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According to the RVIA, 61% of America’s travel with pets, which in many households are extensions of the family. Traveling with pets may seem like a daunting task at first, however with some advance planning, and a few tips and tricks, bringing your animal family member along on your next road trip will be a breeze. We’ve compiled a list of tips to create an organized and functional environment for you and your pets.
1. The week before your trip, stock up on food, treats and medications. Some travel will take you into areas where pet stores, food and medication aren’t as readily available. This is also a good time to set aside any food bowls, toys and bedding that will be going with you in the RV.
2. Make sure all pets are up to date on vaccines and check-ups before heading out. Just as you will be meeting new people and experiencing new scenery, so will your pets. It’s always best to make sure that they are protected before leaving home. Keep a copy of current vet records on hand, in case of an emergency.
3. Keeping your pets current on any flea, tick or heartworm preventative is also a good idea, since you never know what outdoor adventures you may encounter.
4. Plan where your pet will stay in the RV. Whether it is a collapsible crate like the one found here, or a custom built addition to your rig; make sure your pet knows their safe place within the unit.
5. If you have plans to stay at a campground or RV park, make sure to check ahead for their pet policy. Some parks have restrictions on the amount of pets you can bring with you, along with the breeds that they allow. Visit Good Sam RV Travel Guide for the top pet friendly RV resorts in the U.S.
6. Never plan to leave your pet alone in the RV without proper ventilation or air conditioning. The interior of an RV can heat up quickly, even on a mild day, and leaving pets alone for too long can lead to heat stroke.
7. Make sure that your pets’ ID tags and microchips are up to date with your current contact information. While none of us would like to think that Fido or Fluffy will go missing, it is always best to plan for the worst case scenario.
8. Be courteous of the other campers around you. Pack plenty of waste cleanup bags to last your entire trip and work on training to eliminate any nuisance barking. While spending time outside of the RV, make sure to pack a tie out or hand held leash for Fido as well as a harness and leash for Fluffy.
9. Stay organized! Bringing pets along adds extra bodies within an already small space. Plan to keep all of your pets’ necessities together in one area, and take advantage of clever uses of space to save room. Low to the ground drawers turn into food bowl holders, under bed storage turns into a DIY bet crate or litter box storage, use your creativity!
10. Take advantage of the beautiful outdoors to exercise your pets often. Your pets enjoy exploring the great outdoors just as you do. Take Fido for a hike in the State Park, or let Fluffy explore the campsite, either enjoy the great outdoors together!