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Campervan Travel with Pets: Tips for a Pet-Friendly Journey

Mick Pacholli
Mick Pachollihttps://www.tagg.com.au
Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        

There’s nothing like a road trip. Especially when you are travelling with your pets. With today’s pet-friendly travel options and tips, you will find it easier than ever to hit the open road with your furry friend.

Bring a Carrier

First, you need a carrier. This should be large enough for your pet to move around and stretch their legs. If they spend most of the trip sleeping in it, ensure it’s comfortable enough for them to do so.

You can also use this crate as a bed and a safe place for your pet when you are not driving (or sleeping). A good rule of thumb is that if you can fit two adults comfortably in there with room left over, it should work well for transporting your pooch or kitty.

Check on the Pet’s Health Before You Go

Before you hit the road, ensure your pet is healthy. Check for vaccinations and ensure that any pets you travel with are up-to-date on their rabies shots.

If you bring a dog or cat along for the ride, ask your veterinarian about flea treatments. After a long drive, you don’t want to discover that your furry friend has been scratching because of fleas. Additionally, check for parasites in your pet’s environment (such as bedding).

Consider Some Specialty Foods and Supplies for Pets

campervan travel with pets: tips for a pet-friendly journey

If your pet is always hungry, you might want to consider some specialty foods and supplies for pets.

There are a few things that you can buy at the grocery store that will help ensure that your pet is as comfortable as possible while travelling in the campervan hire Adelaide.

Always buy high-quality pet food and treats. You don’t want to give your pet something that will upset their stomach or make them sick. Dogs may also need special medication for motion sickness or anxiety.

Find a Veterinarian at Your Destination

One of the most important things to do before you embark on a pet-friendly road trip is to find a veterinarian at your destination. This is especially true if you are travelling to a place where your pet doesn’t have any history, and taking them in for an annual checkup while you are away is not a good idea.

If you don’t have access to veterinary care near where you live, look into taking your pet with you and seeing a vet at the same time. Many veterinarians will offer discounts for clients who travel long distances, so be sure to ask about those.

campervan travel with pets: tips for a pet-friendly journey

Keep an Eye on Temperatures

Be aware of your pet’s body temperature, particularly when travelling in hot weather. Pets can get overheated in vehicles just like people can, so ensure they have plenty of water and shade available.

If you are driving through desert terrain where temperatures soar above 100 degrees F (38 C), consider stopping every couple of hours so your dog can get out and run around for a bit, even if it’s just to stretch its legs on the side of the road.

Final Thoughts

If you plan to take your pets on a road trip, we hope these tips will help make it easier. While travelling with pets can be stressful, it doesn’t have to be. If you prepare well in advance and plan carefully before leaving home, everything should go smoothly when you get there.

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Mick Pacholli

Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        

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