RVing And Camping with Pets: The Important Things To Consider


Whether you own an RV or renting one, you need to know how to maximize the benefits of RV camping. Going on an RV trip will not be complete without bringing your furry friends. However, some camping sites may not allow campers to bring pets. It can be quite a problem, especially if you have already made plans. Before you consider going on RV camping with your pets, be sure to find out about the campsites’ rules and regulations. 

Do campsites allow pets?

If you have decided to go on full-time RVing or camping, you need to make sure that you understand the policy of campsites. When living full time in an RV, some pets are not considered a deterrent to the kind of lifestyle you want. Animals have the ability to adapt to any circumstances but you still have to take their wants and needs into account. 

When you need to look after your pets, it cannot be denied that the situation can become a bit complicated. However, this does not necessarily mean that they are already a barrier to having an enjoyable RV lifestyle. There are certain things you have to consider when deciding whether or not keeping your dogs or cats is a good idea when living in an RV. 

There are questions you need to ask yourself that will help you decide:

  • Where and how far will you be traveling?
  • What is the duration of your camping trip?
  • Is there enough space available for your pets?
  • Do you comply with the requirements in keeping pets?
  • What is the individual character of your pet?
  • What is the financial cost of keeping the pets?
  • Are you aware of the legal requirements for the areas where you will be keeping your pets?

By answering these questions, you will gain a full understanding of whether or not you will keep pets when going on an RV camping trip. Your trip can either be relaxed or miserable depending on the behavior of your pet. 

Is it possible to have a relaxing vacation with your pets?

While a full-time RV lifestyle with pets may not be appealing, this does not mean that your pets should be totally banned from going on vacation with you. So long as you bring your pets for a shorter period of time, the idea of keeping them while on vacation is fine. There are some concerns that may get in the way, and you need to be aware of these obstacles. 

Your pets can get nervous when traveling so you need to know how to deal with their behavior. When you have your own RV, you can take a vacation anytime you want. It is also much easier for you to bring your pet when camping in an RV than staying in a hotel or other types of accommodation. An RV can be your home away from home because it provides the same comfort without worrying whether or not your pet is welcome. It is advantageous for pet owners as they do not have to keep on looking for a pet-friendly place. 

The benefits of bringing pets on your RV adventures

While having pets on your RV trip has its own set of challenges, there are still numerous benefits you can reap that will make your entire camping experience memorable. Pets can serve as your companion if you are a solo traveler. You will never get bored when you are traveling because your pets can also serve as your great source of amusement and fun. You and your pets can also get plenty of exercises when you take them for a walk. You can also forge connections with your fellow campers as your furry friend can become a great conversation starter. 

Required documentation when taking your pet in an RV

When you traveling with your dog, it is imperative that you secure the relevant documentation. Before your trip, be sure to prepare your proof of ownership. You may also need permits for certain pets depending on the place you will be camping. You also have to get the details of your pet’s microchip. 

It is important for your pets to be chipped so they can easily reunite with you in case they accidentally separate from you. Without the chip, your pets need to wear an ID tag which contains your contact details. You also need to bring vaccination records. There are campgrounds that will insist on checking this information before allowing your pet to stay. 

If your pets have previously been suffering from medical ailments or allergies, you should also bring documentation for that. You will also need documents of pet insurance you have taken out. Since pets going missing are inevitable, bringing a photograph of your pet is also a good idea as it can help you find your pet. 

When searching for campgrounds accepting pets, you may ask a Dallas RV dealer for some recommendations. 

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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3 years ago

I have taken my dog with me when I ride a bike when he was younger. I now take him for a walk. It is so important to make sure that your dog is on a leash though. Some people let them roam and it can be dangerous when riding a bike.