Traveling in your RV with one (or more!) animals can be just as challenging as traveling with young children. They can’t tell you everything they need, they may have health challenges, they need play to distract them from the boredom of time on the road, and sooner or later, they can get sick or hurt.
Even the best five-star RV parks, such as Woodland Creek RV Park in Tyler, Texas, can’t keep up with your animals; that’s your job as their pet parent. However, we can offer you these suggestions:
Any pet can get lost in a strange area, and some (especially cats) are agile enough to get through openings you would never expect. What can you do?
A well-secured crate may be the best solution, while letting your dog or cat ride on your lap is probably the worst. Sources like www.chewy.com and www.Amazon.com have seat belts and harnesses especially made for animals. Your critters may not like this unfamiliar restraint, so it’s wise to get them used to traveling by taking short trips in your car before setting out on the open road.
Of course, never let your pet ride in a trailer under tow – it’s illegal in many states and a bad idea.
Cats and small animals don’t mix well with RV slide mechanisms, and they will find the most amazing places to hide. Make it a rule to have every animal in sight before opening or closing slides. Here are some ideas: https://www.rvforum.net/threads/cats-and-slideouts.1514/. Help your dog understand that it doesn’t need to bark at everyone and everything. Training at home pays off on the road.
Food and water. How long will you be gone from home? Even if it’s a short trip, take two weeks’ worth of food. Emergencies happen. If you feed canned food, take a manual can opener! Some pets can drink any water that you can drink, but some have picky digestive systems. You’ll already know about your pets’ needs; don’t neglect them when you travel.
RV temperature. Many RV parks don’t allow you to leave your pet in your RV while you’re gone. One big reason for this is summer weather. If you lose power, your pet can bake in a hot RV. Some generators have “auto on” capability – they will turn on within a minute of power loss. Of course, they usually run on gas or diesel fuel, so make sure you have enough.
Checkups. Give the key to a campground employee and make sure they know you have a pet. This is good practice whether hiking or heading to town for groceries.
It’s easy to remember the medical needs of human family members, but what about your pets?
Some people wouldn’t dream of traveling without their beloved pet, but make other arrangements if you fear your pet will hate traveling. You may have a neighbor who can check on your cat a few times a day or someone who loves your dog enough to offer to dog-sit. Most towns have boarding options. RV travel is not for everyone.
Traveling with your furry friends should be fun, not traumatic. As a human, you are in charge of your pet. As an RV park, Woodland Creek loves animals. We are here to help you with resources should you need anything while caring for your traveling companion. In the meantime, you can create your list, and add to it.
When you book your reservation, don’t forget to ask about our pet policies and how we can help. Tyler, Texas, is a fantastic place to visit, especially if you stay at the right place. Woodland Creek RV Park staff is always willing to assist, and what could be better than a staff that loves four-legged friends? Call us today; we’ll help you book your stay before you can say woof!