'll need to pack their food and treats. Finally, don't forget to bring along your dog's favorite blanket or familiar toy to make them feel right at home.

Bringing your pet on a road trip can be a lot of fun, but it’s important to remember to pack everything they might need. With these items in tow, both you and your furry friend can have a great time hitting the open road. Have you ever gone on an RV trip with your pet? What did you bring along to make them comfortable?

Melissa Garcia

Blogger and Traveler

Daniel and Melissa enjoy traveling around in their pop-up camper with their two dogs writing about Barkcations on their site RoamingMyPlanet. One of their favorite things to do is camping at national parks. You can follow them on Instagram and Facebook.