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pet travel

Most pet owners won’t leave home without their beloved animal and van owners are not different. A converted van may be limited in space, but that doesn’t bother Fido. As long as his boss is nearby, nobody is complaining.
Yet there are some restrictions to having a pet on board. The 600 mile daily stretch, to do the cross-country trip in as few days as possible is history. Doggie may not like driving that much and regular stops with long walks may relieve him in more than one way.


Your Destination

Travel starts at home with extra planning for Fido in mind. I always check the destination for opportunities I can share with my pet. That means NO National Parks as they are, for the most part, quite pet UN-friendly.
The opposite is true for our National Forests and State Parks, that have fewer restrictions and more hiking opportunities. Other less known organizations that offer hiking and camping are the Bureau of Land Management (primarily in the West) and the Army Corps of Engineers with locations often centered around lakes and dams.

For local, dog friendly possibilities I often turn to websites like, or, each with a different approach to pet inclusion. It has to be said that most private campgrounds accept pets, but I’m not a regular user of them, for other reasons.

A Few Simple Rules

With more campers, hikers and more pets, we all have to make an effort, to limit the impact we have on our surroundings. That is certainly true in these highly concentrated areas like camgrounds and trails. So follow these rules when you’re in the outdoors:

To Keep Your Buddy Happy

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