If you have pets, you’ll understand how difficult it is to leave them home when you hit the road. Luckily, we are now offering pet-friendly vehicles, so you never have to part from your beloved four-legged friend again. However, planning and research are essential prior to your journey to ensure you are adequately prepared. We’ve outlined our top tips and advice to assist you when organising your trip.
Before you and your furry friend head off on a Let’s Go adventure, we recommend preparing an itinerary of everything you need to keep them comfortable. Pack a variety of toys, bedding, treats, leads and any other accessories your pet may need. Not only will this make the trip easier, but it will also keep your pet in high spirits.
Choosing the right vehicle is important. You’ll want something with ample room and large windows so your pet can relax and play, while ensuring they are safe. Our 2- and 6-berth motorhomes accommodate up to two pets and are available at our branches across Australia. You can get in touch with our team to check availability and costs here.
While it would be amazing to take your pet everywhere you go, there will always be certain places that don’t allow animals. To avoid disappointment, carrying out some research is essential. That means knowing which stops along your route are pet-friendly and what you’ll need during your stay.
Before you head off, take your furry friend to the vet for a check-up. This ensures that you’re equipped with the correct information and/or medication. Clarify which items you should carry in your first aid kit and make note of useful hotlines in case of an emergency.
During the trip
Now that you’re prepared, it’s time to head off on your adventure. The temperature in your motorhome may fluctuate, and it can get hot throughout the summer months, so you will need to ensure that your furry friend remains comfortable. Investing in portable fans is a great idea to keep the temperature down in your vehicle during summer. We also recommend providing your pets with some water at every stop, placing their bedding in shady areas, constantly stopping for walks, and never leaving your pet unattended in the motorhome. If you’re travelling in the winter months, make sure your vehicle is adequately heated.
Brush up on your pet etiquette and rules once you pull into your caravan park. While they may be pet friendly, keep in mind that other guests could be uncomfortable or scared of pets. Always keep them on a leash, within a carrier or buy a puppy gate for your motorhome. Although it’s not always easy, try your best to minimise barking.
Not all locations are pet-friendly, and some are only open to animals during certain times. If you are allowed to take your pet with you, make sure to prepare thoroughly. Carry enough water, check the weather, and don’t forget about plastic bags to clean up after your pet.
Preparation is required when it comes to sleeping arrangements throughout your journey. Make sure your pet’s bedding is travel worthy and lightweight. We suggest bringing bedding that your pet is comfortable and familiar with. Set this up somewhere out of your way so that you can freely move around in the van.
Mealtime prep is also something you need to keep in mind. Considering many food establishments impose certain restrictions around allowing pets, we suggest getting takeaway or preparing meals in your motorhome. You can set up your van in front of a nice view and enjoy a delicious outdoor meal with your pet. If you stumble upon some pet friendly establishments, feel free to enjoy a nice, dine-in meal.
After the trip
When the trip is all said and done, it’s time to pack up the RV. Prior to returning your motorhome, please ensure it’s clean and tidy.