Traveling in an RV is more than just an adventurous activity – for some, it is a lifestyle. And (this goes without saying) pets are an important part of that experience. The fact is if you’re a pet owner, your pet has to come along. So the only question that remains now is: what do you have to do to ensure that RVing with pets is a fun experience for you and the pet.
At the same time, it is extremely important that the safety of your pets is your utmost concern, especially if you’re someone who is living the RV life full time.
Luckily, we have some pro tips that can help ensure the safety of your pet.
Do Not Let Your Pet Roam Free in a Moving RV
When you’re traveling in an RV full time, the RV is your home. You want to let your pets roam about the whole place and be as comfortable as you. However, this is not advisable and can be one of the most dangerous things that you can do to your pet.
You might be confident about your driving skills, but accidents happen. It could something as minor as hitting the brakes suddenly that could injure your pet. You can never be sure how other drivers are paying attention. You can never be too careful when rving with pets.
The best thing to do is to make sure that your pet is secure in one place while the RV is moving. There are a few RV accessories that you can make use of to ensure that your pet stays put. When you’re stationary, you can let your pet roam free.
Keep the Essentials with You
When you’re traveling in an RV, don’t think that since you’re on the road you will buy things for your pet when you need it. Be prepared beforehand. All ill-tempered, irritated pet in a moving RV is a risk to itself as well as you.
Do Not Forget the ID tag
If you don’t have any ID on your pet yet, make sure you get one as soon as possible. You should make sure that your pet’s ID tag is on it at all times.
You will spend a lot of time at campgrounds in new places. In case your pet wanders about and you can’t find him, the ID tag might be the saving grace. Make sure that the ID tag contains details about your RV as well as your contact information so that you’re easy to find.
Carry Up-to-date Pet Information
There are many campgrounds in the US where you can be asked to share pet information by authorities. Always make sure you carry up-to-date documentation with you.
This includes your pet’s vaccination records, proof of ownership to show that your pet is really yours, and of course, a picture.
Keep Engaging Your Pet
RVing is certainly quite the adventure, but there will be times when the traveling will become tough. The terrain might not be interesting and things might feel lazy. Remember, if you’re feeling it, there is a good chance your pet is feeling it too. Engage with your pet, play with, provide it company, and make sure that both of you get some exercise.
Traveling with pets in an RV can be as fun as it sounds and the company is amazing. But your pets are your responsibility, so be prepared for what’s to come. We have been RVing with our pets for a few years now and haven’t regretted it yet.