Family Camping Vacations are not Complete Without Fido and Fluffy!
GoCampingAmerica.com knows your pet is a member of the family. We also know they love to camp as much as you do. Most private RV parks and campgrounds welcome your pet; however, some parks may restrict certain breeds and/or sizes of dogs or set a maximum number of pets allowed per campsite. Many state and national parks do not allow pets. It’s always a good idea to call ahead to make sure your Fido or Fluffy will be a welcome guest.
In order to make your trip pleasant for everyone, consider these easy, useful ideas and tips. If you would like to download and print a PDF version of this checklist, click here.
Before leaving, make sure your pet’s medical needs (shots, medication, etc.) are up to date
Carry your pet’s health certificate with you just in case it’s needed
Make sure your pet has up to date ID tags – consider temporary tags indicating the name and phone number of where you’re camping
Take baggies for scooping (a must!!) and use the designated pet walk if provided
Take flea/tick collars or other repellants to combat unwanted “hitchhikers”
Pack your pet’s bag with his/her old familiars - blanket, favorite toy(s), food and water bowls, and favorite snacks
Take along a pet carrier, pet tent, or other type of outdoor pet shelter
Take frequent breaks while traveling to stretch, exercise, and walk your pet
Don’t forget the leash (usually required) for getting out and about
Never leave your pet in a hot, non-ventilated vehicle – a car or RV – it only takes minutes for the heat to overcome your pet
Once you’ve arrived, please be courteous to your human neighbors (and away from pesky and dangerous critters such as skunks, porcupines, etc.) - keep your pet leashed and well behaved
Be aware of your pet’s fitness level and avoid pushing them beyond their abilities
Don’t leave pet food outside or chances are you’ll have some uninvited “pets”
Never let your pet spend the night outside - one never knows what hungry predators lurk
Physically check your pet daily for anything unusual – limping, excessive scratching, biting of any body part, loss of appetite, excessive water consumption, etc.
With a bit of planning, a well deserved camping vacation can make family memories that last a lifetime. Enjoy your trip - we hope a great time is had by all!!