We enjoy seeing that so many people are camping with their pets these days and those pets are always welcome here. Of course, there are some general rules of etiquette in respecting other campers and your environment but most people do a fine job of taking care of their pet on the road.
We took some advice from an RVer who frequently travels with her pets and thought we’d share some of it here:
“We always travel with our four legged fur-kids. We sure don’t want to leave them at home if we can take them with us (because we all know that no one can care for our babies better than we can). Just ask us. 😉
I always make a copy of the dog’s or cat’s current vaccination records and leave it in the RV. Some places we have camped have asked for it and a Vet certainly would if we needed medical assistance for our pet while on the road.
You also need their medicines. When you pack yours, pack theirs at the same time. Depending on refill requirements, you should try to stock extra for the time you will be gone.
You need to pack their leash, collar, a pooper-scooper, clean up bags( because we are responsible animal owners, right?). Lots of people bring their dog or cat’s bed from home. They really are just like us and want what they are used to for a good night’s sleep. Unless yours are like mine and sleep with us.
You may also want to make a sign for your RV that lets others know there is a pet onboard. You never know when a neighbor could come over to visit and accidentally open the door, letting Fido or Fido-ette out. Scared pets will run and heaven only knows how far they will go before they get tired enough to stop.
We have been to vacation areas and learned our spoiled pooch could not go with us on our sightseeing adventures. You may want to ask questions when you make your reservation. Do they have someone who can let your dog in or out, walk, and spoil in your absence? Sometimes this is offered for free and sometimes there is a charge for it. Ask if the campground allows pets to be left alone in your rig while you explore for the day. Some pets experience anxiety from being alone and can bark and disrupt the neighbors so the campground might not allow it. Either way, knowing what to expect before you get there is helpful and will make your camping trip all the much more enjoyable.”
~ Sandy, long-time RVer