How to have a safe and memorable experience while traveling with your pets.

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If you are anything like us, your pets are near and dear to your heart. Although we don’t live in our bus full time, our dog Boone can almost always be found by our side on our adventures. Below are some of the most common questions that we get asked about traveling with pets:

Does your dog always travel with you?

Almost always, yes! Our dog is part of our family, and we miss him terribly when we aren’t with him! However, his safety is always our #1 priority. Recently, Bryant and I traveled to Disney World. We knew that we would be spending long days in the parks, without easy accessibility to him. Our concern for his comfort and safety in the Florida heat led us to the decision to have him sit this one out! We sure missed our four legged friend, but knew that leaving him at home with family was the safest decision for him.

How does your dog like the bus?

Boone adores the bus! He is always thrilled to go on the next great adventure with us! Even when we aren’t on the road, we will often find him taking a little nap inside on the bed or couch.

dog sleeping with head on pillow on couch on converted school bus
Boone loves to be on the bus, even at home!

Where does your dog ride while driving?

While we are driving, Boone is usually found sleeping. Usually he naps on the bed, but sometimes he switches it up and wants to cuddle next to the passenger on the couch. We have this spill-proof water dish so he can always have access to fresh, clean water on the road.

Do campgrounds allow pets?

Generally, yes. Always double check before you assume, because there are certain circumstances in which they do not. When we are on the road, we try to boondock, or camp on dispersed land, as much as possible. Pets are universally allowed while boondocking. When we aren’t in a situation where boondocking opportunities are abundant, we stay at state or national campgrounds, or sometimes private camping resorts. Most often pets are allowed at these campgrounds, but it is best to call ahead or check their website for specifics on quantity of pets allowed, vaccine certificates required, and other rules. Remember, nearly all formal campgrounds require your pet to be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet in length at all times!

dog sitting next to campfire with moose toy in mouth with mountains in the background
Boone enjoying the great outdoors while boondocking near Grand Teton National Park; September 2021

More things to consider when traveling with pets:

  • Just because the state or national park you are visiting allows pets, not every trail or experience is safe for them. Please research the rules and regulations the park has in place to keep your furry friend free from harm!
  • Remember that your pet will not be the only animal in the park! Whether it be other pets, or even wild animals, stay alert and observant of your pet and your surroundings.
  • Have a first aid kit on hand. Even if you are dutiful and do everything right, accidents happen! Have a basic first aid kit on hand and know what human medications can be safely dosed for your pet.
  • Know where the nearest veterinary office is. Hopefully you won’t have to make a visit, but better safe than sorry!
  • Pay attention to your pet. Even though you might love traveling, they may not have the same lust for adventure as you. If they are showing signs of distress, know that maybe it is best if they sit the next trip out.

Our Pet Essentials

non spill grey and white dog water bowl

Non-spill dog water bowl

grey reflective comfort grip dog leash

Reflective comfort grip dog leash

cloth dog waste bag dispenser

Cloth dog waste bag dispenser

grey and black collapsable dog bowl with clip

Collapsable pet dish with clip

red dog boots

Dog boots with grip

navy blue dog hiking day pack harness

Dog hiking day pack

orange dog bone

Our favorite dog toy for aggressive chewers- floats, easy to spot, and made in the USA!

Do you travel with your pets? What are some tips and tricks you use to keep your pet safe and happy on the road?

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