- Find a Pet-Friendly Campground: Do your research by calling up the authorities at the campgrounds to find out if your pet is welcome. They are also the best people to give you region-specific tips to keep your pet safe.
- Book a Campsite Well in Advance: Don’t just assume that you will get a campsite. Campgrounds routinely get full during high seasons. Stay safe and book your site well in advance.
- Pack a Canine-Specific First Aid Kit: Your first aid kit should be geared to tackle canine-specific emergencies. For example, hydrogen peroxide to treat accidental ingestion of toxic plants is a must.
- Take Your Dog to the Vet for a Thorough Check Up: Get your pet all checked up before leaving home.
- Carry an Extra Leash: Leashes and collars can break. Dogs tend to get more excited when they are in unknown territories. This means the collar and leash have to withstand more violent tugs. Carry an extra pair of leash and collar just in case.
- Tie-Outs are Essential: To stop your dog from venturing out or invading the neighboring campsite, it’s best to bring along a sturdy tie-out.
- Buy Biodegradable Poop Bags: Poop management is essential. Carry a biodegradable poop bag so you can bury the poop without the guilt of pollution.
- Carry a Few Different Types of Pet Medications: Buy dog medications online before you head out. It’s a good idea to carry anti-anxiety meds and pills for treating nausea.
- Make Sure All the Documents Are in Order: Make sure all your dog’s documents including registration paper, vaccination record, and medical records are with you when traveling. Some campgrounds check vaccination records before allowing entry.
- Conduct Regular Training Sessions Leading Up to the Trip: It’s critical that your dog listens to you when out on the road. Your dog should be trained to quickly respond to commands such as “leave it” and “come here”.
- Get Your Dog Used to Wearing Doggie Shoes: Dogs take time to adjust to shoes. Make sure you walk your dog regularly with the shoes on before the camping trip.
- Check the Local Weather: Bad weather can ruin your trip and it’s worse when you are traveling with a dog. Check the weather forecast before booking the campsite. Also, check the local weather just before leaving home.
- Get Your Dog Microchipped: Microchipping is a routine procedure that proves that you are the owner of the dog. It also gives you a greater chance of finding your dog if it gets lost during the trip.
Going camping with dogs provides a great bonding opportunity for pets and their human parents. Dogs make amazing camping partners as they are usually fit enough to trek for hours. They are also quite happy sharing a sleeping space inside the tent with their parents. If you pick the right camping site and take certain precautions, you are up for an amazing adventure with your dog. To stay safe this camping season, the following are 13 essential tips for overnight camping with your pet.
Clive Williams is an Animal Enthusiast and the father of two dogs, Nica and Venom.