What To Bring Camping With Dogs? 10+ Tips

I am the pet caregiver for my family’s two dogs and I have learned a lot about what to bring camping with them. There are so many things we need to consider when packing up, but it is all worth it because our four legged friends love going on adventures as much as we do! The key thing that you need to remember is safety. You’ll want to pack items like water bowls, poop bags, food dishes, and dog beds just in case your pup doesn’t quite make it back from their walk or they get tired during the hike. Keep reading for more details on what you might want to include in your next adventure kit!

10 Must-haves To Bring Camping With Dogs

1. Consider bringing a portable potty for your pet.

You can pick up one of these very cheaply from Amazon. It saves you having to go out in the middle of the night for a trip outside.

Toilet paper:

– You may not want to use the toilet paper provided at campsites as this is usually only for human waste and some people consider dog poo to be of the same caliber. I would therefore suggest bringing along your own supply just in case.

– Alternatively, a lot of camping with dogs owners now prefer to bring their dog’s waste home with them without leaving it behind. This means that a good option is to carry two ‘poop’ bags with you (one for carrying and one for disposing of when full). In doing so you are much less likely to ever leave any trace behind even when you come across other dogs on your travels.

– Bringing along some wet wipes (for human and pet use). This may be considered rather excessive by some but think of it as being similar to bringing toilet paper; it’s something that many people don’t consider until they actually need it! Along with this, just like when needing to clean up after your dog, you also have the option of using these wipes on yourself if there are no showers available at the campsite

2. Bring water for your dog and yourself.

Even if there is a water supply at the campsite, you may not want to leave your dog unattended whilst getting them a drink so it’s best to have some with you even if there isn’t enough for yourself! It will also come in handy during hot weather or for those times when your pet decides that his favorite place to cool off is on the trail and then proceeds to try and drink all of it up.

Almost all camping with dogs enthusiasts say that their dog prefers drinking from a stream or river than from a man-made water source. Because of this, make sure that you carry an empty bottle with you so that you can fill it up along the way.

3. Bring food, snacks, and treats (if they’re allowed)

This is very important if you are camping with dogs for a long period of time or there isn’t a nearby animal supply store. Get to the campsite before dark so that you have plenty of time to unpack and set up camp before nightfall (when it’s safer). You won’t want to be worrying about whether your dog can feed himself whilst you’re trying to light a fire! As well as this, give them something to eat straight after you arrive just in case they need time to settle down and relax – otherwise they may decide that sneaking off towards some unfamiliar scents at night is more fun than being with their owner (a nice way to bond with other dogs at the site).

You will need to be able to keep your dog fed and watered whilst camping with dogs – so make sure you bring at least two bowls (one for food, one for water) as well as a set of plates and cutlery just in case!

4. Pack a first aid kit with items such as pain relievers, bandages, antibiotic ointment, etc.

If you do encounter a stubborn cut or wound, camping with dogs injuries can be extremely painful for your dog. Make sure that the first thing you do if such an event happens is to seek help from a professional – however, pack these supplies in case worse comes to worst and you need to treat the situation yourself.

5. Bring a leash or harness to keep them close by.

Even if your dog is extremely well-behaved, it’s always best to put them on a leash whilst camping with dogs. It will allow you to have more control over them and keeps you ‘not being able to find them’ issues to a minimum. If you decide not to go for the traditional way of doing this (leash), then at least make sure that they are attached by a collar with something that is easily removable; hold onto it yourself so that they can’t run off when attached. This may seem like an unnecessary suggestion but I know many people who’ve set up camp only for their dog to break free from the collar shortly afterwards – never to be seen or heard from again!

6. Make sure your dog has identification tags on them so if they do get lost someone can find them easier.

If you are concerned about their safety or want to make sure they do not run off when you are away from the site, then at least ensure that they have these on them and you also know how to contact their owner. If you are camping with dogs for an extended period of time – such as over night – and your dog does escape (not uncommon) then it is much easier to find them again if they have a tag on them so that people can call the number directly rather than having to go through all of the other campsites in the area trying to do so themselves.

