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Are Campervans Dog Friendly?

A question we get asked a lot here at Under The Stars Campervan Hire is “are campervans dog friendly?”. We know how important it is to have your four-legged family member with you, so we’re delighted to say that yes, campervans are (in most cases) dog friendly.

But - and this is a big but! - there are a lot of things you need to consider before you go on

your dog friendly campervan holiday. You know your dog better than anyone, so you’ll know

their specific needs, but we do have some advice.

Below, we’ve outlined the most important things you need to think about before taking your

dog on a campervan or motorhome holiday.

Tips For Travelling With Your Dog(s) in a Campervan

Having a campervan holiday with your dog doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. Your

pup might actually really love it. However, there are some tips and tricks that you can

implement that will make it as smooth an experience as possible.

Safety first

Safety needs to come first, last and always when you’re driving in general. When you’re

driving with your dog, you of course need to drive safely, but there are other things to think

about. Your dog will most likely need a crate or harness to keep them safe while you’re

driving. It’s also important to remember to not leave your dog in the campervan alone for

long periods of time.

Campervan hire

If you’re going to be hiring a campervan from Under The Stars Campervan Hire, instead of

using your own, always check with the company in advance that their campervans are

actually dog friendly. They might have some

campervans that are more suited for your dog than others and they should be able to give

you advice.


Do you have a set routine with your dog? Perhaps you go for your first W-A-L-K at 8 am,

followed by breakfast. Or perhaps you have playtime at 6 pm and they settle down for the

evening at 8 pm.

Whatever your routine with your dog may be, it’s best to stick to it as best as possible. This

helps them feel more at home - big changes to the routine could make your dog feel


Home Comforts

Having the sights and smells that you have at home in your campervan can help your dog

settle. If you can, bring their bed, lead and favourite toys from home. This familiarity can be

soothing and remind your dog of their safe space.


It’s common to experience extremes of temperature on campervan holidays, especially if

you’re travelling during the summer months.

To keep cool, use blinds in your campervan. They do a really good job of keeping the sun

out, so it doesn’t get too hot in there. You can also use dog friendly cooling mats and having

an easily-accessible water supply is really important.

To keep warm, you can use blankets, electric heaters and hot water bottles especially

designed for pets.

Checklist: Packing for Your Dog

● Any necessary medication

● Any necessary insurance documents

● Food & water bowls

● Bed

● Toys

● First aid kit

● Towel

● Lead

● Poo bags

● Any grooming essentials

● Treats & chews

● Details of nearby vets

All of our campervans at Under the Stars Campervans are dog friendly! We offer campervan

hire in the North West of England, perfect for Lake District campervan holidays. To see our

campervans, click here. Take a look around our website to find out more about hiring from

Under the Stars Campervans and read our tips and advice for having the best campervan

holiday in the UK.


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