Our four-legged friends are our forever companions, so obviously we want to take them on the road with us when we’re RVing across the country. But here are some rules for keeping Fido safe and happy for a long (or short) haul.
1. Get Daily Exercise
Just like us, our four-legged friends will need exercise. Depending on the size of your pet and RV, they may be able to get a healthy amount of running just playing a game of fetch inside.
But for larger pets, finding a local pet-friendly park is a great option—especially one where they can socialize with other traveling animals.
2. Regular Health Checkups
On the off-chance that something happens to your pet while you’re on the road, it’s important to be able to find a local veterinarian.
Smartphones are your friend here, but some research into your destination and major places along the way can help make sure your best friend has a nearby doctor were something to arise.
Your local vet may even be able to recommend a few along your route.
3. Know Pet Policies
Campgrounds tend to have policies regarding animals. Some national parks don’t allow pets on the trails at all, while other campgrounds usually require that they be on a leash when outdoors and that owners clean up after them.
Some places don’t allow pets to be left unattended, which can be a problem if you’re a park-and-explore type. There may also be weight and breed restrictions for dogs. Check out the campground’s policies before setting up camp with your pooch in tow.
4. Be Prepared for Weather
If you do plan to explore the area and leave your pet back at base, always consider the weather. In the heat of the summer, keeping your RV air conditioning on is a must when you’re not in the RV.
For pets that get anxious during thunderstorms, a loud crack of thunder in an RV can be particularly scary. Packing comfortable objects for them—like blankets and toys that remind them of home—can help them feel more at ease.
White noise machines may also keep them from barking at unfamiliar noises in the middle of the night.
5. Expect Unexpected Wildlife
No matter how domesticated they may be, your pets are still animals. When you’re traveling with them in wooded areas, you’re bound to come across some local wildlife—some as small as squirrels and raccoons, some as large as bison and moose.
Your pet’s primitive instincts may win out as they get a sniff of these creatures, making it even more important to carefully watch the RV door as you’re going in and out. And always make sure your pet’s vaccines are up-to-date and you’re treating with flea and tick prevention.
Ready to take your pet on the road with you? At Camping World, we will make sure you’ve got the right RV to fit both yours—and your furry friends’—needs.