Camping with your pet can certainly enhance the outdoor experience. This list will help you pack all the necessary items to ensure that both you and your best friend will have the best possible trip.
Can opener (for canned food)
Food and water dish
Water bottles for our dogs when on walks
bucket (with lid – this is a very important part to avoid pesky bugs) to put poop in after scooping (see tip #5)
dog back pack
metal spiral stake (corkscrew stake) for hooking up the leash
muzzle (if dog is not good with interacting with people)
picture of them in case they are lost
Pooper Scooper (see tip #5)
reflector light tag for their collar or Glow in the dark collar (see tip #6)
towels or chamois to dry wet pet
washcloth to soak to keep pet cool
Brush for long haired dogs
Toe nail clipper
All of their medical records
Current tags on dog
Find out in advance where the nearest 24 hour vet is located
First aid kit for pets
Flea and tick repellant
Phone number to your veterinarian
Spray for bugs
Tweezers and/or Mentholatum for removing ticks
Bones or other chew toys
Toys (Ball, Frisbee or favorite toys)
X-pen or playyard
Shoes or boots (swimming and hiking leads to soft paws that easily get sore and cut)
Blanket and warm bedding
Cage or tent (see tip #4)
Tips and Suggestions
Always keep in mind that dogs should not be subject to the extreme heat of summer or the extreme cold of winter. If you can I would suggest leaving the dog with a friend or kennel.
Call ahead to see what is allowed — some require pet to sleep in tent or car so bring any carrier or bedding you need for the pet.
don’t bring pooper scooper (yuck for transporting), just plastic bags
Instead of a cage, let your pet have his own tent. Pack it with blankets and toys. Rig something inside like a cinder block to hold the leash. It gives them a more comfortable escape.
Just a comment or note: Please Do Not leave your pet locked up in your camper all day long (burning up) while you are out on the lake enjoying yourself.
We couldn’t see our little black dog at night when we camped. Our kids brought glo sticks for the grandkids and we put two attached together on the dog for a collar. We always knew exactly where she was!