Last Updated on 11/23/2023 by Glynn Willard
There are certainly some necessary beardie essentials whether you are stationary or live fulltime in an RV.
You’re here for solutions, so here’s our list of bearded dragon supplies we used in our house and traveling in our RV.
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You can also find all the specific gear we use on our Traveling Bearded Dragon gear page.
- A sturdy cage with front doors is crucial since it will undergo a lot more movement. If you’re stationary, not having to move heating lamps is great!
- A good quality thermometer like this one for your bearded dragon’s cage is imperative to make the proper adjustments for proper cage temperature.
- A pet carrier for your beardie in the vehicle is absolutely necessary if things get stressful for your beardie or they’re too rambunctious.
- Rechargeable hand warmers under their bedding will keep your beardie warm if the ambient temperature in the vehicle is cool.
- HotHands Hand Warmers are our plan B if the power runs out on the rechargeable hand warmers.
- Poop pads are a necessity in the vehicle for obvious reasons. They also work great to line the cage.
- Sterilite Storage Containers make a great bathtub for your beardie. It’s easy to add the proper temperature water under the sink.
- It’s important to have a thermometer to test the water temperature for your beardie’s bath [between 85 and 100F (29.4 and 37.7C)]. Of course we use this one for cooking as well.
- “In car” treats help keep your beardie happy on long rides and can satiate any hunger temporarily.
- Keeping your insects in a sturdy carrier makes it easy to stash them in a “nook” and have them available when you’re in remote locations.
- Beardie Buffet is our go to if no insects are available. It’s not a permanent fix, but it solves a problem temporarily.
- Zilla Reptile Munchie Omnivore Mix is a nice treat and variation for some additional vegetables. We almost always have fresh veggies on hand, but sometimes the right food is unattainable. This holds us over.
- Fluker’s Calcium Reptile Supplement is necessary for getting enough calcium into your beardie. Just don’t overuse it.
- Seriously, a hamper!? Yes, this works great to allow your beardie a chance to hang outside in the sunlight without the fear of birds of prey.
- We used a small pet bed for our beardie both in the truck and in the travel trailer. If your beardie is not into a bed like this, it also seconds as a wrap to carry them, keeping them warm.
- We used an older version of this lamp and it survived A LOT of movement. You’ll need two. One for heat bulbs and one for UV bulbs.
- For cool evenings in a sticks and bricks home or an RV, you’ll need a dome to hold the heating element (below) to keep your beardie’s cage warm.
- Always keep one spare ceramic heat emitter on hand. Can you see a trend? With any reptile, you need redundancy in your supplies.
- Always, always keep extra heat lamp bulbs on hand. They don’t last as long as they should. We never found a brand that lasted any longer.
- Your beardie needs UV light. Make sure you’re ordering the correct wattage for your pet. This brand worked fine for us.
- Cleaning your beardie’s cage with any type of standard household cleaner is not safe. Keep a safe cage cleaning product like this on hand. It lasts a long time and we never had any foul odor.
- Our beardie, Max always enjoyed a good walk. Initially, he didn’t like a leash, but it didn’t take him long to make the association. We always stayed in wild remote locations, so for his safety, a leash was essential.
Traveling fulltime in an RV with a bearded dragon comes with a few challenges, but none are deal breakers.
If you’re considering taking a beardie on a long road trip or fulltime.