Best Practices for RVing With A Pet
Whether you’re a seasoned RVer or looking at a new camper for sale, traveling the open roads with our furry companions can be a rewarding experience for everyone involved. But, before you hop in your home on wheels, a little research and planning will go the extra mile to ensure you and your beloved pets have the safest, most comfortable experience possible. From planning and packing to safety and etiquette, we will cover everything you need to know about RVing with pets.
- Plan Your Stops Based on Pet Policies
While mapping out your campground route it’s a good idea to check their website and see if pets are allowed. Most policies will be listed out on the site and include any breed restrictions, requirements, fees, leash laws, or pet waste policies. The last thing you want to happen is to show up excitedly to a RV resort and find out your fur baby isn’t welcomed.
- What to Pack
You know your pet best, is there anything he would miss while traveling around? Maybe a favorite blanket or bedding, or a favorite ball or chew toy. Don’t leave those behind! Make sure to pack plenty of food and treats, especially if they aren’t used to riding in a vehicle for long periods of time. It’s a good idea to bring a pet first aid kit, waste bags, and a leash or harness. Most campgrounds require vaccination records, so keep hardcopies in your camper.
- Safety on the Road
Just like for any family member or friend tagging along for the ride, a priority we all have is for vehicle safety. No need to put your dog or cat in a helmet, but consider bringing a crate or carrier to help prevent him from wandering around the RV while you’re driving. Also, make sure to secure any loose items or objects that could fall or slide and injure your pet during sudden stops or turns. When parked, keep your pet on a leash or inside the RV to prevent them from wandering off or getting lost. We all want to get there in one piece, right!?
- Campground Nicities
When it comes to pets we have to remember that not everyone loves our fur babies as much as we do, so to help keep the peace remember to be respectful of other campers by using proper campground etiquette and do your best to follow the park’s rules. This includes picking up after your pet, keeping them on a leash, and respecting quiet hours. Always ask permission before approaching other campers with your pet and be mindful of any allergies or sensitivities.
There will be plenty of opportunities for outdoor play and exploration for your pet at the campground; taking walks, going on hikes or runs, and letting them roam to discover new sights and smells, but while on the road, frequent stops to help them release some nervous energy and stretch their legs will help reduce road-trip anxiety and keep him happy.
RVing with pets can create some of the most memorable traveling experiences, and by following these top five best practices we know if your pets could talk, they would say “thank you!”