Pet travel can sometimes be challenging. Here are some of the best RVing pet tips to ensure your success.
1. Get to Know Your Local Vet
Even when you are travelling, it is important to keep track of your pet’s health, whether it is routine care or an unexpected event. When you travel with pets, it is highly recommended that you have the contact information of a local veterinarian in each location you visit. In your RV, you should also keep records of the medical care your pets receive. You should also have your pet checked out by your regular veterinarian before leaving for a longer trip.
2. Pets Need Their Own Space
Even the roomiest RVs seem to shrink a bit when you’re travelling with pets. Still, you should dedicate a space to your pet. You should place this area where your pet’s bed, food, and toys are safe for him, but also where you can easily access it. It can also help you maintain a more organised living space by creating a familiar, comfortable space for your pet.
3. Adapt to Changes in Temperature
It is sometimes difficult for animals to adjust to temperature changes because of their bodies. Keep your pet well hydrated when the heat strikes, and don’t be shy about using the air conditioner on especially hot days. Your pet may benefit from a heated bed or blanket during cold weather. As a general rule, pets shouldn’t be outside for long periods of time if it’s too hot or cold for them to be comfortable.
4. Bulk food purchases
Getting out of food and having to drive hundreds of miles to the nearest store is not something anyone wants to happen. You should also buy pet food in bulk and store it in a clean, dry place inside your RV – preferably in a lidded container to prevent curious pests from getting into it.
5. Be familiar with local regulations and rules
You may not be able to let your pet run free, even though he or she probably wants to. Be aware of your surroundings when you’re out and about (no one loves pets). Get to know your local leash laws and rules, and make sure to stay within those laws. You can also find out where your pet will be welcomed by visiting local online forums and social media groups in addition to destination-specific websites.
6. Be aware of the terrain
RVing with pets means exploring with your four-legged friend. You must, however, be familiar with the terrain in order to keep your pet safe. Consider investing in bootie-style paw shoes to help your pet traverse uneven or rocky terrain. Furthermore, these are useful in extreme temperatures. Always keep your pet on a leash unless you’re certain that it’s safe and legal to do otherwise, and watch out for wildlife and other potential hazards. Moreover, you can carry your pet in a special backpack if you’re a hiker.
7. Don’t forget the essentials
When RVing with pets, it is imperative to have a leash, a collar, food and water bowls, toys, and treats on hand. When your pet will not be able to run around a campsite, a collapsible pen is a good idea, and some pet owners prefer to have soft, portable crates.
8. Travel with a crate
When it comes to RVing with pets, this is a great tip about crates. While driving, it’s wise to keep Fido confined in a crate to prevent him from getting stuck or hurt if left unsupervised. The crate can be made more comfortable and secure by adding toys and other comfort items.
9. Ensure frequent stops
In the same way you take potty breaks and stretch your legs, your pets do as well. The average veterinarian recommends stopping every 2 to 4 hours for 15 minutes. It is ideal for your pet to have stops in places where he or she can safely explore, run, and exercise.
10. Allow your pet time to adjust
It’s important to keep your pet comfortable in your RV, whether you’re on a weekend road trip or a full-timer. Your pet should be introduced to your rig before leaving, so they have time to become accustomed. To prepare them for the real adventure, spend only a few minutes indoors and go on short rides.