If you are considering adopting the Vanlife and want your four-legged companion to join you, it is imperative to properly equip your vehicle.

Wether it’s a dog, a cat, or even a hamster, it’s indeed possible to take your pet on the road. For some people, travelling with their pet is safe. 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 faithful partner in your adventures.

We consulted the large community of Roadlofters for their best tricks for travelling with your furry friend. Indeend, travelling in a confined space can be restrictive, but we believe that the following tips will help you.

Grand Danois
Photo from Audrey Roman

Slowly accustom your pet

Start with small outings lasting a few hours, especially if he is not used to being in the vehicle being on the road. The goal is to expose him to different environments to validate its ability to adapt.

Do not change its habits too much

In the same order of ideas, for a dog that already follows you everywhere, the next point isn’t really relevant. However, if you wish to bring your domestic cat with you and it has never set its paws outside, it will be important to leave it inside your vehicle when you return. Otherwise it’s a safe bet that he will want to run away to explore every corner of your neighborhood. To do this, the following elements are recommended:

  • Transport backpack
  • Harness
  • Rope of different lengths to let him explore as he pleases

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

Traveling with your pet
Photo from Catherine Elisabeth Loiselle (Pacha)

Provide space for your pet

Bed: If your pet is used to sleeping near you, it may be necessary to make a place for him at the foot of the bed. Fortunately, the Roadloft minivan mattress has dimensions of 80in x 48in, which normally provides enough space.

Between the bed and the driver’s seats: You can move the driver’s seats as far forward as possible to free up space for your pet. If you are traveling alone, you can also opt for the solo conversion kit which frees up space by cutting the bench and table in half.

Passenger seat: Another alternative is to make room for him on the front passenger seat by placing a piece of carpet or a cushion there. This obviously depends on the size of your animal. Philippe and Marilyn, who travel with Lou, opted for this option.

Traveling with your pet
Lou, on the passenger’s seat

Plan your trips

Taking your dog or kitty to the shower or to the grocery store is not easy. Legally (and fortunately) it is forbidden to leave your pet alone in your vehicle, unless it has sufficient clean air and the car is parked in a shaded area. Even in shaded areas, to ensure optimal comfort, mini fans with USB connection are a good alternative. We talk to you about all the ways to ventilate your vehicle in hot weather in this article. It is also essential to leave a bowl of water for your pet when traveling to avoid any dehydration.

If you are planning to go on a full day excursion, there is the Rover application which provides accommodation with a caretaker, home care, walking and daycare services. It is easy to use.

In addition, if you plan to cross the border, bring your pet’s vaccination record. We never know.

Provide a litter box

This point can be an irritant for many. However, Roadlofters have told us that disposable litters sold in supermarkets are a useful solution for traveling. Just change it when the time is right.

Do your research

Some animals are accepted on certain beaches after busy periods. Why not take advantage of this moment to travel? Also, as the temperature is often cooler there, it will be more pleasant for your pet to be in nature. With these tips, you should be able to bring your pet with you for out-of-the-ordinary adventures.

Check out some photos of some furry members of the Roadloft community below!