Camping with your dogs and/or cats can be quite challenging, but the rewards are priceless and the moments unforgettable. They love to be in your presence just as much as you would want to have them around you, without the extra worries. It needs some extra attention and proper preparation before you are on your way to your camping destination. Here are 10 purrrfect and pawsitively practical tips for a successful trip with your 4 legged companions in tow:
1. Always check for pet friendly campgrounds first before you make a reservation.
2. Before you go anywhere, ensure to have all the necessary documentation regarding up-to-date vaccinations, and proof of ownership.
3. Ensure your pet is either ‘chipped’ or hang a clear, legible ID tag on their collar with your pet’s name, and your cell phone number in case they wonder off unnoticed.
4. Don’t forget to bring your pet essentials! Food, treats, leash, toys, litter, waste pickup baggies, grooming tools, warm sweater (?), baskets or sleep cushions, crate.
5. On the road, be sure to keep them safe and secured at all times, whether inside a motorhome, or in your towing vehicle. There are some nifty (adjustable) car seat belt harnesses available for dogs, or a proper portable cat carrier.
6. Don’t forget to have water available for them to drink, bring a travel water bottle
7. While on the road, make plenty of stops at rest areas in order to take your pet for a walk, so both of you can enjoy the fresh air and stretch your legs. Cat harnesses are also available in every pet store.
8. If you have to leave your pet unattended inside your RV for a couple of hours, this is not a problem – just be sure to keep windows and vents slightly open for air circulation, and A/C on with high temps outside. Sometimes, leaving your radio on playing music while you’re away keeps them calm and relaxed!
9. There are some nice harnesses for sale with LED lighting for late night walks in the dark.
10. Last but not least: always ensure to keep your pet under control, so no other campers will be disturbed or annoyed by your pet. By doing so, you also safeguard your own pet from getting bothered by other people’s pets.