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Our guide to choosing the ideal campsite

Welcome to Effective Campervans blog. This month we look at tips on how to choose the best campsite for your needs and for travelling with a dog.

Choosing the ideal campsite

You may have a perfect destination in mind but with so much choice out there, picking the perfect campsite can be a difficult task. Have a read through our handy tips to help you decide.

  1. Make a list

It might seem obvious but make a list of your needs. Do you enjoy sitting around a campfire? If so check that the site allows this, because some don’t. You may require a well stocked shop on site or nearby, especially if you’re staying for a long time. Check in advance to avoid disappointment.

  1. Look online

If you know where you want to go you can search within the local area, or use an online campsite finder to narrow down your search further.

  1. Ask around

Nothing beats a recommendation from a friend or family member. You can trust them to give their honest opinion to get a better idea of what to expect. So don’t be afraid to ask for advice.

  1. Keep your eyes peeled

When you’re out and about in your campervan you may spot campsites that appeal to you. Make a note for future reference.

Travelling with a dog in your campervan

When planning this year’s holiday, we know many people will be taking their dog or dogs into consideration and bringing them along too. If you haven’t taken your dog on holiday before, it can seem like a daunting prospect, but it is very much doable, particularly if you intend to spend your holiday in a campervan. As long as there is enough space for your dog in your van, and you have chosen a site where pets are allowed, the possibilities are almost limitless when it comes to campervanning with a pooch.

Here we have some simple tips to help you when travelling with a dog on board:

  • If your campervan is new or your dog has never travelled in it before, it is advisable to acclimatise them to it before undertaking a long journey. Remember to reward your dog with a short walk or treat each time you make a stop. You may want to park up overnight on your driveway prior to your holiday and spend the night in your campervan with your dog. Let your dog choose their spot within the vehicle and provide any treats there.
  • Dogs should never be left unattended in a campervan particularly when the weather is hot. Make sure fresh air is circulating through the vehicle while driving too, either from the air-con or an open window.
  • If your dog doesn’t travel well and is prone to becoming very anxious while travelling, speak to your vet about using mild sedatives. This will help to alleviate stress for all involved!
  • Make sure you’re stopping for regular toilet breaks on a long journey.
  • If your dog is old or small you may need a ramp for easy access.

Useful equipment for holidaying with dogs

Below is a selection of available equipment that you may not need, but it’s definitely worth considering.

  • Water bowls and food bowls designed to prevent spills and tipping while travelling or a travel water bottle.
  • A short length of hose for washing dogs after mucky walks or a bucket and cloth if no tap is available for a hose.
  • Microfibre travel towels, or spare old towels.
  • Removable, washable seat covers.
  • If you’re travelling in summer, it may be wise to invest in a fan.
  • Tethers to keep the dog from wandering off outside the campervan and a dog travel harness.
  • A bed or blanket to mark out your dog’s sleeping space.
  • Another thing to bear in mind is that pet passports, microchips and certain vaccinations and worming treatments are compulsory when travelling between countries with your pet.

Please feel free to add any comments in the box below if you have any of your own tips to add.

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