Summer is here, and I for one can not wait to get outside. With more and more parks and camp spots becoming dog friendly what better...

Summer is here, and I for one can not wait to get outside. With more and more parks and camp spots becoming dog friendly what better time than now to take you best friend on a holiday with you

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Hope is new to us and we can not  wait to take her on our family holidays with us. Having had dogs before I’ve found that camping with dogs is not really much different than that of traveling with your dog, there are some specific things that are good to pack for dog-friendly camping, road trips, and outdoor adventures.

Tips for Camping with Dogs + a dog camping packing list!

Here is my dog travel packing bible and some tips for going on road trips and camping with dogs.

  • Medication & vaccination: Make sure your pet is current on all recommended vaccinations and monthly flea, tick, and heartworm medication(s). For extra protection against fleas and ticks, consider packing something like this insect-repellent and reflective (good for black dogs!) neck gaiter.
  • License, microchip, and vaccination records: Important in case your dog is lost, injured, or your campsite requires proof of vaccinations–some do!
  • Collar and leash: Dogs need to be kept on leash at most campsites and on many trails.
  • List of dog-friendly hiking trails: Do some research in advance to identify places where dogs are (and are not) allowed.
  • Food and water: Bring a sufficient supply of dog food and clean drinking water, if there isn’t a clean water supply at your campsite.
  • Food and water bowls: One each to leave at the campsite, and one water bowl to take hiking. I have a collapsible silicon bowl which is great for hiking — it folds down easy for travel and snaps onto the outside of your hiking pack so you don’t have to put the slobbery thing back in your pack.

Tips for Camping With Dogs -- a collapsible water bowl

  • A tie out cable: Most campsites require your dog to be tied up on-site. A 20-foot reflective cable can be tied to a tree or the leg of a picnic table. If you aren’t sure whether or not your site will have anything to attach the cable to, bring a stake.
  • Blanket or mat to sleep on: This travel mat has a water-resistant nylon backing and soft flannel interior and it rolls up with a handle for easy carrying. If it’s especially cold, consider bringing something warmer like a compact dog bed, or even a children’s insulated sleeping bag.
  • Tick remover: Bring tweezers or a tick remover to safely remove ticks. If the dog’s hair is long, remember to bring a comb
  • An old towel: For wiping off water or mud.
  • A favorite toy: A frisbee, ball, squeaky toys, treat dispensing toys — whatever your dog likes.

Camping-themed squeaky toys (pictured): BeaverS’moresHot dog

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Safe Travels

Dave