Just like you, our furry roadtrip partners have certain things that make life on the road go a little smoother and just like you comfort takes a precedence in planning.
1. Riding in Style
When hitting the road dogs really benefit from some creature comforts. Bringing along some old familiars that have the scent of home can help alleviate stress and make the transition to an extended road trip a little more comfortable. Things like a favorite blanket or toy can create a space of safety that can act almost like a den for your dog to retreat to if they’re feeling overwhelmed.
Another big consideration is your pup’s overnight accommodations. Just like you, their sleeping arrangement will play a big part in their comfort level. A good dog bed with a bolster or bumper pad can give them a little extra security when you’re rolling down the road and create that safe space to call home while you’re traveling.
When you’re traveling with the dog you’ll no doubt be making lots of stops so having a trusty leash and collar can make a pit stops hassle free. A sturdy harness and retractable leash are a great way to make sure that your pet is safe and secure when everyone is out stretching their legs.
2. The Essentials
When packing there are just some things that you’re not going to leave home without and it’s no different for your furry copilot. Things like food, bowls, waste bags and a good harness may seem obvious but there are ancillary items that can compliment these everyday items really well.
Your dogs food is important for nutrition while they’re on the road but just keeping it in the bag can become a hassle if it tips and spills. Finding a great container, like this one, can make transport really easy and take the worry of the food spilling out of the equation.
Another thing that can compliment your dogs eating routine are collapsible bowls, because if you’ve been in an RV then you know it’s all about saving space.
Another essential they can make life on the road easier is having the proper waste disposal tools for your pet. When nature calls having the right equipment can make the task of picking up after your dog an easy one. While not necessary, the convenience of these tools can really add up over time.
3. Medicine, Emergencies and First Aid
When planning for life on the road you need to plan for any unseen events. While not a pleasant thing to think about having a plan of action if something were to go wrong can pay dividends in peace of mind.
Having some simple first aid supplies like an antihistamine or anti-diuretic can help in a pinch until you find a veterinarian or other solution. In some cases having a little Pepto-Bismol on hand can solve a lot of problems and save from some unwelcome cleanup.
You know your pet better than anyone else so take their needs into consideration and think about what they might need while you’re on the road. This not only helps if something were to go wrong but also help you to relax knowing that everything has been taken care of.
Traveling with the dog can be lots of fun, they add their own personality, make long drives a little better and might even provide a little security. Having the right tools and equipment can make life on the road with your dog easier even a little bit more fun. So when you’re planning your next RV trip be sure to think about your pet and what’s going to make the trip better for them as well. This way when it comes time to load up your pet will be wagging all the way!
Guest Post Written By: Meredith who’s the voice behind Moberry Pets.Com She lives in Montana with her boyfriend Jim and their pooch Lucia. Meredith spends her time writing, hiking, skiing, backpacking and anything else that gets her outside. Meredith writes about all things pets at her blog Moberrypets.com where she covers everything from frogs to dogs and all the pets in between.
Photo Credits: Flickr.com D J Frantic; Bari Bookout; Curtis Perry
We do love our Dogs! Thanks Meredith, appreciate your contribution. Leaving you with another dreadfully sappy love song that kinda rang my bell: