One of the best things about RVing with pets is that you get to take your favorite furry friend along with you on your RV travels. RVing with pets can add a great deal of fun and enjoyment to your family’s RV experience — especially if you take the time to consider these important tips.
- Create a pet packing list that includes pet medications, vitamins, dishes, waste pick-up bags, favorite toys, brushes, leashes, collars, harnesses, and other necessities.
- Make a list of pet-friendly RV parks, campgrounds, and things to do before you leave home. You should also call ahead to confirm that any campgrounds or RV parks you plan to stay at accept your specific breed or type of pet.
- Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date, and check to be sure they are current on flea and tick treatments. Take the paperwork showing proof of your pet’s vaccinations along with you on your trip.
- Be sure that your pet’s identification tags include your cell phone number since your home address and phone won’t be of use while you are traveling.
- Secure your pet safely in a seat belt harness or pet carrier that’s been fixed in place and be sure that your pet rides in the same vehicle with you — never in a camper or trailer that is towed behind your vehicle. Safety should always be a priority when RVing with pets.
- Make regularly scheduled stops at safe places along your route for pet potty breaks, fresh air, and exercise.
- During the summer, be prepared for any potential power outages that could cause the air conditioning to go out, so take the necessary precautions before leaving your pets unattended. Many RVs come with generators that can be programmed to auto-start if the power supply shuts-off.
- If you are going to leave your pet alone in the RV for a few hours, make sure they have plenty of water, food, a place to potty (puppy training pads are good to have on hand), and proper ventilation (or air conditioning).
- Always pick up after your pet while on the road using waste pick-up bags.
- If your pet requires a specific type of formulated food, make sure you have plenty of food for the duration of your trip. This is particularly true if you plan to go RVing with pets to remote areas.
If you go RVing with your pet, don’t forget to share photos of your furry RVing family member on our Easy Escapes Facebook Page.