The only thing better than a family camping trip is a family camping trip with your pet dog! (Or dogs if you are lucky enough to have more than one).
Taking your dog into the great outdoors for a wilderness adventure can be great fun for both you and your dog… But you are not at home and so you need to be prepared.
You need to make sure your dog is safe at all times and also under tight control so that they can’t disturb any wildlife or people in the area.
If your dog is not used to seeing wildlife or being out in rugged country it is essential you have the right kit to keep them happy and safe.
So here is a list of five items that you should always take when going camping with your dog.
- A Portable Outdoor Dog Bed
- A Hiking Harness for Dogs
- A Portable Bottle and Water Bowl
- A Leash Stake
- Disposable Compostable Poop Bags
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A Portable Outdoor Dog Bed
The chances are that your dog will be much more excited and active when you take them camping than they normally would be.
They will be walking and running around all day long, chasing squirrels and soaking up all the intense new sights and smells.
This is great but you also need to make sure they get some good quality sleep.
So a portable, collapsible, waterproof bed should definitely be on the list of essential dog camping items, which is why elevated dog beds are the perfect option when camping.
This elevated dog bed from SuperJare is a great option. The elevated, collapsible, steel tubing frame will keep your dog’s body off the cold, damp ground.
The sleeping area of the cot is made from breathable, easy to clean Oxford fabric.
It is waterproof and comes with built in shade to keep the hot sun off your dog during the day.
- A LUXURIOUS ACCESSORY FOR FURRY KINGS & QUEENS! What kitten or doggy doesn’t just love to relax and enjoy the outside activities? That’s why we designed and crafted this gorgeous, elevated, outdoor pet bed with ideal dimensions - 36" x 48" x 9.1" ; and it comes with a canopy for full shade and protection
- STURDY & DURABLE DESIGN! Made of sturdy, durable 1680D Oxford fabric and steel frame, which mean that, this exquisite pet bed can hold up to 120 lbs, and endure the playful scratching and playing of your beloved furry companions
- HAVE A FUN AND COZY SUMMER! Made of breathable fabric, keeping your pet away from the sultry! Elevated design brings your pet a refreshing summer! it comes with a canopy for full shade and protection! Tips: The canopy is not water resistant, we recommend that you move the pet bed indoors, or in a covered area in rainy days or in stormy weather. So your furry friends won't get wet
A Hiking Harness for Dogs
Using a normal leash and collar is fine in towns and cities but if you are heading out into the wild, a harness gives you much better control over your dog.
This Kurgo dog harness is really well designed. It is made for active dogs and has some features that are really useful for hiking.
It comes with two leash points giving you much more control over your dog than a collar, this is really useful if they get excited and start to pull on the leash.
It also comes with a handle on the back, this is great for lifting your dog up over an obstacle, or for pulling them back should the need arise.
(Your dog might be well behaved at home but could still go unexpectedly crazy if they see some wildlife!)
- Perfect for active dogs: Great harness for dogs that are very active and love being outdoors whether it’s on a run in the neighborhood, A hike on a trail, camping in the woods, or a walk in the park; Large dog Harness also features front leash ring to train dogs not to pull; also has back leash ring
- Easy on and off with comfort: Made with lightweight, easy on/off nifco plastic quick release buckles that will not rust; dog Harness has a v-neck design for better movement and padded chest to reduce strain on chest and neck
- Back handle and reflective harness: Adventure harness features reflective trim for easy visibility at night; Also features back handle to assist your dog over obstacles or to have better control over him
A Portable Bottle and Water Bowl
Your dog will most probably be doing a lot of walking and a lot of running, so you need to make sure that you always have a supply of clean fresh water for them to drink.
Just because you are in the great outdoors you can’t be totally sure you will stumble across safe water to let them drink from.
The Lesotc water bowl has a built in bowl, just fill it up before you go on your hike or trail run.
You can rest assured knowing that at any time you can stop to give your dog a drink of fresh clean water.
- EASY to USE: Exclusive patented design, according to other brands improvement, dog water bottle and water bowl two in one. The fold cap becomes a water bowl. Squeeze the water bottle with one hand and the water will flow into the bowl. Fold back after drinking.
- No WATER LEAKAGE and NO WASTE: Top rotation buckle design to ensure water does not return, will not pollute the water in the dog water bottle; sealed silicone gasket inside the cover to ensure no water leakage, do not worry about getting your backpack wet; even if there is only a small amount of water in the water bottle, it can also be squeezed out because it has a built-in water pipe.
- SAFE and LIGHTWEIGHT: The portable dog water bottle is made of HDPE material, the water bowl is made of food grade silicone; BPA Free, no smell, environmentally friendly and recyclable; the parts are detachable and easy to clean; only 0.3 lb / 140 g.
A Leash Stake
A stake driven securely into the ground that you can then fix your dog’s leash to is a great thing to have around the campsite area.
Your dog still has the freedom to walk around but without disappearing off into the woods and getting into all sorts of trouble!
Petest make a really easy to use and effective leash stake that comes with a 15-30ft cable so your pooch can roam about without being able to run off.
- 25 ft, lightweight and ultra strong tie-out cable for dogs up to 35 lbs.
- Steel cable and swivel clips for superior strength and durability.
- Snaps, which is durable and anti-rust, on both ends can be easily attached to a post or stake for a protection of dog's neck.
Disposable Compostable Poop Bags
This one might sound surprising but actually they can be really useful, especially if you are camping near places that other people visit.
You do not want to leave your dog’s poop on a camping ground or in a natural beauty spot.
Simply scoop up the poop using the disposable bag and then put it somewhere out of sight so it can decompose without leaving an unsightly mess.
Made by Earth Rated, these poop bags are guaranteed to not split, they are easy to tie and fully biodegradable (which means they are very eco-friendly).
- Keeping your hands safe: Our handle bags open extra wide and have a 100 percent leak-proof guarantee
- What's in the box: 6 pouches of 120 doggy bags that easily dispenses one dog bag at a time
- Poop doesn't smell like roses: Our odor blocking lavender scent locks in that stank for good
Ok, so that’s it for this blog post. Hopefully some of the items on this list will help you to be much better prepared for your next adventure.
Thanks for reading and have a great camping trip with your canine companion!
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Scott Jones is the head blogger and chief dog lover at the Pupster Passion dog lovers website. For forty years, since he was a very young boy he has kept, cared for and loved dogs. He now spends most of his time helping other dog owners to love and care for their dogs.