Prepare (but pack light).
Camping with your pet means being gotten ready for anything, but you don’t want to overpack and run the risk of having too much to carry, or no space in the Recreational Vehicle for your pooch! This outdoor camping packing list for your pet dog will get you started:.
Committed doggy water bottle and collapsible/lightweight food and water bowls (keep in mind to bring a packable filtration system if you’ll be counting on a water source at the site).
Pet backpack for day walkings.
Sleeping pad and blanket to keep your pooch relaxing in the evening (a kid-sized sleeping bag from your local thrift shop is a terrific option).
Reflective leash/collar and clip-on flashing light.
Emergency treatment package as described above.
Keep in mind, you do not have to break the bank to obtain your canine prepared for camping. If you’ll be hiking, check out our treking gear guide for some handy basics. But if you’re simply headed out for a relaxing campsite stay, there’s a likelihood you already have the “gear” you need in the house.
Practice excellent campground etiquette.
Utilize a leash or that rock-solid recall command to keep your dog out of strangers’ camping sites, and be sure to select up and correctly dispose of your canine’s waste. For optimum safety and enjoyment, your canine should stick near you at all times, and must never be left without supervision at the camping site, in a vehicle, or on the path.
Of course, sometimes you may have to restrict your puppy for safety or benefit (say, while you’re roasting hotdogs over the fire and a particular four-legged good friend is identified to snag a sausage of her own). If your pet is dog crate trained, a portable, lightweight, fabric-walled dog crate is an important addition to your camp package!
Have a good time!
Camping with your dog is a great way to get away from it all and bond with your best friend. And nothing beats snuggling up with a dog in a relaxing tent, the scent of campfire still remaining in the air.