Caravanning with pets

Many people consider their pets a part of the family, and don't want to leave them behind during caravan holidays.

For some people, the preparation involved in taking a pet travelling can seem overwhelming. With proper planning, you can alleviate a lot of the stress that can come with taking your furry friends on your next caravanning expedition. The following tips should make your next caravan holiday with your pets hassle-free.

Have them chipped, tagged, and vaccinated

It’s all too easy for your pet to want to explore a new area, wander off, and get lost. If they do, having a microchip and a collar with a tag containing your contact information will make finding them again more likely.

Keeping your pets properly vaccinated is particularly important when travelling since your pet is more likely to come in contact with other animals, both domestic and wild, increasing their chances of contracting a disease or parasite. Check that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date, and get a written record from your vet, as caravan parks and national parks may deny entry if you cannot provide proof of vaccination.

Get them accustomed to car rides

Long car trips can make pets anxious or carsick. Take your furry companion on a test drive to familiarise them with car travel and see how they react. If they are in obvious distress, speak to your vet about the best ways to deal with anxiety and travel sickness.

One of the best ways to avoid nausea and decrease the likelihood of vomiting is to avoid feeding your pet before driving. If your pet gets anxious in the car, and particularly if they are animals generally averse to car travel such as cats or birds, pack a sheet or blanket to cover their travel crate or cage.

If you’re bringing your dogs on a long car trip, don’t forget to stop and let them out for exercise every few hours to get rid of pent up energy.

Bring their regular food

Bring your pet’s food and water bowls from home, and their regular food, to provide your pet with familiarity in a new environment. If your pet is on a special diet, make sure to bring enough food with you, as it can be hard to find particular brands while travelling.

Make sure they’re comfortable

Bring your pet’s bedding, or a blanket with their scent on it, from home to keep them calm and relaxed. If you’re going somewhere cold, pack extra bedding to keep them warm at night.

Check in with the caravan park

Not all caravan parks are pet-friendly, and even those that are may have special rules for pets. Before booking, make sure the caravan park is able to accommodate your pet and ask about any rules that may apply.

Even if you’ve been there before, the conditions may have changed, so it’s better to be safe and call ahead. As always, be considerate of other guests and ensure your pet is under control at all times for everyone’s safety.

Click here for some dog-friendly caravan parks in Queensland to visit with your furry friends.