Embarking on a Campervan walking holiday with your dog is an exciting adventure that promises freedom, fresh air, and unforgettable moments. Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or a first-time explorer, this comprehensive guide will help you plan the ultimate road trip with your canine companion.
All VanGlorious vans are pet friendly. There is bags of room for your pooch, so whether they travel in a crate, or on the seat or floor, we have got you covered. There is room in the boot for a large crate, and also in the cabin too. Just make sure your crate and dog are tied in, so as to be safe (and legal) at all times! Soft crates are advised for the main cabin. However you would normally travel with your dog, can be achieved in the Campervan.
There are a couple of options for night time, and again, that depends on you and your dog! Inside the van with you works absolutely fine There is the pop top roof and the main cabin sleeping areas. We personally use the Drive Away awning (available to hire with your van). The crate gets covered in blankets to make it cosy and dark, and we have never had any issues.
Choosing the Right Route:
The key to a successful walking holiday lies in choosing dog-friendly routes that cater to both your and your dog’s preferences. Research trails with varied terrain, allowing your dog to experience different scents and environments. Consider factors like trail difficulty, length, and the presence of dog-friendly amenities such as water sources and waste disposal facilities. Also check out if it’s a ‘lead only’ route due to livestock etc. There are some beaches that do not allow dogs too, so do your research! (Yes, we have been caught out there!).
Packing Essentials for Your Pup:
To ensure your dog is comfortable and safe during the journey, pack a dedicated bag for their essentials. This should include a cozy dog bed, food and water bowls, nutritious treats, a leash, waste bags, and any necessary medications. Familiar toys can also help your dog feel at ease in the new environment.
Research and plan your overnight stops in advance, focusing on pet-friendly campsites. (The majority are, but best to check). Many campsites have designated dog walking areas, making it convenient for you to give your pup the exercise they need. Additionally, some sites may offer pet washing stations, ensuring a clean and happy travel companion.
Tailoring Your Itinerary:
Dogs, like humans, have different stamina levels. Tailor your walking itinerary to accommodate your dog’s energy levels, opting for shorter walks with frequent breaks. Research local dog-friendly attractions and plan stops where your pup can stretch their legs and explore new surroundings.
Prioritize your dog’s safety by checking the local regulations and wildlife considerations for each walking trail. Ensure your pup is up-to-date on vaccinations and flea/tick prevention. Carry a basic pet first aid kit and know the location of the nearest veterinary clinic along your route.
Entertainment for the Road:
Long drives can be tedious for both you and your dog. Pack entertainment for your pup, such as chew toys or puzzle feeders, to keep them occupied during the journey. Make frequent stops to allow your dog to relieve themselves and stretch their legs. And have a good sniff!