Designing a Pet Friendly Road Trip

If you’re bringing a furry friend on your next road trip, you’re not alone. According to a July 2016 TripAdvisor survey, more than 50 percent of pet owners travel with their pets. Since traveling with your canine and feline companions is popular among pet owners, planning a pet friendly road trip is essential. Secure your Apollo RV rental, and then consider these tips when creating a road trip itinerary with your pet in mind.

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Choosing the Right Ride

Depending on the size of your pet, you might need to alter your accommodations to make sure you’re comfortable. A large dog, for example, might feel cooped up in a small campervan. A more spacious style might better suit your furry traveling companions. Similarly, if you’re traveling with more than one pet, you’ll need additional space. Consider the pet items you’ll need to transport, such as pet beds or carriers, and ensure that your RV has ample space for these items, while still leaving room for you to relax with your canine and feline buddies.

Stocking Up on Supplies

Pet food supplies. Pet Friendly Road Trip
Pet food supplies. Flickr: Phil King / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

You don’t want to have to worry about finding the nearest pet store at every destination. So, stock up on your pet supplies before you begin your journey. You’ll need food and water bowls for every animal, along with enough food for the length of your trip. Don’t forget a bag of treats to reward your dog or cat for good road trip behavior. Leashes, collars, beds, crates, and litter boxes are just some of the other items you might need for your pet friendly road trip.

Finding Suitable Accommodations

If your RV road trip will take you to a campground, make sure that’s it a pet friendly place to stay. Long before you pull up into your spot for the night, confirm that the campground allows pets because while many do, not all allow dogs and cats. Once you’ve identified a few pet-friendly campgrounds along your route, assess how convenient each campground is for pet owners. For example, is there a dog park where your pup can burn off some energy? Are there walking trails where you can get your dog some exercise? Is there an easy place to set up outdoors so your pet can take in the sunshine after a long day in the car? Finding an accommodating campground can make your road trip that much more pet friendly.

Seeking Out Pet Friendly Road Trip Attractions

Dog Park. Pet Friendly Road Trip
Dog Park. Flickr: MJWein / CC BY-ND 2.0

Don’t forget Fido when you’re planning activities for your journey. Make sure you incorporate some outdoor stops at pet-friendly spots so that your pet can enjoy the trip as well. For example, you can look into local dog parks and choose to stay nearby; so that you have somewhere to take your energetic puppy after a day on the road. Parks and hiking trails are another good spot to take your curious pet—it will love exploring the new sights and smells of the area. Pet-friendly attractions ensure that your furry traveling companions enjoy the ride.

Conclusion

Let your next road trip include your furry friend. With a little planning, you can create a pet friendly road trip itinerary that the whole family—humans, canine, and feline—will love.

About JaiTadeo

Jai started writing poetry and short stories at 7 - her grandmother being her very first editor and number one fan (until today). Now in her early thirties, she writes travel blogs and yes - still dream to travel to every country in the world before she's 40.

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