One of the best things when traveling in an RV is that pets are welcomes in most RV rentals through The Camper Connection. Campgrounds and RV resorts also often cater to pets offering pet amenities like dog parks, dog beaches, and some even come with sites that have a fenced in backyard for their your to roam.
What to Pack
- Leash (required for most campgrounds)
- Clean up bags and holder
- Collapsible water dish
- Dog bed
Pet Friendly RV Parks
If you are a dog mom, this place is for you! This campground in Ruthertonford, NC caters especially to dog and allows only adults and their furry companions. Amenities for your pooch include a private dog pond, grooming facilities, and multiple dog and parks.
This campground located in popular Lake George, NY features the largest dog park in the area. Charlies Bark Park is a 2 acre dog park which includes separate areas for large and small dogs, walking trails and a doggy treat vending machine. Special amenities include a indoor dog washing station, a dog water park, and agility events.
KOA Parks located throughout the US feature KampK9 which makes it easy for your to bring your 4 legged friends camping with you. Their spacious fenced in dog parks feature doggy cleanup stations and fresh water for your convenience. Some KOA’s even offer campsites with their own fenced in backyard for your pet to have their own private area to explore.
Activities to do with Pets
What better way to give your dog some exercise after a long day of traveling than going for a hike. Most hiking trails are pet friendly as long as you keep them on a leash. The Alltrails app allows you to view hiking trails in your area and filter them to show you the best rated, dog friendly hikes.
Visit National Parks
Although dogs aren’t allowed in buildings, you are able to take them in most outdoor areas such as National Monuments, hiking trails, and scenic lookouts. When visiting Smokey Mountain and Shenandoah National Parks, we chose to do a scenic drive so that our dogs could come and not have to stay at the camper by themselves, they loved riding along. When going into buildings at the Wright Brothers Memorial my husband and I took turns so that we could both see the sites but keep the pets outdoors.
Many public beaches allow dogs, you would just want to check for any restrictions. When visiting Myrtle Beach, dogs were allowed on the beach seasonally and during certain hours during peak season. Some places even have beaches specially for dogs. James County Campground in Charleston, SC has a beach for owners to take their dogs for some unleashed swimming,
If you are visiting an attraction where pets aren’t allowed, you may need to leave your dog alone in the camper. If so make sure they are crated so they feel safe in their own space and can’t damage anything. Monitor your pet while away with a pet camera -please note this would require WIFI. Another option is to find a local pet sitter or doggie day camp you can bring them to, while you explore. Many tourist areas, have these services available.
Tips for Traveling with Pets
- Carry vaccination records with you
- Be aware of the nearest pet urgent care center
- Always clean up after your pet
- Keep them on a leash unless in designated dog areas
- Bring their items favorite items from home so they can travel comfortably
- Make sure they are microchipped in case they get lost
If you love to bring your pets along on your adventures, then RVing is for you! No more sneaking them into a hotel room and trying to keep them quiet. Your dog will love playing with other friendly dogs at the dog parks and enjoying the outdoors that campgrounds have to offer. If you don’t own an RV, rent one of our pet-friendly RV’s and take your family on an unforgettable trip.