Living in a motorhome with a 90lbs dog might sound like a bad idea at first.
And it certainly would be if you kept him confined to such a small space. We spend the majority of our time outside the RV so we knew that we could give our pup plenty of adventures and exercise.
There are rarely times when we leave him at home but even then we make sure he has had exercise and will be completely comfortable in our absence.
I don’t need to tell you the lifelong bond and friendship that comes with being a dog owner. There’s nothing better than bringing your four-legged friends with you while traveling and exploring the country.
We rarely go anywhere without our pup and these are the top 5 dog accessories you should think about getting before you travel with your dog!
Pet Seat Covers
I’m sure that the upholstery in your RV or tow is important to you and if you want to keep it looking as good as possible considering you’re traveling with your dog, investing in motorhome seat covers/ protectors should be your first step. They will keep the hair and dirt off and even protect against scratches and claw marks. I can’t stress how important this is, especially if you have leather. We didn’t realize how much leather we had until our pets came into the picture!
Collapsible Food Dish
If you are traveling in an RV, you don’t need me to tell, you know precious floor space becomes. Depending on your size, there might not be enough space to have a feeding station set up 24/7. We feed our dog twice a day in a collapsible food bowl. It’s easy to clean and folds away to save space. If the dog has leftovers, it even comes with a lid to save for later without worrying about spilling while storing.
Outdoor Dog Bed
We love to relax outside and enjoy the fresh air and so does our pup. An outdoor dog bed gives him a comfortable spot he can call his own. It also keeps from sleeping on the ground and getting covered in dirt/sand. The reason I say “outdoor” dog bed and not just “dog bed” is because there is a big difference between the two.
A typical dog bed is made of materials such as foam, stuffing, and fabrics. This is not ideal for RV life. They are hard to clean, trap smells, and soak up water like there’s no tomorrow. The only way you can really clean it would be taking it to the laundromat.
Look for a waterproof and/or inflatable bed. These are durable and made specifically for camping. Your dog will have a comfy place to rest their head and you won’t get a headache trying to keep it clean. Another option is an elevated pet bed which is easy to keep clean since it’s not laying flat on the ground and if you want to get fancy, you can also get an elevated pet bed with a canopy top for shade.
Placing your pet in a sturdy and secured pet travel crate is the best way to keep him safe and away from driving instruments. There are many different shapes and sizes and you can often find good deals if you look on Craigslist.
A collapsible dog travel crate is an idea for RV travels since it can be broken down and stored when not in use. There are collapsible crates, like the one pictured above, that are padded and very comfy.
I recommend pulling a sturdy harness on your dog before taking him outside. If this is the first time you are traveling with your dog, you don’t know how he will react. If he takes off running at full speed having a leash attached to the collar could cause injury to the neck. A harness is sturdier and will allow you to have better control of your dog.
Play Pen or Ground leash
The most important step before traveling with your dog is making sure that he is up to date on all vaccinations and preventative treatments including flea, tick, and heartworm. Bring registration, vet and vaccination records with you, especially if you are crossing borders.
I hope that this list was helpful in preparing you and your pup for a fun and safe RV adventure. Share your favorite accessories and travel tips in the comments below!