Most private RV parks nowadays offer a pet run, as their latest campground amenity. This can come in the form of a fenced area or big, open space. The purpose of a pet run is to let your furry animal friends run without a leash (if it has a fence) and enjoy playtime with you and/or other pets in the area. If you are interested, search the campground’s website and inquire by means of email or telephone.
Every campground has its own set of pet rules that you need to follow. At times, it can be annoying when 1 or 2 people disobey them. Walk your pet in designated areas, pick up their poop, do not let them bark their heads off while you are out, and be considerate of other campers.
In order for your trip to be pleasant for everyone concerned, take these simple, helpful tips and ideas into consideration. Print out this checklist so you can take it along your RVing and camping gear and not miss out on every important detail:
- Before you leave, see to it that your pet’s medical requirements – like vaccination and medications – are up-to-date.
- Bring your pet’s health certificate in case you will need it.
- Take along your pet’s latest ID tags (you can use temporary tags) with the name and contact number of the campsite you are going to.
- Always pack baggies for scooping, and make use of the provided/designated pet walk.
- To avoid bugs/pests; bring tick or flea collars plus other insect repellants.
- Pack your pet’s belongings inside his/her bag. These include a blanket, favorite snacks, favorite toys and water bowl.
- Bring your pet carrier, a pet tent or any pet shelter designed for the outdoors.
- When travelling, take a stopover every now and then to stretch, walk your pet and exercise.
- Always bring your pet’s leash (as required) to be able to get out and around.
- Do not leave your pet inside a hot, not properly ventilated car or RV. Heat and lack of air can easily weaken your pet.
- The moment you arrive, show courtesy to your fellow campers (and steer clear of dangerous creatures like skunks and porcupines, among others). Discipline your pet and keep it leashed.
- Know your pet’s fitness level, so you won’t push him/her beyond his/her limits.
- Never leave pet food outdoors to avoid encountering uninvited animals.
- Never leave your pet outside, where hungry predators lurk in the dark.
- Observe your pet everyday to see if there is anything unusual – such as limping, lack of appetite, bites, itchiness and too much water consumption, among others.
When your camping vacation is planned out well, this can create unforgettable memories that last forever.