Taking your pet on the road this Christmas

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Christmas is just around the corner, which means your festive campervan trip is quickly approaching. Many campervan owners will pack up and head off on trips to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas period, however what if you want to take your family pet with you? Here are some tips and advice on taking your pet away this winter:

Before you go

Not only is it lovely to be able to take your pet with you on your trips, it can also save you money in the long-run as you won’t have to put your pet into kennels which can cost a fortune. However, before you set off on your travels you must check that you are allowed pets in the campsite and it’s also a good idea to acclimatise your pet to your campervan by letting it have a run around and sniff the place out.

Most animals are extremely sensitive to smells so take a blanket or pet bed with you to ensure he or she feels at home, especially if you will be leaving them in the campervan for long periods of time. If this is the case (which is usually not advised) you need to remember to leave a roof or window open to allow fresh air inside the campervan. Do not leave them open too wide because you may come back to an empty campervan and no pet!

Leave your pet a big bowl of water and make sure it will last them until you get back. If your pet is left in your campervan for a long period of time it is probably a good to take them for a walk especially before you go to bed.

Keeping your dog comfortable

If you and your family or partner are lounging around in the campervan or having a hot cup of coffee sat outside, put a stake in the ground and a long rope to allow your dog to have a run around without having to constantly keep a close eye on them. There is no doubt that after this, especially in the winter, your dog will be covered in mud. Take some old towels on the trip to give your pet a wipe down after it has had time to play, you can even buy microfiber dog drying bag to make sure mess is really kept to a minimum.

Take a collapsible pet carrier with you for the journey to make your pet feel safe while travelling in the campervan. If animals are able to walk around whilst your campervan is moving, they may cause havoc and potentially even become very frightened. Pet carriers on the other hand are lightweight and convenient for folding up and tucking away in the caravan. You could also use natural remedies for your pet to keep them calm.

Due to a 50% likelihood of your pet getting travel sickness, take lots of cleaning equipment with you. Don’t forget the little extras like an air freshener, carpet spray (for any stains) and paper towels.

Pet Accessories

Purchase some non slip water and food bowls for your pet so that you don’t have to worry about them flying around whilst you are travelling. You can also purchase collapsible food and water bowls for when you may be out and about with your dog for long walks

Remember to pack all the necessary accessories to keep your dog clean after a long day of rolling in the mud. Bring a brush to comb out any mud or leaves that are left in your pet’s fur. If the weather is really cold, it may also be worth taking a jacket or even some boots for your dog.

Essential Supplies

  • Stake and ropes
  • Old towels
  • Collapsible pet carrier
  • Leash and collar
  • Blanket or bed/basket
  • Herbal remedies
  • Food and water bowls
  • Carpet cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • Air freshener
  • Refuse bags
  • Brush
  • Jacket/coat