Summer is winding down, it’s the perfect time to take one last summer vacation before fall comes, and camping is a great option for the whole family—including your dog. Here are some tips to make sure your camping trip goes off without a hitch.
If a long drive is involved, make sure your dog is ready.
If you don’t normally take your dog on long car rides, make sure you take a few practice runs. 50% of dogs get carsick, so bring materials to clean up a mess in case your dog is prone to carsickness.
Find a pet-friendly campsite.
Many campsites will charge an extra fee in order to bring your pet, and if they are pet-friendly they will have their own set of regulations. Double check the leash laws, trail regulations and other rules before bringing our dog along for the trip.
Bring a lead, tether and stake for the ground.
Prepare for the drop in temperature at night.
If it’s warm enough your dog will be fine sleeping outside of your tent, just make sure he’s tied up securely. But weather can always take a turn for the worst, so bring extra blankets or be able to make room for your dog inside the tent if it gets too cold outside.
Bring a first aid kit.
This will be crucial if your dog gets cut on the bottom of his pads, an injury that can quickly become infected. Having the tools to clean and dress any wound is necessary and can prove useful for yourself and your family. Make sure the kit comes with tweezers in case your dog picks up any ticks or other insects while exploring.
Camping is a great way for the whole family to bond and enjoy the great outdoors, so it only seems right to bring your furry friend along. Just do some research and go prepared to have a wonderful family vacation before summer comes to a close!