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RV living offers the freedom to explore the open road, discover new destinations, and create lasting memories. For those of us who consider our dogs part of the family, RVing with them adds an extra layer of joy and companionship to the journey. However, traveling with pets requires some additional planning and gear to ensure their comfort and safety. Here’s a comprehensive guide on must-have gear and tips for RVing with your furry friends.

Must-Have Gear for RVing with Dogs

  • 1. Secure Travel Crate or Harness
  • 2. Portable Dog Bed
  • 3. Collapsible Food and Water Bowls
  • 4. Pet-Friendly First Aid Kit
  • 5. Leash and Harness
  • 6. Dog Waste Bags
  • 7. Dog Booties
  • 8. Pet-Friendly Cleaning Supplies

1. Secure Travel Crate or Harness

Safety should be your top priority while on the road. A secure travel crate or harness keeps your dog safe during travel. Choose a crate that’s well-ventilated and big enough for your dog to stand, turn around, and lie down comfortably. If you prefer a harness, ensure it’s designed for car travel and attaches securely to a seatbelt.

2. Portable Dog Bed

A portable dog bed provides a familiar and comfortable place for your dog to rest. Opt for a bed that’s easy to clean and can be stored compactly when not in use. Some RVers even bring multiple beds: one for inside the RV and another for outdoor lounging.

3. Collapsible Food and Water Bowls

Space is limited in an RV, so collapsible food and water bowls are a practical choice. They’re lightweight, easy to store, and convenient for both in-RV use and on-the-go adventures.

4. Pet-Friendly First Aid Kit

Accidents can happen, so a pet-specific first aid kit is essential. Include items like bandages, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, and any medications your dog might need. Familiarize yourself with basic pet first aid procedures.

5. Leash and Harness

A sturdy leash and harness are must-haves for outdoor activities. A reflective harness can improve visibility during early morning or late evening walks. Additionally, consider a long leash or a tie-out cable for allowing your dog some freedom while still being secure.

6. Dog Waste Bags

Always have an ample supply of dog waste bags. Being a responsible pet owner means cleaning up after your dog, no matter where you are.

7. Dog Clothing

Depending on the climate and terrain, dog clothing can be a great addition to your packing list. Jackets or sweaters are useful for keeping your dog warm in cooler weather, while lighter, breathable clothing can protect their skin from the sun and insects. Choose clothing that fits well and allows your dog to move comfortably. Also, Depending on the terrain, dog booties can protect your pup’s paws from hot pavement, sharp rocks, or other potentially harmful surfaces. They also help keep their paws clean and dry.

8. Pet-Friendly Cleaning Supplies

Accidents and messes are inevitable, so keep pet-friendly cleaning supplies handy. Enzyme cleaners are particularly effective for eliminating odors and stains.

If we haven’t officially met, Hi I’m Blogging Brandi, an EX-Corporate Kool-Aid Drinker, born to be a Blogger, Creator, Digital Nomad, and Entrepreneur who loves RVing while running my own business on the road! Over 9 years ago, I traded my sticks & bricks lifestyle for a life on wheels. Quit my job, sold my house, and everything else, and then bought an RV! First, was a Travel Trailer, then Van Life, and eventually Motorhome Living! I created RVersity (RV + University) out of my love-hate relationship with RV Life!

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