Embarking on an RV adventure requires a fair amount of thoughtful planning. When you're looking to travel with your dog, however, there are some additional preparations you'll need to make. RV camping with your canine companion can be a wonderful experience for both of you, but if this is your first time bringing your dog along with you on an RV excursion, there are some things you'll want to think about ahead of time.
Health and Safety First
While you're camping, your dog will probably have more exposure to nature and wildlife than he or she would back at home. This means it's more important than ever to make sure that your dog is up-to-date on all recommended vaccines. Check with your veterinarian before your trip to see if your dog is due for any vaccines (or will be due while you're away). This is also a good time to make sure your dog is on a reliable flea and tick preventative.
Pack All the Right Gear
Since space is limited in an RV, you certainly don't want to over pack. Fortunately, there isn't very much your dog will need for an RV trip. At the very least, be sure to pack your dog's leash and collar--and make sure your pet's collar has an updated tag with your contact information and proof of rabies vaccination. In addition, you'll want to bring a bed for your dog to sleep on, as well as non-spill food and water bowls. If your pet takes any medications, be sure that you have the necessary supply from your vet before you embark.
Dogs can get a little messy when exploring the great outdoors, so you may also want to consider bringing along a package of baby wipes and plenty of towels for easy clean-up.
Find a Pet-Friendly Campground
While many campgrounds are pet-friendly, you should never assume you can bring your dog unless you've explicitly checked with the campground ahead of time. Some do not permit pets at all, whereas others may require an additional deposit or nightly fee. Make sure you're aware of your campground's pet policies; for example, your dog may need to be on a leash at all times when outside of your RV. Ideally, you'll want to find an RV campground that is designed with your dog in mind. Some may even have dedicated dog play areas and clean-up stations for your convenience.
Going on an RV camping trip with your pup can be a very special experience. Just be sure to keep these tips in mind as you prepare so you can both have the most enjoyable trip possible!