Camping with Dogs | What to Pack for a Camping Adventure with your Four Legged Friend
One of the luxuries of camping is being able to take your canine companion with you on your adventures. However, camping with dogs requires a bit of thought when it comes to packing their doggy bag.
Your dog no doubt loves to explore the great outdoors and a camping trip is the perfect way for you and your four-legged friend to experience new sights, sounds and scenery together. To enjoy all the fun and frolics of wide-open spaces, hiking and riverside walks with your canine companion, your camping with dogs’ survival kit should look something like this…
1. Dog identification tags
First item in the doggy bag should be ID tags. You can put these on your pooch prior to your trip or put them on as soon you arrive on site. The tags should include a phone number that you can be contacted on while camping. It helps to carry a spare set of tags too, just in case.
A collar is essential, but prior to your trip, check that your dog’s existing collar fits properly. Your dog has no doubt been wearing the same collar for some time. It’s possible that it could come loose during an active camping holiday.
3. Something familiar
While your dog probably enjoys an adventure, there’s no substitute for home comforts. New sounds and surroundings, especially at night, could cause alarm to your dog. Having their sleeping basket or favourite chew toy on hand will help to calm your canine down, and prevent them from disturbing the entire campsite.
4. Short dog lead
New settings and new spaces can make even the best-behaved dogs a tad excitable! Having been cooped up in the car for the journey, a dog’s first instinct as soon as the boot opens is to make a dash for it. It’s best to put a lead on them before you open the doors to stop them darting off into unfamiliar surroundings and getting lost.
Now, don’t be shocked, but not everyone likes dogs. You have a responsibility to keep your dog under control on site and be sensitive to other campers who aren’t a fan of the four-legged animal variety. Keeping your dog on a short lead keeps them close to you, making them less likely to scare unsuspecting children and even some adults!
5. An extendable lead
If you’re not a fan of your dog diving head-first into a river, canal or anything else that contains water, but you don’t want to stop them exploring, packing the extendable lead is worth doing.
It keeps you in control during those riverside, lakeside or canalside walks, but gives your dog licence to roam and take in all the smells, sights and sounds without them venturing where you don’t want them to go. However, be aware that when camping on a Club Site, your lead must extend no longer than 2m.
6. Tie out stake
Camping with dogs can be an all-action affair. When you need a bit of break after a long walk or a game of ‘fetch’, you can secure your dog safely outside your tent, caravan or motorhome with a tie out stake. They can wander and mooch and you don’t have to worry about them taking off. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times on our Club Sites so unless you’re planning on keeping your dog inside all day, this is a must.
Food and water bowls are essential. While your dog may happily eat off the floor or drink from a puddle, allowing them to do so for the entirety of a camping trip could make this behaviour hard to change when you return home.
If you’re planning to hike as part of your camping trip, take a collapsible bowl to give your dog drinking water.
It’s tempting to toss your dog food from the barbecue, but it’s not the best idea to change your dog’s eating habits, it could lead to a poorly pooch. Take your dog’s regular food on your camping trip and give them the odd treat here and there.
If you’re out for the day, water might not be readily available – especially if it’s a warm day. Having bottled water ready to fill up your dog’s bowl is essential in order to keep them hydrated. It’s handy to have in the car on the journey to the campsite too.
10. Poo bags
Bodily functions don’t come with a warning, so be prepared with plenty of poo bags. To keep dog-friendly campsites, dog-friendly, it’s common courtesy to clean up after your four-legged friend. Dog fouling is both frowned upon and could land you with a fine. Pack plenty of poo bags to dispose dog mess responsibly.
Handy to have if it rains and for cleaning your dog down on, following a day of adventuring.
12. Lots of towels
Speaking of cleaning your dog down, bring plenty of towels. Your canine companion is likely to get wet and muddy during your adventures, making an endless supply of towels a must!
13. Glow sticks
While you’re unlikely to be camping with your dog at Glastonbury, glow sticks are useful for attaching to your dog’s collar. It makes it easier to spot them in the dark on the camp site. They’re useful to have when taking your dog out for a nightly walk and for alerting motorists, driving on site, to your dog’s presence. Make sure your dog doesn’t use this as a chew toy however! The chemicals shouldn’t be poisonous but your dog certainly won’t enjoy the taste.
14. First-aid kit
Dogs can get hurt and ill too. Pack a first-aid kit and make sure it contains hydrogen peroxide. It’s great for cleaning cuts to paws and legs, but could potentially save your dog’s life should they eat something they shouldn’t have. A small amount will make your dog bring up anything they shouldn’t have swallowed, but you should always speak to a veterinarian first before using this method.
We make camping with dogs easy. With over 60 Club Sites that all allow dogs and many Certificated Sites that also would be happy to host your four legged friend. Welcoming your pet is our pleasure.