Yes a dread can be pointed, as can any ship. I think what they were referring to is that most dreads die to masses of HICs/bubbles and either a nicely sized subcap fleet or a few caps, in nullsec. In lowsec theres no bubbles (HIC scripts still work though), so your dread has to be pointed to be prevented from warping off.
Travel-wise, I’d strongly suggest not gating the dread (unless you have scouts or backup ready), as it’s jump drive is an amazing tool for travelling safely, with either mobile cynos or force recon alts to light cynos.
However if you insist on gating, it’s really up to you. You might wanna roam with a pvp fit so if you get caught you atleast might have a nice fight. Alternatively you might wanna fit warp core stabs to avoid light tackle. You also might wanna fit stuff like an ECM burst if you do that. I don’t have any idea what a good travel fit dread would look like so this is just opinion from someone who really has no business discussing moving dreads, FYI.