Paws on Tour: Travel tips for dog-owning caravanners
As every caravan owner knows, travelling with pets can be difficult, so here’s our top tips to help make the experience as smooth as possible.
Whether you’re going on a day trip or a two-week holiday abroad, it’s important to plan! To make your trip easier and less stressful for you and your furry friend, check what pet-friendly venues are near your destination — you never know when you’ll need a pub or café to recoup your energy in.
Check the weather
Wherever you’re heading, check the weather! This will give you some guidance on what to pack and how to organise your trip. Raining? Pack some extra towels to wipe off muddy paws.
Take plenty of breaks
Taking regular breaks can help your pet become more comfortable. If you’re travelling with a pooch, this gives them time to stretch their legs.
Make sure they’re secure
This could include a special harness that clips onto the seat belt, keeping them secure and reducing the risk of them jumping onto you while driving. Alternatively, your pet may be more comfortable travelling in a crate — you can use plenty of blankets to make it comfy and easier for them to relax.
Webbox Natural Sausages
Complete pet food for adult dogs and puppies from 1 month, our Webbox Natural Sausages contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives contains added fish oil to promote healthy skin & coats, and has added prebiotics to aid healthy digestion. Available online and in Morrisons stores.
Webbox Natural Yak Cheese Bar
Sometimes your dog just needs a good, tasty treat to snack on for a few hours while you enjoy some peace in the sun. For this, you’ll need our Webbox Natural Yak Cheese Bar, one of the most popular additions to our Webbox Natural range. Not only are these long-lasting treats rich in protein, they also help to clean teeth and prevent tartar build-up. Available online and in Morrisons stores.
Best Dog-friendly Sites
Wareham Forest Tourist Park, Dorset
A quiet, 55-acre woodland site that dogs and owners will love to explore. Take a walk from site into the surrounding Wareham Forest or head to the coast at Poole and Bournemouth.
There’s a large play area for children along with a heated pool open during the summer. The whole park is surrounded by tracks, trails and plenty of walking opportunities. The site has grass and hardstanding pitches set among the trees, with a licensed shop, toilets and showers.
Old Oaks Touring, Glamping & Camping, Somerset
This award-winning, adults only site is doggy heaven! There’s a secure dog walking area where mutts can run free, the on-site shop sells dog treats and doggy ice cream and there’s a dog shower for any pets who like to get muddy.
You can walk from the site to Glastonbury Tor and explore many local footpaths. Pitches are all-weather and range from electric to fully serviced. On site facilities include luxury showers, a fishing lake and takeaway food nights.
STAR PET — WIN!
We’ve teamed up with leading pet food brand, Webbox, to offer one lucky winner a delicious £25 hamper of dog food and treats from the Webbox Natural range. All you need to do is to send a photo of your pet with you on tour to [email protected] Not only will the lucky dog win the hamper, they will also see their face printed in the next issue!