10 Amazing Tips When Taking Your Dog Camping

Thinking of bringing your furry companion along on your next camping adventure? Wondering how to make the amazing experience for both you and your dog?

Your dog is a loyal and beloved member of your family. Nothing beats snuggling up with your furry child in a cozy tent on a lovely campsite. So, it makes sense to take your dog along on your camping trip!

If you bring your puppy to the campsite, more awareness, patience, and preparation will be needed to keep them safe. Before taking your puppy camping, it's best to wait until your pup is 5 months old and has all his required shots.

Tips for camping with your dog

Bringing your dog along on camping sounds wonderful, but might be a bit tricky. Well, camping with a dog can be lots of fun if you are prepared and ready for the adventure.

Before you head out on your camping adventure, take a look at these tips when camping with your dog. Even your pooch will become a happy camper with these tips.


  1. Plan ahead

    Camping with your dog is definitely an awesome and unforgettable experience. You must plan ahead when taking your dog camping. It is the best way to ensure both you and your furry partner have a safe and enjoyable camping experience.

    Reserve a campsite early, particularly during peak season. Plan a convenient travel route, invest in some high-quality gear and take your dog to the vet and for a check-up.

  2. Research dog-friendly campsites

    There is nothing worse than reaching a campsite and finding a 'No Dogs Allowed' sign. Be sure to research online or call ahead and to find dog-friendly campsites. Always let any campsite know ahead of time if you plan to bring a dog.

    Keep in mind that not all campsites are dog-friendly. Even some of them have specific rules in place for four-legged visitors. You may find that many campsites will have rules that change by season.

  3. Make sure your dog gets all their vaccination shots

    Dogs need a series of vaccination shots before they can go camping with you. Vaccines will protect them from many diseases including distemper, parvo, gastro, and many others. If your dog has had all vaccines, he's safe to go out to explore new places. Also, get your dog covered for fleas and ticks.

  4. Know your dog

    If your dog is too young, too old, unvaccinated, or not trained, reconsider your decision before planning a camping trip. It's important to assess your dog's readiness. Be honest about your dog's temperament and plan your trip accordingly.

  5. Respect your dog's physical limits

    Before you go on an adventure, make sure your dog is physically able to travel. A dog's physical limits vary with age, gender, and breed. Older dogs have limited stamina and puppies are little bundles of energy. You should recognize the signs when your dog starts getting tired.

  6. Practice good campsite etiquette

    It’s nearly impossible to do a dog training session out in the wilderness. Obedience training and basic training for good etiquettes should not be ignored before you take your dog camping. It's better if your furry partner has the basics such as sit, down, come, and stay.

  7. Stick close to their schedule

    Dogs are creatures of habit. Sticking close to your dog's regular routine adds a sense of normalcy in the new environment. Going away from the routine, for even a few days, Ty can throw them off their schedule.

  8. Watch out for wildlife and poisonous plants

    You need to protect your dog and campgrounds from wildlife, including plants and wild animals. There can be venomous snakes, bears, wolves, and insects. Also, keep your dog away from stagnant water, lakes, or ponds that could be infected by blue-green algae. You need to identify the potentially poisonous plant before going for hikes or walks.

  9. Prepare for the unexpected

    Nature can be unpredictable, and so can dogs! You should prepare for the unexpected with some extra food, medication, and emergency supplies.

    You should also ensure your dog’s ID tags are up-to-date. You can even make a laminated card with your contact information, your dog’s identifying information, and vaccination and health records.

  10. Never leave your dog unattended on the campsite

    To keep your dog safe and ensure they have a positive experience, make sure you constantly monitor them while camping. Never leave your furry companion unattended while camping. This includes in the car, at the campsite, and while doing other activities.

    Many dogs feel a little anxious or excited by all the new places and sights. Most campsites have leash requirements. A leash is the best way to keep your dog safe.

Plan dog-friendly activities

If you are bringing your dog camping, it is probably because you want to enjoy spending time together. To make camping fun for both of you, combine safe and fun activities on your trip. Hitting the trails or playing outdoor games during summers is never recommended for your dog.

 Some of the best dog-friendly camping activities include:

  • A walk on the trail in pleasant weather
  • Visiting the beach
  • Explore local parks
  • Going boating at moderate temperature

Remember, not all camping attractions are dog-friendly. Many parks, beaches, trails, and restaurants/dining centers do not allow dogs. Always consult local dog and leash laws.

Remember to bring plenty of dog poop bags and don't forget to clean up after your dog.

Should dogs be allowed inside tents?

Tent camping with dogs might be a little more challenging. Keep in mind that if temperatures are extremely hot or cold, tent camping with your dog might not be a great idea.

You can keep these factors in mind while camping with your fur buddy:

  • Tent size: When sharing a tent with a dog, the bigger the tent, the better. Big and spacious tents will help you and your dog feel more comfortable. Your dog can even play inside on rainy days.

  • Security: Always zip and secure your tent before going to sleep. It will not let your dog escape in the middle of the night.

  • Noise: Some dogs become anxious and bark if they hear a sound in the middle of the night. You can use a battery-operated fan to help calm your dog before bed.

  • Sleeping arrangements: To keep your dog less anxious, try to keep sleeping arrangements similar to your home routine. Bring your dog's dog bed, blanket, or crate and place it in the tent. Try to choose a tent that can accommodate the size of the dog bed and crate.

Dog safety while camping

Camping can be valuable for both you and your dog. You and your doggie are spending quality time outdoors and in unfamiliar areas. There are a few points to keep in mind for dog safety while camping:   

  • Be cautious of overheating: Dogs can get overheated in the sun. Dogs with dense and long coats can overheat easily. Keep your furry partner in a cool area during the hottest part of the day. Coldwater should be available for your pet at all times. 
  • Protect your dog's paws: A dog's paws are sensitive to extreme weather and abrasive materials. To protect your dog's paws, use a good-quality paw protectant or invest in a pair of booties. 
  • Make sure your dog has an ID: Consider including multiple types of identification so people know how to get ahold of you if they find your lost dog. Get your dog microchipped and have physical ID tags. You should also add a temporary ID tag that has your campsite address and contact details. 
  • Don't forget the first aid kit: Don't skip the first-aid kit on your camping trip. These dog first-aid kit essentials include your dog’s vet records, gauze, bandage, thermometer, and dog sterile eyelash.

Camping with your dog can be a lot of fun. It only takes a bit of extra preparation. You need a bit of planning, a few extra supplies, and safety gear.

What to pack for your camping adventure?

In addition to your regular camping supplies, you need to bring along everything your dog needs to have a safe and memorable time.

Camping with dogs means being prepared for anything. Once you've finalized your own camping checklist, you also need to include some dog camping essentials:



Dog camping checklist


Dog food, bring more than you think you need!


Food bowl


Water bowl and portable water bottle


Healthy dog treats


Safe and interactive dog toys


A leash and collar or harness


Vet records and medical information


Dog first aid kit


An attachable ID tag


Dog poop bags


Dog bed, dog sleeping bag, or crate


Winter clothing during cold weather


An emergency fold-up blanket


Grooming equipment


A recent picture of your dog


To keep everything orderly, you can use a separate bag for your dog’s belongings.

In closing

Remember that the most important part of camping with your dog is to spend time together. You can use your camping trip to bond with your furry child. Start young with your dog and you will be on the road to becoming the best camping partners!

 With a little preparation, you and your dog will be all set to have a blast!

The most valuable thing about every camping trip is to have fun! Try to make the experience enjoyable for everyone!

If you still have questions about camping with your dog, please let us know! We would be happy to hear from you.

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published