We’ve been on the road for three months as of today and we’ve learned a few things about traveling with our dogs that we thought we’d share.
Finding dog friendly hiking trails can be difficult and sometimes few and far between. We use the BringFido app to find dog friendly trails, restaurants, etc. and it’s a major time saver!
If you’re traveling with a pup who sheds, it can get dirty quickly in a small space like an RV or van. We’ve nipped this frustration in the bud by using our cordless Dyson hand vac to clean every surface in our RV every few days. It gets hair off of the floor, rugs, seating, and even the dog beds. It saves a huge amount of frustration. Also, we always keep at least one towel on hand by the door for wiping paws each time the dogs enter the RV.
In our experience, almost every singly campground, park, etc. require a leash. Not our favorite rule but we respect it. Using hands free leashes has been a game changer. We got ours on amazon and they’re great quality! We also have a 20 foot leash for each dog for when we come across places that require leashes but don’t have length restrictions.
It took us about a week to pay better attention to our dogs’ water intake and make sure that we always have water readily available for them. It’s somewhat of a mental shift going from home life where there’s always water out in their bowl in the kitchen to living in a moving home where big bowls of water can slush around.
We use a yeti dog bowl to keep their water cold and clean and we make sure it isn’t filled full on travel days to ensure we don’t have spills. In addition whenever we go on a hike, long walk, or adventure, we pack a doggie water bottle that has a bowl for the lid. Simply squeeze the bottle and water rises up into the bowl. Easy!
Traveling with pups requires you to take more elements of travel into consideration so it definitely doesn’t simplify our adventure but having pups with us does enhances our travel experience exponentionally. We really can’t picture doing this whole thing without them.