Top 5 Ways to Vanlife with your Dog

Top 5 Ways to Vanlife with your Dog

Are you vanlifing it? Are you vanlifing it with a dog? If you're an animal lover like us, you never want to go anywhere without your four-legged buddy. And Whether you're a seasoned road tripper, or just getting your toes wet in the culture, traveling with your pet can raise some questions. Can my dog go to National Parks? What about vanlifing in the summer when the inside of your van is crazy hot? What to do, what to do. Luckily, we got you covered.  

We recently caught up with our good friend Kathleen Morton of Tiny House, Tiny Footprint and VanLife Diaries to hear her top 5 ways of making vanlifing with your furry best friend a breeze :-)

1. Explore areas off the beaten path. Opt for less crowded trails and campsites to have some quality time with your pup. Instead of going to a national park, visit the national forest or BLM nearby. Be sure to read the regulations on dogs and leash laws before visiting an area.

2. Take your dog with you into urban areas. Find restaurants and coffee shops that are dog-friendly so that you can get work done or simply enjoy a meal outside the van. It's a great way to meet other travelers with dogs and check out the local establishments.

3. Seek water when you can. Explore swimming holes or trails by rivers and creeks will help keep your dog hydrated and cool outside. Go on a kayak or rafting trip and bring your dog so you can swim and camp as much as you can.

4. Chase moderate temperatures in your van. In extreme temperatures, it's not safe to keep your dog inside your van. Check the weather reports and go to warmer areas in the winter and cooler spots in the summer. Consider renting a dog-friendly Airbnb or hotel room if it's unbearable to sleep in the van.

5. Look up gear that makes vanlife more enjoyable for your best friend. Do your research, but consider installing a ventilation fan and/or awning, rigging a lead line or purchasing a dog cooling vest. Ask around to other van owners for suggestions.

There you have it! You're ready to roll, so get out there and experience all the beauty that nature has to offer with your favorite pup! They'll definitely thank you for the adventure :-)

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