Tips for Traveling with Pets

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Sick of leaving your pup with a pet sitter when you go away? Pets are part of your family, and it seems that they have just as much fun on RV vacations as their owners. Follow these few simple tips to make your travels with your pet more enjoyable for everyone.

Keep Your Pet Relaxed

Travel can cause pets anxiety, because they’re away from all of the familiarity that they love. Bring some of your pet’s favorite toys, a dog bed, a blanket, and a couple of bones for the ride. These familiar items will help your pet relax and make a new home inside your RV.

Pull Over and Walk

Many rest stops now have specific areas for walking your dog. Take time to get your pup some exercise whenever you stop — a tired dog is always a more relaxed dog.

Avoid Sickness

Dogs can get motion sickness just like people do. If your pet is prone to car sickness, avoid feeding him before you get in the car. Give him plenty of water when you’re on the road, and feed him when you arrive at your destination.

Familiarize Yourself with the Area

When you’re in a new, unfamiliar place, take some time to learn about your surroundings. It’s important to know if there are unsafe areas for your pet or even unsafe foods he could get into. Make sure the area you’re visiting is pet-friendly, so you’re not caught by surprise.


Always make sure your pet’s identification tag is up-to-date with your current phone number and residence. Although you’re away from home, if your dog gets away from you, you’re just a phone call away. Always keep proof of your dog’s rabies vaccination on his collar too.

Specialty RV Sales

At Specialty RV Sales in Lancaster, we love traveling with our pets as much as you do. Not only will you be happy to have your pet’s company in your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel, but you’ll love the outdoor adventures you can enjoy with your pet at your side. Do you have any special tips or advice for travelers who want to have their pets in tow?

Sources: American Kennel Club / Cesar’s Way

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