For many of us, dogs are just as much a part of the family as any human. And for this reason, a lot of us tend to include our dogs in many of the activities we enjoy. When it comes to camping with dogs, it seems like a no-brainer. Nothing seems more ruggedly American than a family and their dogs enjoying the wilderness together. But there are lots of logistics involved with bringing your furry friends along.
First of all, you need to bear in mind how you plan on transporting your dog or dog. Camping already requires a good amount of gear and equipment that needs to be brought along, especially if you’re planning on camping in tents. This equipment requires space in whatever vehicle you intend to use to get you to your destination. Dogs also require a lot of space. Pack your gear in such a way that enough space is left for your dog or dogs to comfortably lie down, preferably on some sort of padded surface- for example, a lawn chair cushion or a dog bed.
Taking dogs with you in an RV is a little less complicated, but just bear in mind that to make the trip more enjoyable for both you and your companion, space is key. If you’re traveling on steep or winding roads, a crate might be a good idea as well to keep your dog from sliding around too much.
Food and Water
Once again, camping with dogs means you’ll need to bring more than food and water for just yourself. You also need to bring some for your dog or dogs. Be sure to bring bowls too. For those strapped for space, find yourself a collapsible dog bowl. The duration of your trip, as well as your destination, matters a lot when it comes to food and water. If you’re headed to a nearby campsite with water hookups, bringing along a large amount of water for you and your dog is not necessary. But for longer journeys or primitive camping with dogs, bring more water along than you think you’ll need.
When you’re traveling with dogs, keep in mind that dogs need exercise. A five-hour trip in a cramped car or RV won’t be much fun you’re your dog. A good practice to maintain is letting your dog walk around on a leash, drink some water, and use the bathroom every time you make a stop for gas or food, or for your own bathroom break.
At the Campsite
If you’re camping with dogs in a tent, it’s very important that you keep your dog on a leash at all times. Preferably, keep your dog inside the tent while you’re sleeping. Basically, keep your dog in your sight at all times. Wild animals are always something to be on the lookout for. Be diligent about them as well. As long as you use good sense, camping with dogs is practically guaranteed to be a good time for both of you!
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