If you're like most people, you can't imagine going on a road trip without your furry friend by your side. Traveling with pets can be a lot of fun, but it's essential to plan ahead and make sure you have everything you need.
1. Create a designated space for your pet in the van.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it's important to create a space for your pet that is comfortable and safe. If you have a van conversion, there are plenty of ways to create a custom space for your furry friend.
First, check that the space is large enough for your pet to move around comfortably. You may also want to consider adding a pet bed or some other type of cushioning.
2. If you must leave your pet in the van, make it safe.
Whether or not it's okay to leave your pet in the van depends first on temperature and safety. Furthermore, some states have local laws that may prohibit you from leaving your animal in your car.
If it's hot outside, leaving your pet in the car is never okay, even with the windows open. And even if it's not hot, always check to ensure your pet has enough ventilation and access to water.
3. Drop your pet off at daycare if you need a day apart.
No matter where you are, daycare is almost always an option. Make sure to book a spot in advance if you know you need a day apart. This will give you time to explore without worrying about your pet, and it will give them a chance to socialize and burn off some energy.
Certain popular travel locations don't allow pets, so it's always best to check in advance and have accommodations ready if necessary.
4. Install proper ventilation and insulation.
If you have a custom conversion van, installing proper ventilation and insulation is essential. This will help keep your pet cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Airflow is vital for all van dwellers, but it's crucial if you travel with pets. If you have a dog, create a space where they can't block the airflow and always have fresh water available.
There are several ways to do this, so make sure to consult with a professional or do some research before you start.
5. Use a tracker.
If you're worried about your pet escaping the van, consider using a tracker. This way, you can always see where they are, guarantee they're safe, and ensure they haven't escaped.
Several different trackers are available, so do some research to find one that best suits your needs.
6. Make sure you have your pet's vaccination records with you.
This is important for a few reasons. First, if your pet gets sick or injured while on the road, having their vaccination records will make it easier for veterinarians to provide treatment.
Second, many campgrounds and RV parks require proof of vaccinations before allowing pets on the premises.
The Bottom Line
Traveling with pets can be a great experience, but it's important to be prepared. Make sure you have everything you need - from food and water to a designated space in the van - and your trip will be much more enjoyable.
At 27North, we offer custom conversion van services to help you create the perfect space for you and your furry friend. Contact us today to learn more!