The idea of caravanning with pets can seem an odd combination but with the right planning and equipment, it can be quite an enjoyable experience for you and your family. Caravanning with pets is not as difficult as many people make out but it does require some preparation to get everything going.
One of the most important aspects of planning is to ensure that you have all the proper insurance before you even think about taking your animal. Pet travel insurance is very different from travel insurance.
Before travelling it is wise to choose a safe route through which to travel to ensure that your animal will feel at home in the caravan. Most of us do not like the thought of having to make the trip in a car and so it is much better if you can take your pet along on the caravanning trips, but if you cannot then consider hiring a camper van that has been specially designed to be able to accommodate pets.
You need to make sure that your animals are healthy before you leave and make sure that you have adequate food for your pets. Food and water should be readily available and this may take several trips so it is advisable to keep a supply of food and water in the caravan itself. If you are not comfortable with this, it may be preferable to have your pet feed at home, but bear in mind that when your pet is eating you may be at risk of injury or infection. You should ensure that you keep the food and water in a separate container, not on top of the food and water because you never know when your pets may spill their food.
Once you have decided on the route you want to take, you need to ensure that your pets are well taken care of. One of the best ways to keep your pet healthy is by ensuring they are kept in an area where there are no hazards. In addition to this, if you are taking an animal that has a fear of water then you should ensure that their water bowls are placed near a source of clean water. If your pets do develop any problems with this then you should ensure you consult your vet for advice.
When you are travelling with pets, there are several things that you need to remember. Always make sure you remove any pet hair and hairballs before you start the caravanning journey to prevent them from getting caught in the caravan and causing problems for yourself and your caravan. As soon as you begin to travel you should also ensure that you inspect the equipment thoroughly to see if any small items are lying around which may have fallen into your caravan and then remove these immediately.
On the Road
When you are in the caravan always ensure that your pet is under control when you travel. Never take your pet on short walks around the caravan, for instance, if you are taking an animal such as a dog or cat then you should ensure that you have a leash on the pet at all times.
One of the most important aspects of caravanning with pets is to ensure that your pet is taken care of. A good way to ensure that you have a happy and healthy pet is to ensure that you provide plenty of fresh air and exercise. If you have a pet in the caravan then you will need to ensure they are within the range of running water. Make sure that your pet is well cared for and ensure that they have access to a litter tray and a place to lie down, whether you choose to use a dog bed or simply a towel.