UPDATED: May 2018
I go camping with my dog, Sierra, multiple times every year, and each time it’s a new adventure. I know she has as much fun, if not more, than we do when taking a trip to explore the great outdoors. In my opinion, if you can bring your 4-legged friend along for the adventure, it makes the whole experience better for everyone involved. If you’ve been thinking about taking your dog camping, try it out! Just make sure you are prepared. Before you head outdoors, you’ll need to make sure you, and your dog, are prepared with the right equipment. Planning starts before you even book the camping trip. When looking for a place to camp, it’s important to verify your dog is allowed in the campground. The worst way to start a trip is to get to the campsite only to be turned away because you have your dog with you. Most National and State parks will allow dogs, but have different restrictions, always check before you plan a trip. Once you get your trip booked, it’s time to start gathering everything you’ll need to make sure you dog stays safe and comfortable during your trip. Below, I have compiled a list of some of the essential gear that I’ve used while camping. Every trip is different(weather, terrain, length of trip, etc) so this is not an all inclusive list, but it’s a great starting point for the basics for most camping adventures.