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RV Travel with Your Dog

Now that summer is here, your plans may include hitting the open road in your RV for an adventure and if you’re a dog owner, you’ll want to bring them along for the ride. We’ve got some tips that will help you make RV travel with your dog as stress-free as possible.





One of the first things you should do is prepare a list of all the items your dog will need for your road trip. Make sure you have enough of all the basics: food, water, treats, and any medications that your dog may take. Next, consider all the other supplies you will need, such as toys, disposable bags for waste, their leash, and a crate or carrier. This soft-sided portable dog crate is a great way to keep your pup comfortable and safe on the road. The crate is ventilated, collapses for easy storage, and features a built-in toy or treat pouch. You may want to consider purchasing a travel water bowl like this 3-quart model instead of your dog’s usual bowl. This travel water bowl avoids spills while your RV is in motion.


Another important item to pack for the road is a first aid kit for your pup. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has a comprehensive list of the items to put in your first aid kit. The kit should include items such as:


  • Cotton balls

  • Gauze and adhesive tape

  • Tweezers

  • Disposable gloves

  • Antibiotic ointment

  • Saline eye solution

  • Towels

  • Styptic powder

An essential thing to do before leaving is outfitting your dog with proper identification or a microchip in the event they get lost on your trip. It is also a good idea to pack your dog’s current medical records and proof of ownership, including a selfie of you and your furry best friend. You will also want to ensure your dog is on a flea and tick treatment.


Before leaving on your trip, introduce your pup to the RV. You can utilize treats or toys to help them get comfortable with it. Once you are on the road, do not let your dog roam free throughout your RV. This could be very dangerous in the event of an accident. Make sure you incorporate frequent stops on your trip to give your dog a brief break from the RV. Once you reach your destination, give your dog plenty of time to explore the area and take them on several walks.


Making sure you have the right supplies and safety measures in order will help make for a memorable road trip for both you and your pup.


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