For many families, animals are not just part of the family – they are family. Richard Mackney from Derbyshire owns a four-berth Volkswagen Transporter T5 conversion and loves to explore the coastline of the UK with his family and that includes Teddy the Cocker Spaniel:
“We think that any camping with dogs is great as we all get to get out of the house and experience time with each other and that includes our fifth member of the family Teddy. Many sites are geared up for dogs and have dedicated dog walking areas. All other campers with dogs are quick to say hello and are happy to have a bit of of a doggy introduction.”
Of course, there are practical issues to consider though – motorhomes and campervans can be compact so you’ll need to work out where the dog will sleep:
“Teddy probably feels it’s a downgrade as he usually gets the run of the house, switching between rooms at night as he seeks out each member of the family. But in the campervan we’re all in one tiny space. He sleeps on the double front bench seat in his bed, but occasionally we let him on to our lower double. There’s no chance he’s getting into the roof double with the kids!”
Dogs need to feel at home when they are away in the van and can be sensitive to a change in routine so it can help to pack familiar-smelling things from home including bedding, towels and toys. What might seem stinky to us can be really comforting for a homesick pup.
Most sites will insist that dogs are kept on a lead unless they are in exercise areas – this is for the safety and comfort of all campers. You might love your dog but a small child with an ice cream might not agree.