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Ditch the Dog-Sitter Tips and Tricks to Make the Most out of Van Life with your Pup

Van life is all about exploring the great outdoors, em”bark”ing on adventures, and just getting out there! Sharing these moments with the people you love makes those memories even more enjoyable. So who better to have as a co-pilot on your adventures than your four-legged friends? Van life with a dog can seem daunting at times, but with a little preparation and some smart choices, it can be a wonderful and fulfilling experience for both you and your pup. Here are some travel tips for making life easier and more enjoyable whenever you hit the road without having to worry about leaving your furry friend behind.
First things first, make sure your campervan is dog-friendly. This means having enough space for your pup to move around comfortably, a designated sleeping area for them, and a secure place to store their food/water bowls, toys, and other necessities. Fortunately, Field Van ensures that all our vans maximize storage space, and we can customize your layout to keep your dog in mind. Another thing to consider installing is a dog ramp or custom steps to help your dog get in and out of the van easily. Next, plan your route and research dog-friendly destinations. National forests, regional parks, and BLM land are great options for outdoor adventures with your pup. Be sure to check the rules and regulations of each place beforehand to avoid any restrictions on dogs. Note that most National parks require pets to be on a leash and typically restrict them to paved areas. Pro Tip: You never can go wrong with making a pit stop at a dog park, allowing them to get their energy out and stretch their legs! Here is a link to Bring Fido that lists many of the off leash dog parks throughout the U.S. Pack smart. Bring plenty of food, treats, and water for your dog as well as any medications and first aid supplies they may need. Make sure not to forget those extra doggy bags and wet wipes to keep your pup clean and fresh on the road! Most importantly, make sure your dog is comfortable with van life before heading out. Test the waters by taking them on longer drives to get them used to the van and help them associate it with positive experiences. Using positive reinforcements to reward good behavior and make the van a happy and safe place for them. Enjoy the journey! Van life with a dog can be the starting point to epic adventure while bonding with your furry companion and creating unforgettable memories together. The possibilities are endless. Ready to hit the road with your furry companion? Give Field Van a call today: (559) 233-8267