One of the biggest benefits of travelling the country in a caravan or motorhome is the ability to take our beloved pets with us. However, there are some restrictions on where you’ll be able to take your pet, so it’s worth taking the time to do some research and planning. Here are some tips on what to look for as well as other ways to prepare so everyone in the family can have an enjoyable trip on the road.
Look for Pet-Friendly Parks
Apart from ensuring that you have your pets microchip details updated, taking their paperwork along with you, and making sure your pet is up to date with their vaccinations, you should also spend some time researching pet-friendly caravan parks along the route you’re planning. Once you’ve found some pet-friendly parks in the locations you want to stay, it’s a good idea to get in touch with them to discuss their specific pet policies as these can vary from park to park. For example, some places won’t let pets inside cabins, so you need to be sure you’re comfortable leaving them outside if need be.
Once you find suitable places to stay overnight, be sure to do the right thing and follow their rules. Irresponsible dog owners who don’t pick up after them or fail to control them can cause pet-friendly parks to reconsider their policy, which is detrimental to those of us who love to travel with our pets.
Other Things to Look for Along the Route
When planning your holiday route, you should also make a list of vets in each major town you’ll be passing through in case of an emergency. Research some common issues that you might face in certain areas such as heat exhaustion or tick paralysis and their symptoms. Bring a printed medical record for your furry friend along with you just in case.
Other things you want to look out for are pet-friendly beaches and parks. It’s important to remember that many national parks, hiking trails and other local attractions are not pet friendly. Look up some local kennels or pet sitting services in the areas you plan to travel where you may not be able to take your furry friend along for the adventure.
Take Regular Breaks
Once travelling, regular breaks are just as important to your pet as they are for human travellers. Small dogs tend to need more breaks when travelling than larger dogs, although it depends on their temperament and age, of course. Stop at least every two to three hours to let your pup stretch their legs, have a bathroom break and a drink of water, and get refreshed for the next leg of the trip. When travelling, you should always ensure your pet is restrained inside the car using either a cargo barrier behind the back seat, a travel crate, or a seat belt harness. If you are planning a long trip, it is worthwhile taking them on shorter journeys beforehand to see how they handle it, and if you need to take any extra blankets, toys or other accessories you hadn’t considered.