Keeping Your Furbabies Safe: How To Travel In An RV With Pets
Just as you make sure that every member of your family is safe while traveling in your RV, you should also do the same with your pets! Road tripping with your pets is a great way to bond with them. What’s more, it’s a cheaper option compared to flying, and you’re able to spend more time with your beloved pet on the road.
However, it’s not as easy as loading up your furry companion in your RV and heading out on the road. You need to make sure that you’re traveling with the right essentials for your pet to make sure that they are happy and healthy.
The Essentials Checklist
Here is a quick checklist of the things that you need to bring for your pet if you’re planning an RV trip with them:
- Enough pet food for the whole trip
- Non-spill food and water bowl
- Cleaning supplies
- Medication (if needed)
- Vet records
If you’re traveling with dogs, you also need to bring their leash and collar for walks.
Four Road Rules When Traveling with Pets
Now that you have all the items you need for your pet, you also need to be aware of the road rules when traveling with your animal companion.
Road Safety First
Yes, just like with humans, pets need to be kept safe while in a moving vehicle! If you want them in a seat, there are special seatbelts designed to keep pets in place. However, some pets fare better inside a carrier cage. Whichever method you use to secure your pets, make sure that they are comfortable.
Keep Your Pet Up to Date With Their Shots
Since you are traveling with your pets, you will probably be stopping over at campgrounds, parks, or other outdoor spaces that allow pets. Most of these places will require that your pets have updated shots.
Create your itinerary ahead of time. Unless you’re planning a road trip to places that you are sure will not have any restrictions towards pets, you should call ahead and make sure that your pets are allowed to stay on the premises. Some beaches and even some parks do not allow pets.
Rest More Than You Think Is Necessary
Even if your pet is used to being on the road, there is a huge difference between a visit to the nearby dog park and a road trip! You need to keep in mind that pets need to relieve themselves more often than people and that they are not used to being inside a moving vehicle for long periods. Whenever possible, stop and rest so that your pets can relieve themselves, go for a stretch, or just walk in the fresh air for a little while. It will relax your pet and make the trip much more enjoyable!
By following these simple road rules, both you and your pet will have fun on your RV road trip. What’s more, you will ensure that your pet remains healthy and safe, and that it will be a pleasant experience for them. They’ll probably want you to take them with you every time you take the RV out for a trip!
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