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How to Take Your Pet Camping

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Picture of a woman and dog in a tent overlooking beautiful scenery. How to Take Your Pet Camping

There’s something really powerful about unplugging and reconnecting with nature. Camping is a favorite summer paws-time for many, and it’s even better with your furry best friend by your side. We’ve put together a few of our favorite tips to make your next camping adventure with Fluffy or Fido purr-fect.

How to Take Your Pet Camping

Let your pet familiarize themselves with your gear

Before you pack up and hit the road, make time to set up all of your gear (tent or RV, sleeping bags, etc.) to let your pet scope it out in the safety of their own home. Some pets can be skittish or timid around new things, especially unfamiliar large structures. Giving them some time to get used to your camping gear can help avoid potential cat-astrophe.

Find the right campsite

Most campsites are pet-friendly, but you’ll want to make sure before you book your trip. It’s also a good idea to check out the grounds (online or in person) ahead of time if you’re able. If paw-ssible, reserve a camping spot that is well-shaded. The summer sun is plenty of fun, but you don’t want your pet to overheat.

Packing and prepping

The success of your camping adventure hinges largely on your ability to pack and plan ahead for your pet’s needs. Here are some things you won’t want to fur-get:

  • Food and water dishes
  • Medicine and supplements
  • Bedding and a crate
    • Even if your pet doesn’t use a crate at home, it can be a good idea to travel with one, just in case.
  • Reflective or glowing collar
  • Pet waste baggies
  • Chew toys and treats
  • Extra towels and blankets
    • If you’re camping anywhere near water, you’ll want to pack more towels than you think you’ll need- especially if you don’t like the idea of sleeping in a wet sleeping bag after your dog unexpectedly goes for a swim! If you’re camping in a tent, bring enough blankets to layer on the tent floor to prevent holes from claws and for easy clean up from muddy paws.
  • Pest and parasite protection
    • Before you venture into the great outdoors, it’s important to make sure your pet is on a regular parasite preventive. If you choose to use an insect repellent, be sure it is safe for your pet. Check your pet frequently for ticks while outdoors.
  • First aid kit for your pet

Update your pet’s identification information

Before you leave home, make sure your pet’s tags are up to date with your current address and phone number. If you know ahead of time which campsite you’ll be using, you can add that information with a Sharpie. Take a few moments to snap an up-to-date photo of your pet. Nobody wants to think about their pet going missing, but if Fido or Fluffy does run off, you’ll want a current photo of them.

With a little bit of planning, a smart packing list, and some minor prep, your next camping adventure will definitely be something to bark about!

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