Top Tips for RVing and Camping with Pets
Your furry friend means the world to you. From daily walks to couch cuddles, you can’t imagine doing anything without them. Why not bring them on your next RV camping adventure?
With more and more people getting into the RV lifestyle, bringing your pet along for the ride is a popular (and easy) choice. Did you know that 76% of RV owners also own pets? In fact, 53% of RV owners have dogs and 41% have cats – more and more RVers are bringing their furry friends on the road with them. However, it’s important to be prepared for your camping trip with your pet. It’s also key to understand the do’s and don’ts of “pet-iquette” to ensure happy camping – and happy neighbours!
Preparation is Key
Understanding your pup or feline and their unique needs will make getting on the road in your RV a lot easier. Ask yourself:
Is my pet fully up to date on vaccines?
Does my pet like running and exploring, or relaxing quietly at home?
Does my pet listen to my commands?
Is my RV comfortable for my pet?
Making sure you have plenty to keep your pet happy and occupied – in a space that feels comfortable and secure – is the first step to road trip happiness. For more tips on preparing for your pup’s first road trip,
check out this blog post from Go RVing Canada.
Camping with Multiple Pets
The more pets, the more fun – right? Yes, but it can potentially create a little more stress as you try to remember everything you need to bring. We’ve put together a handy checklist so you won’t forget the essentials for your furry friend.
Once you’ve got everything packed up for the cats and dogs, there’s one more question…
Where Can We Go?
There are plenty of pet-friendly campgrounds across Canada. With Go RVing Canada’s
handy campground finder, it’s easy to locate a campground where you want to explore. Better yet, here’s a roundup of 7 pet-friendly RV campgrounds across Canada to help you get started!
Just because a campground is pet-friendly, doesn’t mean you’re all set to jump in your RV and take off. It’s important to contact the campground to confirm any size restrictions, or additional fees for your furry friends. Once you arrive, it’s important to respect your neighbours and keep your pets on a leash, or kennelled, for their safety.
A Few Final Tips
Being prepared is the key to a successful RV camping trip with your pets. Being nice to your fellow RVers and following “pet-iquette” do’s and don’ts will help ensure you enjoy your camping trip – and your neighbours enjoy theirs.
Respect the rules of the campground. Inquire about their pet policy when reserving your campground and make sure to follow along!
Brush up on behaviour. Make sure your pets are able to follow your commands to stay safe in a new environment without disrupting your neighbours.
Clean up! This goes without saying, but just in case, be considerate and pick up any waste your pet creates.
Keep watch. If you tether or kennel your pet outside, don’t stray too far. A tethered pet is vulnerable to wild predators, or could get tangled up in their leash. Just like your kids, never leave pets unattended.
Respecting your neighbours, practicing good behaviour and mindful packing is a great start to ensuring you and your furry friends have an enjoyable time exploring the great outdoors!