When heading out on a long term road trip, it’s important to pack the right things for your dog. We’ve pulled together a great list of road trip essentials for any pet. This travel packing list includes everything you need to keep your dog happy and healthy when living in a camper.
Preface: Note that our vandwelling style is similar to a cross-country RV trip. We live in the cities for a day or two then spend the majority of our time in dispersed campsites. Stealth living in a city full-time and working during the day has additional challenges and wouldn’t be conducive to a happy dog with just these prep tips.
Preparing Your Dog For Van Life
Get your dog used to car travel if they aren’t already. We started ours on short journeys to the dog park using the same loading routine each time. After she understood how to behave we followed up with several longer drives to camping trips in which she was rewarded with outdoor play. Bonus: we learned the hard way, if you don’t want a mess, don’t feed the dog just before a long drive!
Take A Trip To The Vet
Before you go, don’t forget to get your dog caught up on the shots! Depending on where you plan to travel, specific medications may be necessary like heart worm and tick prevention. Be sure to make multiple copies of vet paperwork to bring along with you on your journey.
We like to keep digital copies of our dog’s paperwork stored in our phones as well. If you plan to board your dog while you are out and about, many places will require proof of vaccinations.