It’s tough to enjoy a vacation if you’re forced to leave the family pet behind. That’s why more and more people are taking their pets with them – and RVing is the most pet-friendly way to travel. These simple, but important, steps will ensure your road trip with your pet is fun and stress-free.
1. Visit the Vet.
You want make sure your pet is healthy enough for travel and that the immunizations are up to date. Get whatever medication your pet may need.
2. Do Your Research.
Always call all the campgrounds you plan to visit in advance. Confirm whether the campgrounds allow pets and if they have pet restrictions. Remember, requirements can change from what is listed online or in your campground directory.
3. Take a Test Drive.
Take your pet in the RV with you on small trips to the park. Your pet will learn to associate the RV with something fun and become more comfortable riding in the RV. But don’t take your pet somewhere and leave him alone for extended periods in the RV during this test phase.
4. Pack Your Pet’s Supplies.
Along with food and fresh water, pack some playthings, leashes, clean-up bags and comfortable bedding or a carrier. Also bring your vet’s information and a photo of your pet in case they get lost.
5. Make Plenty of Pit Stops.
Many rest areas have places designated especially for your pet – make sure to clean up after them. This is also the time to play with your pet and let them burn off some energy. During these rest stops, evaluate your pet’s health. If they look stressed or car sick, contact your veterinarian.
6. Be Courteous.
Show your appreciation to pet-friendly campgrounds and other pet-friendly businesses by respecting their rules.
7. Get Your Pet Involved.
Many RV parks and RV rallies have pet-centered activities like pet parades or dog-owner-look-alike contests. Find out what pet-friendly activities are available. If you plan on attending The Rally in Albuquerque next month, you and your pet should check out the 6th annual Dog Show: “Show Your Tricks on Route 66” where pets will compete in several creative categories.