Traveling with Pets

Many people love and want to bring their pets with them when they travel. If you want your RV trip to include your pet, planning ahead will make the trip easier and more enjoyable for all.

pets and campingVet First

First, take your pet to the veterinarian. Explain to the vet the trip you are planning and ask if your pet needs any vaccinations or other medications before traveling. If you know your pet gets motion sickness, for example, the vet may be able to give you something that will help. The vet may also have advice about how to make the trip more comfortable for your breed of pet.

Pet Tag

Get your pet a tag that preferably has your cell phone number on it so you can be reached if your pet gets lost. If you don't have a cell phone, use your veterinarian's phone number. Even from thousands of miles away, your vet will be your best ally in this situation. Obviously, using your home number won't work.

Your Pet Needs a Space

Gather your pet's favorite things -- not only the dog/cat bed or the scratching post, or that old pillow your pet loves -- but also preferred foods, treats, toys and anything else it likes.

Choose a location, maybe a corner, in the RV that will be your pet's own space. Walking around in a "house" that's moving all of the time can be unnerving. Pets should be restrained within a car or truck, but in an RV, it is up to you if you want your pet to be able to roam around. Some pets will feel safer crated in an RV, while others can handle more freedom. Put your pet's bed and toys in the space. Have water available at all times.