GoCampingAmerica.com | Posted June 2nd,


Camping with Pets


Happy Camper Blog



Your pets are
part of the family, so it’s only natural to want to take them along on your
camping trips. Before you do, though, here are a few things to consider to
make sure that Fido or Fluffy enjoys the experience as much as you do!

Dog leaning out window

1.     Do a Reality
You know your pet better than anyone else, so make sure
that their personality is suited for camping. Are they easily excitable? Do
they bark a lot? Do they get stressed in unfamiliar situations?  If
so, you may want to acclimate them to new outdoor experiences by taking them
for a series of short hikes before bringing them along on an actual camping
trip. On the other hand, if they’re highly adaptable and play well with
others, you’re good to go! 

2.     Check
with Your Campground
. Of course, you’ll need to make sure that
your campground is pet friendly, but you’ll also need to learn what their
rules are regarding leashing and tethering so you can pack the appropriate
equipment. Keep in mind that many campgrounds do not allow you to leave pets
unattended, so decide how that rule will factor in to your plans before you
decide to bring your pet along. Some campgrounds also place limits on the
number or weight of pets.

3.     Be
Make sure your pet is healthy, up to date on
vaccinations and has protection from fleas, ticks and heartworm. Bring along
their regular food (and favorite treats!) so their diet doesn’t change, as
well as any medications they may be taking. It’s also a good idea to bring
their vet records along in case of an emergency. 


4.     Tag
our Pet. If your pet’s tag only
has your home phone number on it, you’ll want to get a new one with your cell
phone number. Another idea is to write your campsite number on a sticker and
apply it to your pet’s tag or collar. If your pet isn’t already microchipped,
you might want to have this done before you leave home so you’ll be even
better prepared should your pet wander off.

5.     Pack
Something Familiar from Home.
If your pet has a favorite toy
or bedding, bring it along. You may also want to pack a small tarp to put under
the bed.

6.     Be Ready
to do Clean-up Duty
. You’ll need to pick up after your pet out
of respect for your campground and fellow campers, so be sure to pack those
poop bags.

7.     Stay
Check frequently to make sure your pet has plenty of
shade and water. Also, since pets are naturally curious, be on guard against
unwanted encounters with skunks and other wild critters, and check your pet’s
paws and fur for burrs, thorns and other natural matter they may pick up

Above all, have fun with your pet and take plenty of photos to
document the experience!