7. Remember to bring toys for your pup so they don’t get bored while you’re gone!

Just as above, there will be instances where your dog may decide that the grass is greener somewhere else or get distracted from his surroundings during play time. This is why its best to have a number of toys on hand to ensure that your dog is still happy and enjoying himself whilst camping with dogs. Not only can they serve as entertainment – but if you end up bringing another dog along, it’s often helpful to share some toys!

8. Bring a blanket or towel to lie on during the day in case it’s too hot

Depending on how big or small your dog is and how long you are planning on camping for, there may be times when they will randomly curl up in their own bed in the tent or somewhere else in the house. If you have more than one dog, then make sure at least one of them has a blanket or sleeping bag of his own otherwise this could lead to problems later!

9. Bring a long-haired dog brush or at least some kind of comb.

Even if your dog is a short haired breed, it’s always best to make sure that they have been brushed before you set off for the camping trip with dogs. Not only will this allow you to straighten their hair in case it’s gone frizzy or looks messy, but it also gets rid of dead skin and dirt whilst making them feel better as well! Additionally, bringing a brush can be very useful when trying to play with other dogs on site – either by grooming them (if they are ok with another dog brushing their fur) or just further bonding by running the brush through your dog’s hair.

Bring regular sized food bags rather than large bulk items.  If you want to go camping with dogs for an extended period of time, it can be difficult to carry a large amount of dog food around with you. A mess free alternative is to take the food out and then put it back in one of those vacuum bags that when sealed help keep the air out so that your dog’s food stays fresher for longer. Additionally, putting their treats inside one will allow them to last much longer than simply keeping them loose in your bag!

10. Don’t forget to bring poop bags!

You never know when you’re going to need some – whether it be for a walk or while you are camping. Leave no trace by taking all that you have with you away from the site…and make sure they are tied up properly!

Just as above, there will be times where you may need to use the bathroom or you’re taking your dog for a walk. Either way, always remember to bring along poop bags! Sometimes while camping with dogs it’s common for other people/dogs to go in areas where they shouldn’t – and this is when you’ll be very thankful that you have your pooper scooper ready!


1. How do you keep a dog while camping?

The very first thing you need to do prior to camping with your dog is to decide what you would like him or her to do rather than running free. Bear in mind that it is not for their protection when they run loose, but for yours and other individuals at the campsite.

One of the main reasons against permitting a dog to run loose is his or her capability as an animal, which means they can get on anything and everything. The objective behind keeping your pet secure when camping is because of buddies who may be delicate to canine’s teeth and claws, otherwise if he runs around too much in an effort to have fun or play with different dogs.

2. Where do dogs sleep when camping?

Let your dog sleep in the tent and not outside under a tree or on the cold hard ground. Dogs that sleep outside are liable to get fleas while sleeping in their natural habitat and even if they don’t, you can bet there will be some ticks roaming around out there! Also remember to bring along any medication (i.e., antibiotics, etc.) that is necessary for your pet. Ticks can carry disease so it is important to check your dog every night before bedtime.

3. How do I help my dog with camping anxiety?

There are many ways to get over camping anxiety in dogs. When you start preparing for your trip, put the dog through all of the procedures that will be experienced on the camping trip.  Also, try to keep a normal sleeping routine during this time so as not to throw them off completely when it comes closer to vacation time.

4. How can I keep my dog warm while camping?

– Bring a dog sleeping bag. The main benefits of a sleeping bag for dogs are that it will keep your dog warm the whole night and protect him from the cold ground. If you want to buy one for your dog, make sure to get it only if he is an adult (or almost) as most brands do not sell them in small sizes.

– Make sure that you put on some clothes for your dog before going inside tents or under covers; this will block temperature drop during sleep.

– Make a camping bed for your pet with pillows, blankets and other soft textiles available at home. You can choose between using his normal bed or creating something new specifically for camping activities.


There’s no denying that camping with your dog is an awesome experience. But, before you embark on this adventure make sure to pack all the essentials for both of you so that everyone can enjoy their time outdoors in comfort and safety. Pack a portable potty for your pet just in case they need to go during the night or day; bring water for your pup as well – maybe even provide them with fresh drinking water while they’re getting used to camp life (you’ll thank yourself later); be prepared by packing some food, snacks and treats if allowed into parks; have identification tags attached on pets so should something happen where they get lost then it will be easier to find them! Remember these tips when going out on adventures this season.

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