Summer is the perfect time to go on a road trip and camp in the beautiful outdoors. It is also the opportunity to spend time and bond with your family.
In addition, it also gives the opportunity for you and your dog to connect with nature’s surroundings.
Taking your dog along on a camping trip is completely possible if you plan ahead and take the right precautions when on the campsite.
Before The Camping Trip
Like any camping trip, there is a lot of prep and packing that needs to be done and considered before the big journey. This also means that you also need to take time for planning and preparing for your dog as well.
Here is a list of tips and things you need and should do before you go camping.
- Make an appointment with your veterinarian to make sure that all the dog’s vaccinations are up to date
- Make sure that you have a crate that your dog can travel safety in while in the car or RV
- Make certain that you protect your dog from fleas and ticks. By using medications like Frontline. Being outdoors will cause your dog to be more exposed to insects, wildlife, and plants.
- Ensure that you do some research regarding if dogs are even allowed at the campsite. In addition the restrictions and rules that would need to be followed. For example, does your dog need to be leashed at all times?
- One of the most important things that you need to do as a pet owner is to make sure that your dog has identification on his/her collar. Also to ensure that the information is up to date and current.
What Do you Need to Pack?
When going on a trip there is a lot of packing and preparation that goes into it the planning before actually heading off to your favorite campsite.
This is also an important part when it comes to your dog. They also have needs that are to be maintained when camping.
Here is a list of things that you should have packed for your dog:
- Dog ID tags and a copy of your dog’s vet records
- Leash and collar
- Dog crate or harness for the car ride
- Food/water and dishes
- Poop bags
- Toys and Treats
- First Aid Kit
- Name and phone number of a nearby vet
- Flea and tick medication
First-Aid Kit Checklist:
- Rubbing alcohol
- Pain medication
- Waterproof surgical tap
- Tick tweezers
- Ear and eye drops
- Septic powder
- First aid gel for pets
- First aid book with instructions to treat your dog
Tips When Camping
When you finally get to the campsite and are excited to start your summer trip officially there are some things that you need to keep in mind.
Here is a list of tips and advice which can help you out when you get to the campsite:
Tips for When you Are On the Road:
- Make sure you stop along the road trip to allow your dog to go to the bathroom, run around and drink some water.
- Never leave your dog in the RV or car when you have to leave even for a short period of time.
- Always check on your dog to make sure he or she is safe and secure in the vehicle.
Health and Safety Tips:
- Try and keep your dog stresses low during camping.
- Keep your dog hydrated and has access to shade at all times. Make sure you keep a close eye on your dog to make sure that he or she does not become dehydrated.
- Ensure your dog is warm during the day/night as even in the summer the nights can become really chilly.
- Check for ticks, fleas and small insects at least once a day.
- Be aware of your dogs surroundings at all times.
- Never leave your dog unattended.
- Be aware and acknowledge that contact with other plants, insects and wildlife. For example, bears.
- Make sure you keep a close eye on your dog while swimming in a nearby lake.
Common Campground Dog Rules:
When you go camping there are usually rules that need to be followed when camping on a campsite. These rules are there to ensure the safety of your pet and the others that are also camping.
Campground dog rules usually are little different depending on the campsite that you are staying at.
However, here is a list of some common campground rules:
- Do not leave your dog unattended
- Keep your dog leashed at all times
- Do not allow your dog to bark continuously as this can disturb others
- Always pick up after your dog
- Dispose dog’s waste in appropriate trash containers
- Respect all other campground rules