It has always been a great quest for me to take my dog along with me when I travel. But along with this dream there has always been a fear lingering around – how well would I be able to travel taking care of my lovable companion. Last month few of my friends have camper down from Wisconsin and joined us for some warm, sunny weather in Arizona. It has been the first time that I am spending so much time with my buddies after I had completed and moved out of my college and that too taking my pooch along.

It was really interesting for all of us and the most beautiful part was that for the first time we have been able to disclose our hearts and let our strengths and fears flow out making that camp fire blaze more deeply.

My only concern whenever I travel out is about Hector – my lovable bulldog. I was always scared to drive him with me out to the unknown situations that we may face during our journey.



Travel Safely with Your Pet

Though I was smart, capable and strong, what has troubled me was taking care of Hector. I usually thought that at home I am a very good pet parent. But, when it comes to travelling with him, I may be the worst and would fail in taking best care of hector as he is really a lifeline for me. Many times because of this fear, I missed many of the interesting journeys and would later undergo a hurtful repentance about not capable of taking hector out on an adventure.

However, my friends have pushed me along the edge and helped me overcome my inner weakness. They have planned out everything for me and more interestingly knowing my weak point about Hector, they have amazingly worked out everything for the safety of my furry pal. On the other hand, I would rather say that it was definitely a pet-friendly campervan travel with lot of things to enjoy with hector. The moments I have cherished with hector and my friends, has made a new person, rather I would say that I have evolved to be a much better pet parent for my furry pal.


What Are Some Safety Tips for Traveling With A Dog?


So, if you are doddering on the edge out of the fear of travelling with your pooch and bout the health of your lovable companion when on the campervan then these simple tips are of great use.

  • Always have a car harness and a leash with you that may hold your dog when you people are tramping on the legs.
  • Take ample of dog food with you never to run of it until you finish your journey. You can even get some local food that is specially meant for doggies only.
  • There are a lot of people out there who love dogs, so there is no fear to be afraid about the harsh behavior of the people around you towards your pet when travelling with him.
  • Don’t forget to pack dog bed in case you may require when camping at outer regions.
  • If you are going for a long camp holidays, take flea and tick medications along with you. As during warm weathers flea and tick infestation is at peak. Moreover, you may not be aware whether the places you are going to visit are heavily infested with fleas and ticks or not. As the proverb goes – “Prevention is better than Cure.”
  • For instant relief of fleas and ticks, stock capstar along with you. This controls heavy flea and tick infestation.
  • If you are planning to camp near river fronts or have a plan to go swimming in ponds or lakes, take dog floating vest along with you. This ensures your pet’s safety in case you are taking him in unknown waters.


Looking back to my journey with Hector along with my friends has really helped me to overcome my fear of travelling along with my lovable companion.
With the journey being a teaching lesson to me, I have really come over my inner weakness and it has deeply instigated inert strength in me. Always having a memoir of this travel, I am moving ahead of planning some of the adventurous campervan travel with Hector in the near future.

RV travel with pets is quite popular these days. According to a 2007 survey, 57 percent of RV owners took their pets with them when they hit the road. With a little planning you and your pet can have a great time together when you head out in your RV.

Whether you will be gone for a few days or a few months, here are some tips to get your dog ready for an RV trip.

  • Take a trip to the vet. Have your vet check out our dog before you go on a trip. Make sure your dog is up-to-date on his vaccinations, especially his rabies vaccination. You will need to take his shot records with you when you travel. Although it rarely happens, you could be asked to show proof of vaccination for rabies when you cross a state line or if you are stopped by police so make sure you keep your dog’s paperwork in the glove box or somewhere so it will be easy to produce if you are stopped.
  • Make your dog travel-ready. When traveling in a car or van it’s usually best for a dog to be safely secured in a crate or harness. They keep a dog from being tossed around and injured in case of an accident. Many people also like to use these safety methods when they travel with their dog in an RV. A crate is always a good idea when you travel in case you need to contain your dog for some reason. If your dog gets motion sick you can prepare for it before you travel. Ask your vet to recommend something for the trip. Allow your dog to spend some time in the RV and get used to it when it’s not moving.
  • Collect your dog’s things. Before going on your trip you will need to gather together your dog’s things. Even dogs have to pack! Be sure to take his bed, his favorite toys, his leash (and a spare), an extra collar, and his food and water dishes. You will also need to take dog food with you. If you feed a popular dog food then you should be able to buy more as you travel but if you feed a food that’s hard to find it’s a good idea to take enough with you for the trip. Also, be sure that your dog is wearing his collar with good identification on it. It should have at least one way to contact you or your vet. If your dog is microchipped this will help, too, in case he gets lost while you are traveling.
  • Keep your dog comfortable. When traveling you should plan on stopping for a potty break about every three hours. You should be able to find nice rest areas with places designated for walking dogs. Try to keep the temperature in the RV comfortable for your dog.
  • Look for pet-friendly campgrounds. You can identify these campgrounds before you begin your trip. Some campgrounds welcome pets and some are simply more open to them. In either case, it’s best to go where your dog is wanted.
  • Keep an eye on your dog. Do watch your dog when he’s outside the RV. There are a couple of good ways for your dog to stretch his legs a little when you travel. You can purchase an x-pen or exercise pen with multiple wire panels and set it up for your dog. Dog show exhibitors often use these pens when they travel. Just clip the wire panels together and you have a small fenced area. They aren’t terribly sturdy but they allow your dog to be outside and off-leash. You can also buy a mobile wireless fence. This kind of fence works much like an underground fence but it uses radio waves and, when your dog wears the collar, it will warn him when he gets too close to the boundary. Wireless fences cost more (about $300-400) but they allow your dog to have more room to run off-leash. Remember that you should always watch your dog when he’s outside on a trip.

If you follow these suggestions then you and your dog should have a great trip together when you travel in your RV!

Article by Nancy Cope, Owner of the popular online dog boutique