Rving With Dogs – Must have Items
Here are some of the must have items we keep in the RV for our dog that just make sense. Ensuring your dogs safety and well being while rving with your dog is so important. It is better to be prepared and to overall prevent anything bad from happening to your pup.
Security Camera for RVing Fulltime – Canary
If you’re a crazy dog mom like me and need to make sure your dog is ok when you’re out and away from home, then this is perfect for you. Having the security camera gives me peace of mind when we aren’t home and Hazel’s in the camper by herself. I probably check on her every 2o mins and usually just find her sleeping on the couch like the photo below.
We use the Canary Indoor Security Camera. Some features that the Canary has include watching a live feed, seeing the current temperature, detecting movement, Built in alarm system, and even talking through it. You can also set notifications that tell you when the camper gets over a certain temperature to ensure that your pup isn’t gonna be too hot in there.
If you have a smaller camper you might not have room for multiple beds, but for us we have a 30ft Class A. We have 2 beds for Hazel. She has 1 in the living room and 1 in the bedroom. The one in the living room we move around sometimes. When we drive she likes to sleep on the dash board so we put it up there for her while driving, then once we park we put it back down in the living room.
The one in the bedroom doesn’t really move at all, she usually sleeps with us but some nights she chooses to sleep on the floor next to the bed. So instead if having to bring her other bed from the living we room we found its easiest to just have on in the bedroom already. Plus when she comes inside after playing she loves to run right to the bedroom and chew her toy.
Something to keep in mind, make sure your dogs bed(s) are accessible when the slide out of your camper is in, it will help make your dog feel more secure while driving. Some dogs get stressed in RV’s if they don’t have anywhere to lay down or relax.
Place Mat for Food & Water
This Non Slip Food Mat has been a life saver in our camper. Before the place mat her food and water would spill everywhere when we would drive. Now her food and water don’t move at all and its less messes we have to clean up.
These are also super easy to clean if the food or water spills, you can just wash it off in the sink or wipe it down with paper towels.
Having a baby pool for your dog is definitely something to think about especially if you travel to warmer places often. We usually fill it on super hot days when she just can’t seem to cool off after playing fetch or going for a walk/hike.
We also found another use for her baby pool. We put her bed inside the dry pool when she’s sitting outside with us. It keeps her bed clean and gives her own little space to relax. So for $7 it gives you 2 good uses!
This can be used in addition to the baby pool, or if you don’t wanna carry around the pool this is a great alternative. This Cooling Mat is a great way to cool your dog down quickly and on the go. You can use the cooling mat anywhere, the beach, on a hike, etc. They come in multiple sizes are super easy to use. They are pressure activated so as soon as your pup lays or sits on it, it starts cooling them off.
First aid kit for your pup
This is so important to have when traveling with a dog! You never know when your pup is going to get hurt or stung by a bee, or bit by a fire ant, etc. You might think it won’t ever happen but its always better to be prepared. I started bringing ours along on hikes with us after Hazel got but by a fire ant one hike and I had to drive an hour to the closest pharmacy. You can either buy a Pet First Aid Kit from amazon, or you can make your own.
Heres a list of items to add if you want to make your own Pet First Aid Kit!
- Gauze pads
- medical tape
- cotton balls or swabs
- Fresh 3% hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting (always check with veterinarian or animal poison control expert before giving to your pet)
- Scissors with blunt end
- soft muzzle
- Vetericyn wound spray
- Saline solution
- Nail clippers
- Pill and Topical
I love these collapsable bowls! They are super helpful when living in a RV and traveling. These dog bowls are collapsible, so they take up little to no space in the RV. They even come with a clip so you can clip them onto you backpack or dog leash when heading out for a hike or just a walk around the local town. This is a must have when your hiking with your dog!
Baby wipes are a MUST in our RV. Our pup tends to roll in the dirt and get her feet and face super dirty when she’s playing outside. As you can imagine, she likes to run in the house afterwards and jump onto the couch, or on her beds and then they get super dirty and its hard to wash. To prevent the messes, we keep baby wipes by the front door so that we can wipe off her face and paws before she steps foot in the RV.