17 "Must Haves" for camping with your dog

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Camping with your furry friend can definitely be stressful. Make it easier with the following list of must haves. TL;DR at the bottom.

  • Food, water, and doggy bowls 

This one is pretty obvious. A good rule of thumb when camping, bring one to two extra days worth of food and water for your furry friend. You never know when you might decide you want to stay longer, and find that you can't because you didn't bring the pupper enough food. I also can't recommend silicone bowls nearly enough for camping! Easy to clean, easy to travel with. Also, expect that they will knock over their bowls, and be prepared to deal with that. You cannot leave the dog food sitting out for long periods of time; all kinds of friendly, and very unfriendly critters will come to help your puppers eat it. Not many dogs know to be afraid of skunks. 

  • Leash, Harness, Collar, Identification Tags

Even if your pupper is great off leash, you should still make sure to have a way of attaching your dog to you. A tie out stake with a long, metal encased in plastic lead is a great option while camping. A standard length leash should also be available for walks and hikes. Obviously, ID tags should be used as daily wear, but it's even more important when you take your pup to an unfamiliar location. It could be the only reason you are reunited with your dog if they wander off. Also, consider bringing an extra leash, in case someone gets bored and chews through their leash. 

Most cities I have visited have leash laws, and some are pretty strict. It's always better to play it safe and have a backup plan. See the link for more details on leash laws for the states (sorry, I don't have information regarding leash laws outside of the states). 

https://www.animallaw.info/topic/table-state-dog-leash-laws

 

  • POOP BAGS!!

Come on guys, need I say more? Pick up after your pups, no matter where you are. It's just not sanitary. I mean, unless you enjoy hanging out with flies. Because the poo will attract flies. If you miss a gift from your furry friend, don't worry, the flies will show you where the gift was left. 

 

  • Doggy First Aid Kit

Yes, this should be a separate kit from your human first aid kit. Great items to keep in this kit: Benadryl - great for anything from sudden allergies to needing to calm your anxious pup down in the car, just make sure you research exactly the correct dose for your dog, or consult your vet for correct information. Do not combine medications without consulting a licensed vet. Butter - this probably sounds crazy, but butter works miracles in getting sap out of fur, and is safe for your pup to lick while you work on the sap. Tweezers - Doggos don't usually walk around with shoes, which means they are likely to get something stuck in those little toe beans. Saline Eye Solution -  Great to have for humans too, and really helpful in flushing foreign objects out of their eyes. Styptic Powder - for stopping any bleeding. EMT Gel - to put on small wounds and assist with healing, kind of like a liquid band-aid. Other more obvious items: Towels, alcohol wipes, dog safe antibiotic ointment, gauze, paper towels, wet wipes, location of nearest emergency clinic, and your pups vaccine and registration records. 

 

  • Bed, Blanket, Comfy Place to Rest

Your pup will definitely appreciate having something that they know is theirs to rest on. Whether it's a bed, blanket, or towel, don't forget your furry friends resting spot. While we are on that subject, make sure to have a cozy location for them, too. If you are tent camping, get a tent that is big enough for you and your pup (which means big enough for your bed and theirs). Speaking from experience, puppers getting zoomies in a tiny tent is no fun (and a little scary).

Additionally, do not leave your pup tied to a tree outside, while you sleep cozy in your tent. Not only is this scary for your pup, but it's simply not safe. There will be critters wandering around, and your pup may or may not get into a fight with them. They could also get off their lead and run away. Someone could steal them. Moral of the story, keep your pup with you in the cozy tent.  

 

  • Brush, comb, dry shampoo

Another pretty obvious one, but really good to have in case your dog rolls in something they shouldn't. 

 

  • Treats, Treats, and More Treats

Bring plenty of travel friendly treats. Different kinds, big and small. Quick and easy to eat treats, long lasting chews, tasty toys, balls, everything that can keep your fluffer pup entertained and happy. You know your pup best, bring their favorite things. 

 

  •  In Case of Emergency

Have your vets phone number written down somewhere easily accessible. Know where the nearest 24/7 emergency vet is (yes, I mentioned this before but it bears repeating). Paper towels, seriously handy with most everything. Regular towels are also handy. Have a basic copy of your pups medical records, their allergies, any current medications. It's better to have these things written and easily provided, than trying to remember while you're panicking over your baby. Don't forget any of their current medications. It's best to keep them in their original container, in case a cop happens to see you carrying random, unidentifiable pills. 

 

TL;DR? Here's the comprehensive check list.

  1. Food
  2. Water
  3. Doggy Bowls
  4. Leash
  5. Harness
  6. Collar
  7. Identification Tags
  8. POOP BAGS!
  9. Doggy First Aid Kit (Benadryl, butter, tweezers, saline eye solution, styptic powder, EMT Gel, towels, alcohol wipes, dog safe antibiotic ointment, gauze, paper towels, wet wipes, location of nearest emergency clinic, and your pups vaccine and registration records) 
  10. Bed, Blanket, Comfy Place to Rest
  11. Brush, comb, dry shampoo
  12. Treats
  13. Toys
  14. Chews
  15. Vets phone number
  16. Location of nearest 24/7 emergency vet
  17. Current medications

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