We don’t go on long family vacations very often but we do go on weekend camping trips on a regular basis. Camping is one of our family’s favorite things to do together. Camping as a family means camping with our dog Brutus too. We tent camp in the state land or at state forest campgrounds that are typically dog friendly which is not the case with many hotels and resorts. Camping as a big family, including a dog, means a lot of planning on our part. Family Camping with Your Dog requires planning. As part of a sponsored series with The Nutro™ Company and Socialstars, we’re sharing some must have’s for Brutus as we pack up for a weekend camping trip. #HonestToDog”
Family Camping with Your Dog
When we pack up for camping it’s easy to remember all the things we need for ourselves and the kids – clothing & toiletries, bedding like sleeping bags & mats, food & dinnerware, firewood, lanterns & flashlights, things for the kids to do, camp chairs, clean drinking water, and the list goes on. But what about packing for our furry family member? He needs many of the same things to have a fun and comfortable camping trip.
Dogs like familiarity. Taking along their favorite dog bed, blanket, or pillow will help them sleep when you’re camping. It’s a lot like camping with a baby…if they don’t have their favorite blanket they may struggle to get comfortable and fall asleep. In addition to bedding or blankets be sure to pack a crate or kennel for your dog if you have room, especially if he’s used to being in one. That crate is your dog’s personal space and a place they feel safe. If it’s available for him at bedtime or as a place to escape when needed your dog will be much happier and rest better.
Okay, so your dog doesn’t need toilet paper or a toothbrush and toothpaste for a weekend camping trip. You do need to consider that he’s going to have to potty too. Be sure to bring bags and a scooper to clean up your dog’s messes. You don’t want your family, or other campers, stepping in those little (or not so little) piles that are left behind by your dog. Other toiletry type items to pack for your pet might include a brush, towels to clean their paws, shampoo in case they get into something really messy, and any medications your pet needs on a regular basis.
One thing to remember when camping with a pet is that insects can bite your pet, causing irritation and disease just like if we’re bit. Be sure to protect your pet from tics and fleas, the 2 most common pests for pets. Remember that protecting them from these often require treatment before heading into the woods and that protecting them year round is a good idea.
Food & Dinnerware
We love to cook over the campfire. Some of our favorite recipes are for campfire cooking. Sometimes we just cook simple hot-dogs over the fire. While these foods and recipes are great for us, they aren’t appropriate for Brutus. We know that giving him table scraps at home is not good for him. The same is true at camp. We always make sure to pack food for him along with our food and pantry items. We don’t want him to feel like he’s missing out on our favorite recipes so we bring along NUTRO™ ROTATIONS™ for him.
Only NUTRO™ Rotations™ offers a solution to feeding Brutus a variety with digestive stability. Let me tell you. Digestive stability is so important, especially when camping. If his stomach isn’t feeling well it can be a real disaster away from home. With NUTRO™ Rotations™ it’s always real meat, poultry or fish as the first ingredient. They also use whole grains and the finest fruits and vegetables. The food is made with Non-GMO ingredients which is so important and they never use corn, wheat, chicken by-product meal or soy protein as fillers.
Don’t forget to bring along your dog’s food and water dish. Whether they are his usual dishes or a travel set, be sure you have something for him when meal time comes.
Things to Do
The kids like to play catch and go for walks when we camp. My husband likes to get up early and go for a jog before the rest of camp wakes up. I like to sit and read. What about our Brutus? While he’s often happy just relaxing with his people, he likes to have stuff to do too. We pack his favorite toys, balls for him to play fetch, and his leash for taking walks or jogs. Speaking of a leash, make sure you pack a tie out for those instances where he needs to be tied up at camp rather than wandering around (for his safety and others).
Clean Drinking Water
This might the most important item on our list, for ourselves and Brutus. Never count on a campground having water that is safe to drink. Drinking adequate amounts of water when your camping and active is so important and it’s important for your furry friend too. It’s often hot and preventing dehydration is so important. If the water at camp isn’t something you feel safe giving your children or drinking yourself, don’t give it to your dog either. Bring along several jugs of safe, clean drinking water for all of you.
These are just some of the key items we’re sure to take along for camping with Brutus.
What do you take along for Family Camping with Your Dog?
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I haven’t tried it yet, my puppy is only one month this is great to know because sometimes we are thinking about family camping.
Uplifting Families says
My in laws take their dogs camping with them. I highly recommend that you make sure they are microchipped just in case they get lost. Don’t forget about their shots. They used their crates to kennel them up if they were gone for several hours and the dogs couldn’t go.
Angie K says
These are some great tips thanks!!
Rebecca Swenor says
I love camping with the dogs. They have so much fun when we go camping and they love to go in the lake sometimes too. The Nutro Rotations I will have to try because I love that it has no GMO in it which is not good for anything.
That is such a good looking tent! These are awesome ideas for taking a pup camping.
My grandparents and aunt and uncle always took their dogs when we went camping. I bet my aunt and uncle still do. 🙂
Sounds like a wonderful time for dogs! I would love to take our Bella out on a camping trip.
Dawn McAlexander says
I haven’t been camping in years. I would love to take my dogs if I ever go again, though. What fun!
Ann Bacciaglia says
My Sister goes camping with her dogs. She has a portable dog house so the dogs always have some shade.
I don’t camp much but if I did I would definitely take my dog. I bet she would love it!
Chubskulit Rose says
We have never been anywahere with our dog but these are great tips. I love your dog’s name, Brutus sounds toughie.
I’ve never taken our dogs to camp because they love to run around around and explore. These are great tips.
Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey says
Camping with your dog sounds like fun but we never really had tried that out. Great tips, I may reconsider the thought!
Jenn Peters says
I’d love to take our dog camping someday. I know he’d love it! But he is a beagle, so I’d have to make sure our neighbors are far enough away that he doesn’t hear every little pin drop. Lol.
Nancy L. says
I never thought to take our dog camping, but why not? Dogs are, after all, a part of the family! 🙂 Looks like he’s enjoying his healthy dog food too! 🙂
As much as I’m sure my dogs would love it, I can’t imagine camping with 4 dogs. They will have to learn to live with being house dogs!
We have never taken our dog on vacation or camping with us. This does sound like a lot of fun though. I’m sure my son would enjoy it too.
I have never taken a dog camping before. I like the tips about bring something from home like a bed or blanket to reassure them! Great tip!
Ronda Ogilvie says
our family LOVES camping as well! These are all really great tips for bringing your pup along! I seem to always forget something!
I have always wanted to take our dog with us camping or on vacation for that matter, but our dog would run after all the birds and then jump in the water. Its funny to watch… not to clean! LOL
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
These are great ideas. We lucked out big time with our dog. He LOVES to travel. He doesn’t care where we’re going as long as he’s in the car with us.
Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says
Our dog is a spaz and literally cannot be around other humans without having a major anxiety attack. I wish we could take him with us, though.