Travel With Your Pet

Here are our tips to succeed

Chien qui regarde dehors
Photo : Audrey Roman

If you are planning to live on the road and want your four-legged friend to join you, it is imperative that you set up your vehicle properly so that he or she doesn’t lack for anything.

Whether it’s a dog, a cat, or even a hamster, it’s actually possible to take your pet on the road. For some people, having a pet with them can be reassuring. For others, it’s just too heartbreaking to leave them at home. Whatever the reason, it’s clear that they deserve a special place to become a loyal partner in your adventures.

We consulted our incredible community of RoadLofters for their best tips and tricks for traveling with your furry friend. Yes, traveling in a small space can be restrictive, but we think the following tips will help.

Here they are :

1. Slowly Get Your Pet Used To It

Start with short outings of a few hours, especially if he is not used to being in the vehicle and driving. The goal is to expose him to different environments to validate his ability to adapt. 

Chien qui dort dans un kit Roadloft
Photo : Marie-Chantal Pouliot-Leclerc

2. Do Not Change Your Habits Too Much

With the same idea, for a dog that is already following you around, this is not really relevant. However, if you want to bring your pet cat with you and it has never set foot outside, it is important to leave it inside your vehicle. Otherwise, once you get home, it’s a safe bet that your cat will want to run away and explore every corner of your neighborhood. To do this, the following are recommended:

It is also important to bring some personal belongings. Animals are territorial, especially cats. By bringing items that have its scent, the animal will be more confident in his new environment.

3. Provide A Special Space for Your Pet

On The Bed

If your pet is used to sleeping near you, it may be necessary to make room for them in your bed. Fortunately, the RoadLoft mattress has dimensions of 80″ L X 48″ W X 2.5″ H, which normally gives you enough room to sleep with your pet.

Between the Bed and The Front Seats

Also, you can move the driver’s seats as far forward as possible to free up space. This creates a nice space between the driver’s seats and the bed for your pet. If you’re traveling alone, you can also opt for the solo conversion kit, which frees up space by cutting the bench seat in half.

On The Passenger Seat

Another alternative would be to make room for your pet in the front passenger seat with a small bed or cushion. This obviously depends on the size of your pet, but it seems that they are particularly comfortable there.

Chien bien installé en camping
Photo : Michèle Coulombe

4. Plan

Legally (and fortunately) it is forbidden to leave your pet alone in your vehicle, unless it has enough fresh air and the car is parked in a shady area. For optimal comfort, mini fans with a USB connection are a good alternative. We talk about all the ways to ventilate your car in hot weather in this article.

It is also essential to leave a water bowl for your pet when you travel to avoid dehydration.

If you’re planning on going on a full day trip, there is the Rover app. This app offers pet sitting, house sitting, walking and daycare services. It is easy to use.

Also, if you plan to cross the border, bring your pet’s vaccination record and be sure they are up to date. You never know. 

5. Provide a Litter Box

This can be an irritant for many. However, RoadLofters have told us that disposable litter boxes sold in several supermarkets are an ideal solution for travel. Just change it when the time comes. When you are on the road, you can place it under the table. At night, you can place the litter at the foot of the driver or front passenger seat.

6. Do Your Research

Some pets are allowed on certain beaches after peak periods. Why not take advantage of this time to travel? Also, as the temperature is often cooler during these periods, it will be more pleasant for your pet to be in nature.

Chien qui dort sur la route

With these tips, you should be able to bring your pet along for some out-of-the-ordinary adventures. But remember, it’s important to make your pet feel at home.

Check out some photos of some of the furry members of the RoadLoft community below! We also have a testimonial from Philippe and Marilyn, who travel with Lou. 

Have a good trip!

Pacha qui se prélasse en camping
Photo : Catherine Elisabeth Loiselle