Camping is one of the best ways to take a getaway from city life. Ask any regular camper – it can be a much needed breather when life is stressful, or if you simply want to take in all of nature’s riches.
Of course, you’d want to enjoy such a time with your beloved dog! The only thing is that it does mean that you can’t just up and leave at a moments notice. You’ll have to make preparations to ensure your dog remains safe and happy on the trip.
Here are 4 key ways you can do so. As you’ll see, they’re all straightforward, but will just take a bit of effort on your behalf. What a small price to pay to make precious camping memories with your fluffy best friend by your side!
1. Pack Enough Water
While packing your clothes, camping equipment, and even snacks will be a breeze, people often forget to pack water for both themselves and their dogs. If you’re going to be setting up camp in proper camping grounds, there may be a water tap or even a shop to buy some.
But this can be a risky assumption. You don’t want to be caught out, nor to spend a load of money just on water. Plus, don’t forget about the journey over! Especially for those whose camping trip involves a hike, you’ll want to pack enough water to last your trip, and then some. Dehydration can hit a dog fast, and can cause all types of health problems. So in order to keep your dog adequately hydrated, bringing along ample supplies of water will be a must.
2. Make Sure They’re Warm Enough
While the sun might be bright and shining, and the nights balmy, you’d be surprised just how much the temperature drops when you’re out in the wilderness. The last thing you’d want is for your dog to catch a cold either in the middle of your trip, or in the days following it.
That’s why you’ll want to ensure you pack a warm dog blanket for your dog. Not only does it keep them warm while they’re sleeping, it will also act as a comfortable place for them to sit and take a rest. There are all kinds of features, colours, patterns, materials, and sizes to choose from (as well as different price points), so you’ll have no trouble finding one that suits your dog and your trip.
3. Put Together or Buy a First Aid Kit
Needless to say, one of the best ways to keep your dog safe on a camping trip is to have all of the first aid supplies your dog could need on hand. This is best done in the form of a doggie first aid kit that either you put together yourself, or buy.
According to Outside, your first aid kit should include a number of items to treat everything from injuries to sicknesses to tick bites. Some must-have items include stretchy bandages, eye wash, electrolyte replacement, tick tweezers, and medical stapler. If you plan on making your own kit, we recommend you prepare it well in advance, as getting all of the bits and pieces can take some time.
4. Vaccinate Your Dog
Ensuring your dog has all necessary vaccinations before their trip is without a doubt one thing that slips many dog owners’ minds. It’s vital to remember to do, as you obviously can’t vaccinate your dog during your trip! Vaccinations are particularly important on camping trips, given the combination of creepy crawlies, hazards, and unfamiliar territory that camping entails.
The thought of your dog catching a nasty virus anywhere is awful, let alone on a camping trip far away from a vet! Prevention is definitely better than cure in this case. And even if your pooch is up to date with their vaccines, it’s always a good idea to pop into the vet before heading on your trip to just double check your dog is in tip top shape.
Emma is a freelance writer at Pet Life Today. She specializes in writing about pets, outdoor pursuits, and family living.
Emma is from the UK, and has lived in Costa Rica and New Zealand before moving to a smallholding in Spain with her husband, their two-year-old daughter, and 14 animals. This includes dogs, cats, horses, and poultry. She enjoys trail riding in the mountains near their home, riding her horse Trifle (who was a wedding present!) and taking along her two dogs Ronnie and Blue, who love adventures. Her other dogs, Rosie and Max, can usually be found having a snooze at home.
Emma is passionate about rescuing animals and providing them with a new life after being abandoned or abused. As well as their own four rescue dogs, Emma also fosters dogs for rehoming, providing them with love and training while searching for their forever homes.