Top Tips for Dog Friendly Camping
As a dog owner, of course you will want to bring your best friends with you on your camping trip! Our top-tips will help you know what to bring with you to make your camping trip, and the journey, run as smoothly as possible with your four legged friends. Here are our dog friendly camping tips!
Planning ahead is key for trips away with your pets. You might want to test out sleeping in a tent or campervan so that your dog can get used to the new surroundings, making it easier for them to settle in when the time comes. It may also be worth introducing your pet to any new equipment you will be using on your trip, such as harnesses or pet bed, just so they can familiarize themselves with it.
Of course your need your tent, (or roof tent – Tent Box have some great ones!) and sleeping bags, but what about all the other necessities? Make sure you pack food bowls, treats and snacks for your dog (and some for yourself!), camping chairs, a hob if you are going to be cooking, and your dog beds. Bring along your generator too, so that you can keep your phone charged, which is essential for maps if you aren’t camping old school style, as well as powering your heater if you are taking your trip during the winter.
Staying hydrated is essential for both you and your dog. Collapsible bowls or bottles are a great idea when going away with your pet due to being easy to store and wash out! Even if you and your dog aren’t running around, unfamiliar territory will mean that your dog will need more to drink than usual. You should avoid allowing your dog to drink from streams or rivers unless it has been filtered to prevent any waterborne illnesses or upset tummies, so make sure you bring a filter or fill up your bottles on the campsite before you start your day.
Check campground regulations
There are plenty of pet-friendly campsites in the UK and across Europe for you and your pooch to explore, but it is always good to double check that your pet is welcome. Many sites have rules around keeping your dog on a lead, cleaning up after your dog and ensuring that they aren’t causing a disturbance. New environments are exciting but can also be stressful for dogs so check that the site is suitable for your dogs needs. Find more dog friendly campsites near you here.
Enjoy your dog friendly camping trip!
So what are you waiting for? Get planning your trip away and enjoy! See our recommendations for dog friendly holidays in the UK here.