A lot of tent campers love taking their furry friend on a camping trip with them (myself included).
But it can be a nightmare trying to remember everything that you have to bring along for your dog.
This is especially true when all we’re worrying about is the items we have to bring along for ourselves and our family.
So in this article, I am laying out a dog camping checklist, to make your life easier for when you go on your next camping trip.
First Aid Kit
Your dog requires DIFFERENT types of items and medications that us humans use.
It is more than necessary to pack a first aid kit for the humans, and also pack one specifically for your dog.
Jacket and Booties
This is only needed if your dog has a small amount of fur or if the dog is small.
This is highly recommended if you are camping in cold conditions or when temperatures are known to dip by a lot during the early hours of the morning.
If you are staying in cold climates, then I suggest you use these for ANY dog anyway! No matter what type it is.
Not a must-have, but definitely helpful at nighttime.
Snap a glowstick and attach it to your dogs collar, this will allow you to see where the the dog is located, as you will notice the dog/glowstick moving around in the darkness.
It has helped me more times than I can remember, which is why I’m including it in this list.
Your dog is going to get dirty.
You will need to bring a dog brush with you to remove all the junk he catches in his coat.
Grass, thistles, leaves, dirt, pine needles, your dog is bound to pick these things while he’s out-and-about exploring with you.
Toys and Treats
If your dog has a favorite treat, I highly recommend you bring that with you.
Calming your dog down can be a stressful process, you can make it easier by providing great toys and treats that he loves.
This will stop your dog from getting bored.
Because a bored dog will result in him barking and annoying/disturbing other camp goers.
Towels JUST For Your Dog
In addition to the towels you are bringing for the humans, you should always bring a few more for your dog.
When your dog gets dirty, you can wash him off and dry him with the towel.
Bed and Tarp
You should not even hesitate to bring this with you.
You have a nice, warm, cozy bed to sleep in, so why not bring your dogs warm bed along too.
Your dog will thank you for it. Furthermore, MAKE SURE you bring an extra tarp.
Place it under your dogs bed to stop the grounds cold moisture from coming up and reaching the bed.
Need I say more?
Pick it up as soon as you notice it, because you wouldn’t like stepping in a big pile of poo, and neither does other camp goers. Stop this from happening in the first place.
Many campsites are incredibly strict when it comes to this anyway, so it is best to be ready for it.
When you camp with your dog, you have a huge responsibility.
You have to remember that the more people who don’t follow the rules, the higher the chances that the campsite owners will just stop allowing dogs altogether, ruining it for the rest of the campers.
Leash, Collar or Harness
As mentioned above, your dog is your responsibility.
You will need a high quality, STRONG leash and collar that is going to hold up when your dog decides it wants to lunge for something.
Whether that be for a wild animal, person, or other dog.
If your dog is small or behaved, and there aren’t many other dogs in the same area, a retractable leash works incredibly well, as it gives your dog more freedom to move around and explore with you.
Dog Chain and Stake
I would recommend a 20-foot strong lead or chain to allow more freedom in and around your camping area.
Your dog is going to be tied up a lot at your campsite, at least ensure that it’s not going to get away when you aren’t watching it.
And because a lot of campsites don’t let you tie your dog to a tree, you will be required to bring a stake with you. These work amazingly well.
A stake is a strong piece of equipment that sticks into the ground, it provides a place to tie your dog up to.
And because you can remove them and place them anywhere, makes for great convenience.
Dog Carrier or Crate
This is only necessary if your dog loves to run havoc in the car, because you will need to take it to the campsite, obviously.
A completely free dog in the car isn’t the best choice, as it can cause an accident.
I want you to stay safe, so this is the better option if your dog tends to stress you out while you are driving.
However, if your dog is well-behaved, then this step is not necessary.
I would also suggest some paper towels or baby wipes.
Because 50% of dogs tend to get sick on a long car ride, be prepared for when the inevitable does happen.
Don’t forget to use carpet cleaner too!
Dog Food and Water Bowl
Pretty self explanatory really. Your dog needs to eat and drink.
Your dog gets thirsty during the day, its bowl should always be filled with fresh water. Bring an extra amount for your dog.
I would also like to mention that you need to store all food away during the night to avoid attracting wildlife. This includes the dog food too.
Please note: DO NOT get your water from nearby rivers or lakes, they usually have bacteria, parasites, or chemicals, causing your dog to get sick.
Avoid this from happening by asking the local ranger. If it’s safe for humans, then it is safe for dogs as well.
Dog ID Tags
You should always ensure your dog is wearing his or her tags. Because it’s a possibility that your dog can get lost.
It is better to be safe than sorry.
The dog tag should have your phone number so you can be reached while you’re out camping.
There’s no point in having your home number because you won’t be there!
Most of these items I have included in this list are complete must-haves.
As in, you should not think twice about bringing them along with you, because they are needed.
You have to remember, when you camp with your dog, you have a huge amount of extra responsibility.
Know what to do and what not to do when you begin your trip with your dog.
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