The Essential Dog accessories for traveling in and RV. Below is a short list of my recommended Items.
Portable Outside Dog Fence (or pen)
Instead of tying your dog up to the RV, the nearest tree, or keeping them in the RV for any longer than necessary, a portable dog fence or pen allows your dog to stretch their legs and get some fresh air. Collapsible pens can unfold to give an impressive amount of space giving the dog some freedom while also adhering to most pet-friendly parks “on a leash” or “contained” rules regarding dogs. Collapsible Fences can be folded up and stowed without taking up too much room. In fact, this fence and the dog crate below actually connect together!
Collapsible Dog Kennel (or crate)
Much like the dog fence, a wire collapsible dog crate can serve many purposes. If your dog is already crate trained, it can provide a safe place and keep your dog more comfortable on the road. It can be used while your RV is stationary and also while driving. A dog crate can protect your dog from sliding around the RV cabin while you are traveling. And it can keep loose items from falling on or hitting your dog.
Wire crates are open on all sides and allow better airflow to keep your dog cool on a hot day. They are also super easy to clean and more durable than a rigid plastic crate. Keeping a collapsible kennel or crate onboard is very convenient because it is easy to store or move in and out of the RV if needed. This Dog Kennel provides a safe place to stay when traveling or camping.
Automatic Generator Start Controller
One of the biggest fears for pet owners while away from their RV is that the power will go out and the AC will stop running. This can certainly be a life-threatening situation. The best way to handle this situation is to install an Automatic Generator Start Controller.
While a rambunctious young pup may not have any issue making the leap into or out of an RV, adult dogs or senior dogs may need some extra support to get in and out of your RV. A foldable dog ramp is ideal for those dogs who need a little extra help.
And a dog ramp will prevent you from straining your back every time you need to lift your dog into the rig. Introduce your dog to the new ramp slowly and it can give your dog the confidence it needs to access your RV easily.
The most important features to look for when buying a dog ramp are sturdiness, good traction, length (if the ramp is 6′ or shorter it may be too steep for your dog to climb), and it should be foldable.
Collapsible Dog Bowl
You should always provide fresh water for your pooch but with moving around, packing, and unpacking the RV, their stationary bowl from home isn’t always practical. There are many different types of water bowls out there for dogs ranging from water bottle and bowl combos to hard plastic spill-proof bowls.
Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages but the best dog bowls are multifunctional. Try to find dog bowls that are collapsible, sturdy, super easy to clean, dishwasher safe, and big enough to use not only as a water bowl but also as a food bowl.
This type of bowl allows you to not only use them as stationary bowls while at camp, but to fold them up and bring them along on hikes that Fido gets to join on too! I recommend the Kurgo Bowl. Seriously, it’s the best and I’ve tried A LOT of bowls!
First Aid Kit
Injuries can sometimes happen when camping and hiking so always make sure that you have a Dog First Aid Kit in the RV. I am always surprised by how many RVers don’t have a first aid kit for themselves or their pets. So, have one on hand and hopefully, you will never need it!