Some people will try to tell you that travel and animals just don’t mix, but the reality is that well over half of all RV owners travel with their pets. In fact, being able to bring beloved pets along is exactly what appeals to so many folks about traveling in an RV. The truth is, pets and people are far similar than they appear. Just like people, some animals will quickly adapt to living in an RV, while others will naturally take a little longer to adjust. Just remember, your pets want to stay close to you just as badly as you don’t want to leave them behind - so don’t! Take your fur babies on the open road with you and discover why RVing with pets is a ball!
Pets Let You Enjoy The Journey
Traveling with pets encourages you to make stops in areas that you might otherwise drive right through. Because animals need frequent potty breaks, you might discover a few hidden small town gems that you never knew existed before. RVing with pets forces you to take the time to enjoy the journey, rather than head straight for the destination. Along your way, you’ll also want to make sure your pet gets enough exercise. Give them time to run, fetch, sniff, and do what animals do! Taking them on walks encourages you to soak up the scenery and stay active while you do it. Use a dog park finder app and check out great places for your rambunctious pet to run freely and release some energy. No matter where your travels take you, bringing a pet along reminds you to stop and smell the roses!
Pets Are the Life of the Party
Any animal lover can tell you that every pet has their own unique personality, and this helps to make life on the road much more entertaining and enjoyable. When RVing, make sure to bring along a few toys for your animal to keep them stimulated. Chew treats can also be a good way to keep your pets busy and they can help keep their teeth healthier too! If your furry friend has a particularly good sniffer, try hiding some treats around the RV and have a few laughs watching them find the tasty snacks. Because pets all have their own individual personalities, be prepared for some unpredictable behavior on the road. When your animal is experiencing so many new places and different people, they may have reactions that differ from how they normally behave at home. Just remember to stay mindful of your pets during the journey and be flexible during your misadventures, because they just might become the most memorable parts of your journey!
Pets Make the Road Feel More Like Home
Life on the road can get a little hectic when things are constantly changing around you, but traveling with a pet can help you develop a routine and make the open road feel a lot more like home. Animals like to have a schedule they can count on. It lessens their anxiety when they have an idea of what to expect, so try to feed and exercise your pets around the same time everyday. In addition to calming your pet, this will also help you best pinpoint when bathroom breaks are needed. If your pet has one, bring their bed along to keep the familiar smell of home around. But remember, RVing during chilly nights is a whole lot cozier snuggled up beside a warm animal, so feel free to invite them up into your bed if you’re ever feeling cold!
Pets Are Great Travel Buddies
It’s hard to really feel lonely when you’re RVing with a pet. Animals make great companions and they are just as eager and excited for adventure as you are. Unfortunately, this can sometimes mean your animal might go off exploring without you, so it’s important that you get your pet microchipped (you should do this even if you’re not planning on traveling with them) and make sure they are always wearing the proper ID tags. When you’re traveling, keep your pet in the same vehicle as you because it can be traumatizing for them to be alone when the rig is moving. Pet seat belts, harnesses, or travel carriers can be a good solution to avoid injuries when you’re on the road with your four-legged friend. If you do ever have to leave your pet alone, keep a kennel in your RV and put your pet inside with the blinds down and a radio on. This will help your animal feel more secure and less stressed. Don’t keep your pet in your RV if you are worried it could become too hot or too cold. Wireless temperature monitor devices can be installed to let you check the temperature of your rig remotely and ensure your pet is comfortable.
Pets Help You Feel Safer
Pets can help you feel more protected on the road, especially if you are a solo traveler. Animals can warn you of dangers and potential threats before they happen, giving you peace of mind and a sense of safety. Larger breeds can also discourage intruders or thieves from snooping around your rig. Make sure that you stay in places that are pet-friendly to ensure that your loyal guard dog can come along. Check with campgrounds to make sure all pets are allowed. Some campground have breed restrictions, weight restrictions, or limitations on how many pets you can have, so be aware of those and avoid campgrounds that support breed-specific bans.
It is important to understand good “petiquette” before taking your animals on the open road because you don’t want to have a negative impact on other RVers who travel with their pets. Be a good representative of the pet traveling community by following these basic guidelines.
- Obey Leash Laws: If your pet is supposed to be on a leash, don’t let them run free.
- Pick Up After Your Pet: Carry plenty of poo bags with you, and use them!
- Don’t Disturb Your Neighbors: Keep your pet from barking constantly and disrupting nearby campers.
- Be Polite and Proactive: If you have neighbors around you, let them know that they can talk with you about anything your pet is doing to bother them. When you love your pet, it can be easy to overlook things that may annoy non-pet owners.
What to Pack for Your Pet
After you pack up all your belongings, don’t forget to pack a bag for your pet! Bring along bedding, a kennel, toys, food and water dishes, poo bags, a leash, and these other necessities for a smooth and successful journey.
Travel ID Tags: It won’t help much when you’re on the road if your pet’s ID tags have your home address and phone number. Make sure they have travel tags that include a working cell phone number and perhaps your RV license plate number.
Food & Treats: Select a brand of food that is readily available at a range of locations so your pet can keep a consistent diet. Bring enough food if you are camping remotely. And since it wouldn't be good to feed these S'moreos to your pet (even though your pet would love them!), bring along some of his favorite (vet approved!) treats.
Pet Gate: Keep your animal from escaping whenever you enter or exit your rig with one of these simple contraptions.
Medications: Bring along all your pet’s medication and get the numbers of local vets just in case of emergencies. Be aware of potential heart worm problems and flea/tick vaccines depending on where you’re traveling.
Health/Vet Records: You may need proof of vaccinations and health records to access some campgrounds, dog parks, or kennel services. Put these records right along with your personal documents for safe keeping.
If you bring your pets RVing, many of your best memories on the road will center around your animals. While there are challenges to traveling with a pet, whatever accommodations or changes you need to make are going to be worth it. Skip the dreaded teary goodbye and take your pet RVing with you!
Do you go RVing with your pets? If so, what are some of your favorite pet-friendly destinations? How has traveling with your pets made RVing even more special? Let us know in the Comments below!