20 Must-Haves When RVing With Your Dog
There’s nothing like taking your fluffy best friend with you on an RV trip. Every adventure is better with your best buddy! If you’re planning on RVing with your dog, there are some basic essentials that you should make sure you take along to keep your pup happy and healthy along the way.
Keeping your pup safe is paramount. Not only will they be hanging out in a moving vehicle, but there will most likely be opportunities for them to get lost or sick. To keep your dog as safe as possible, consider taking the following items along with you:
- Dog crate: Keep him contained when you need to step out.
- Doggy seatbelt harness: Keep him safe and strapped in when moving.
- Safety/ID Tag: Make sure it has your personal details on it.
- Vet’s details: Carry your own information or those in the area in which you’re traveling.
- First-aid stuff: Make sure you can treat wounds and doggy illness.
- Ramps: Make it easier for your dog to get in and out of the RV.
Your pooch needs to be comfy too! RVing with your dog is no fun if your pup is cranking and irritable. Take these comfort items with you to keep him feeling warm and fuzzy inside and out:
- Dog bed: Give him a comfy, warm spot of his own.
- Blanket: He’ll stay warm when the temperature drops.
- Your dog’s brush: Keep him pretty and give him some attention.
Food & water
Of course, your pet needs to eat and drink too! When packing food for your dog, think about the entire day. It’s easy to forget those teeth cleaning treats you give at bedtime and keep in the freezer. Make sure you have:
- Dog food: Bring a large enough supply for your trip.
- Fresh water: He’ll need a constant supply to quench his thirst.
- Travel bowls: These take up very little space.
- Treats: Reward him when he’s a good boy or if needs some security.
- Medicine: Don’t forget any permanent or temporary doggy meds you may need on the road.
Pups need stimulation and exercise on a daily basis. Don’t forget to include some playtime in every day that you are on the road RVing with your dog.
- Leash: You’ll need one at many campgrounds, on trails, or when you’ve stopped in a walkable spot.
- Your pup’s toys: Keep him busy while you’re driving.
- Interactive toy: Consider getting a puzzle toy to keep his mind active.
Cleaning your pet
Remember, you’ll still need to clean up after your pup. In some places this is law, so you can never be too careful. It’s a good idea to carry:
- Waste bags: Cleaning up after your pet is part of being a pet owner. Bring biodegradable waste bags like these and discard them in the next trash can you see (not along the trail or around the campground).
- Flea & Tick shampoo: Carry some flea & tick shampoo in case your pup picks up something along the way.
- An outdoor shower: You’ll want an outdoor showerhead to clean off your dirty pup before allowing him back in the RV.
Don’t forget break time when RVing with your dog
Don’t forget to stop for regular bathroom breaks! You may normally be able to hold it for several hours, but the sensation of moving and extra vibration in the RV or truck might change that. You can use a tool like RV Trip Wizard to find Rest Areas ahead of time so you can plan for those stops in advance.
One thing we haven’t mentioned on this list is your time. Part of having your pup with you on the road is bonding! Take time every day to play with your dog—not only are you making his day, but you’re also helping him get some exercise after being cooped up in a vehicle all day.
RVing with your dog can be an amazing, fulfilling experience. Being prepared is the most important thing, for your safety and sanity, and theirs! Happy RVing!
Mike Powell is a dog-lover. He also loves traveling and has some of his dogs with him on the road. Mike writes about dogs on his blog, https://www.dogembassy.com, and shares some tips on how to take care of them.