There’s no reason you have to leave your furry friends behind when you go away, and there are plenty of places to go camping with pets. Just knowing that they’re safe and happy with you means you have one less thing to worry about.
Of course, a little extra preparation and planning will make your holiday with your pet easier on everyone.
Does Your Pet Really Want to Go with You?
Be sure your pet is in good health and happy to tag along with you. Most cats prefer to stay home, but there are some who love going on holiday and adapt well to their new surroundings.
Never take your pet with you if it’ll cause them distress, especially older pets or pets with health conditions. It’s best to leave them with family, friends or a professional boarding service. Everyone, including your pet, will be much happier.
Packing for Your Pet
Ensure your pet has their familiar bedding, toys, and anything else you think will help be more comfortable. Pack bowls, plenty of food and water, and maybe some treats to keep them happy.
Dogs will need a leash and a longer rope or chain if you need to tie them up at the campsite. All caravan parks require dogs to be restrained. A harness can also be a more comfortable way to restrain them during travel and at the campsite or caravan park.
Depending on where you’re headed, flea and tick treatments, a dog life jacket and pet shampoo might also be handy. Don’t forget those all-important poop bags for quick clean ups. For cats, a litter tray and plenty of clean kitty litter makes life more pleasant for everyone.
Pet Friendly Camping
Keep in mind that pets are not allowed in any national parks, and you’ll need to check that your accommodation is pet-friendly.
More and more caravan parks are becoming pet friendly these days in response the increasing number of people travelling with pets, but do check when you make your booking.
Remember Other Campers
For safety and good manners, your dog should respond immediately to your voice commands. If they’re not, get some obedience training before you leave. You don’t want your dog bothering others with their bad behaviour or constant barking.
If you’re travelling with your cat, teach it to walk on a leash with a harness, and have a portable cat run for safe downtime.
At PMX Campers, we’re passionate about camping and the great outdoors, and we have lots of useful tips for pet friendly camping. Call us on 08 9455 1454 to speak to one of our team members, or contact us online for advice and to enquire about our range of camper trailers and caravans to suit any budget.