Camping with your Dogs: What you need to have on hand
As dog owner and lover of the great outdoors, I know firsthand the importance of having the right gear when taking your furry friend camping. From keeping them safe and comfortable to ensuring they have plenty of entertainment, having the right dog camping accessories is key to a successful and enjoyable trip. As a proud owner of two dogs myself, Ellie (a Husky cross) and Radar (a German Shepherd, Husky cross), I have plenty of experience when it comes to camping with my pups. In this post, I’ll share my top must-have accessories for taking your dog camping (or in my case, dogs).
Leashes and Collars
One of the most important accessories to have on hand when camping with your dog is a sturdy leash and collar. Not only will this keep your dog safe and secure, but it will also ensure that they don't wander off into the wilderness and get lost. I recommend a durable, waterproof leash and collar, such as a leather or nylon option. When we go camping with our pups we also bring along some long leads to be able to tie them, but also provide a large area for them to roam around and play. A reflective collar is also a good idea for camping, as it will make your dog more visible in low light conditions.
Food and Water Bowls
Keeping your dog hydrated and fed is essential when camping, so it's important to bring along lightweight, portable food and water bowls. Look for bowls that are made from durable, non-toxic materials and can be easily cleaned. It's also a good idea to bring along extra water and food, in case of any unexpected delays or changes in plans. If you struggle for space when packing for the trip it'll be worth considering gear to boil water. At times we run out of water for ourselves, but having the ability to boil water and allowing it to cool for drinking goes a long way when camping near a water source.
Bedding and Shelter
Just like humans, dogs need a comfortable place to sleep and rest. A portable dog bed or pad is a great option for camping, as it will provide a soft and supportive surface for your dog to sleep on. Additionally, a portable dog tent or shelter can provide a shaded and protected space for your dog to rest and relax. Our dogs sleep in the annex of our tent when camping, which works well for us and them. It's also a good idea to bring along a waterproof and insulated dog blanket for added warmth and protection.
Entertainment and Chew Toys
Dogs get bored just like humans do, so it's important to bring along some entertainment and chew toys to keep them occupied. A durable chew toy, such as a Kong, can keep your dog entertained for hours, while a frisbee or ball can provide some fun exercise. You may like to consider bringing along a few of your dog's favorite toys, as these will help to keep them calm and relaxed in a new environment.
Dog First Aid Kit
While you hope that your camping trip will be free of any accidents or injuries, it's always best to be prepared. A dog first aid kit should include items such as gauze, bandages, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, and scissors. You should also consider including any medication your dog takes regularly, such as heartworm or flea/tick preventatives. Having an extra leash and collar is also a good idea in case of any emergency situations. My personal favourite for dog first aid is the Survival Pet First Aid KIT this has pretty much everything you'll need, and even includes Doggy Bags (which we are about to touch on) and a silicon bowl for water on the go.
Don't forget to bring along doggy bags to pick up after your pet. Not only is it responsible, but it's also required by many campgrounds and parks.
If you’re planning on hiking or doing other activities with your dog, it’s worth investing in some dog-specific gear such as a dog backpack or dog-specific hiking boots to protect their paws. This will help keep them comfortable and safe while enjoying the great outdoors.
In conclusion, camping with your dog can be a fun and rewarding experience for both you and your furry friend. However, it’s important to have the right gear and accessories on hand to ensure a safe and comfortable trip for everyone. From leashes and collars, to food and water bowls, bedding and shelter, entertainment and chew toys, and a dog first aid kit, these are the must-have accessories for taking your dog camping. Remember, it’s also important to be mindful of your dog’s needs and to always be prepared for any unexpected situations.