Going Camping With Your Dog

You and your best friend Snuffy have been friends forever and you are literally glued to each other from day one. You can’t imagine going anywhere without your dog and you just have to take him with you but you’re a bit unsure about what to do when you take him with you on a camping trip? Well fret no more, as we put together a few tips and ideas to ease your troubled mind should you decide to go on a camping adventure with your dog!

Things you should consider before taking your dog camping:

Is the camping area crowded?

Does your dog get along well with others?

Does he obey your commands?

Does he get frightened easily?

Does he get carsick?

If you answered yes to most of these questions you should be fine. Don’t worry too much about your dog getting car sick since most animal clinics have a mild sedative to help them relax. If you don’t want to use a sedative then you can stop often and stretch your legs.

Things to pack:

When camping with your dog you have to remember to bring all of the essentials of his everyday life as well as a few extra things he might need. When packing you should put in the following:

  • Leash
  • Bed
  • Blanket
  • Collar
  • Favourite toys
  • Poop and scoop appliances
  • Towels
  • Food
  • Water
  • Long tether and stake
  • Medicine and first aid kit

When you get to the site:

When you get to the camping site, you should help him familiarise with his current home. Walk with him around the tent/house/caravan and let him sniff to his heart’s content and mark a few bushes. Once your finished with introducing him to the camping area you should take him for a walk to help him familiarise himself with the surrounding area if he should get lost. When you go hiking remember to keep your dog on a relatively tight leash unless you are confident that he always comes when you call.

camping site

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During the night, you should ensure that your dog is warm, cozy and comfortable with his temporary bed. Check regularly for ticks since dogs love roaming through the underbrush and regularly pick up a few insects and ticks. If you want to help him with his stress levels or build some confidence in him, you can sit with him until he falls asleep.

Ruan Smit loves his dog Milo and he regularly takes him with him to the kruger national park to enjoy the wild open spaces and the stress free environment.


  1. Nikolai Adriano says:

    It would always be nice to imagine that there can always be a constant companion in our lives—our dogs. Thanks for the tips about bringing our dogs into camping. this can be a very fun activity because it provides a good working relationship between me and my pet! 🙂

  2. Jobelle says:

    I just got a new dog yesterday — a belgian shepherd dog. I was having a dilemma because I plan to bring him to a 3-days out of town trip. Good thing I came across this article. 🙂 Thank you so much for posting!

  3. nica angelica says:

    Being in a camp with your best buddy is such a wonderful experience. I don’t have a dog of my own right now, but would love to take him to a camp with these easy guide tips.

  4. plim_14 says:

    I go out with my dog best friend everyday. We also go out of town during summer season. Probably next summer we go out camping to try out something new. Thanks for this article for the tips and suggestions.

  5. Joven Demetillo says:

    My dog is my bestfriend. I love my dog and everywhere I go, my dog is always there. How much more if I go camping, it would be better if a dog is with me rather than a person. If I’m in the forest, a dog is much more capable of doing things which man can’t do in the forest. They would have a better sight, smell and probably strength.

  6. Kenshin Yuki says:

    Dogs are wonderful companions once they have grown to love you. This article is very useful. I should probably remember this the next time I bring out my dogs for a camping trip or for any future outdoor activities. This can be a very fun activity for bonding and companionship between me and my dog.

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