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Five Tips for Camping With Your Dog

A white, shaggy dog standing in front of a tent on top of a patch of grass in the mountains at FurHaven Pet Products

Camping With Your Dog: Five Outdoors Tips!


Who doesn't love stepping away from the hustle and bustle of life and spending time out in nature? Being a dog parent comes with some extra responsibility, especially when vacationing in the great outdoors. That's why we put together a few tips and tricks to make camping with your dog a fun time with minimal worries and maximum relaxation.

1) Choose A Dog Friendly Campsite

A person and a dog sitting in a tent near a coastline at FurHaven Pet Products

Believe it or not, not all campsites are dog friendly. Don't wait until you're at the park entrance and the ranger tells you to head back home because the huge puppy eyes sadly didn't work. Make sure you educate yourself on the status of park policies beforehand, and pick a campsite that welcomes your furry friend. If you're looking for a good service that helps you find pet friendly areas near you, is a great website that can help!

2) Prep And Pack In Advance

A person wearing camping gear standing on some dirt in the wilderness holding a backpack at FurHaven Pet Products

It's so easy to forget something important when packing in a rush! Take your time, and make a well-thought out check list: dog food, water bowl, waste bags, etc. Think about everything your pup uses at home, and then think about what they also might need while traveling. Don't forget the first aid kit!

3) Make sure their vaccinations are up-to-date

Two small dogs, a Corgi and a Yorkshire Terrier, running through a sunlit field at FurHaven Pet Products

Although this might not be checked at the campsite, it's crucial to your dog's health & other the doggos around them that they're vaccinated while exploring the great outdoors. You can read our article about the importance of pet vaccination to learn more!

4) Use flea & tick protection

A brown and black dog standing on some rocks overlooking a large, forested valley at FurHaven Pet Products

It's no secret that fleas and ticks thrive outside. Whether you plan to hike a few miles or simply hang out at the campsite, your pup could easily run into some not-so-friendly tiny little faces that may carry diseases. Using flea & tick protection is so important! As always, discuss with your vet beforehand what is best for your dog- it's always good to check.

If you'd like to read a more in-depth guide on flea and tick prevention, check out our blog on it!


5) Invest in camping gear for your doggo

A very bundled up brown dog looking sleepy in the wilderness at FurHaven Pet Products

Your doggo might need some things that they don't necessarily need at home every day. Investing in grade-A camping & travel gear could not only keep them safe, but make them feel comfy even while away from home. It's also a huge convivence when packing if you already have a camping gear pile ready to grab and go. Below are a few products we recommend!

Trail Pup Packable Stuff Sack Travel Pillow


FurHaven's Trail Pup Packable Travel Pillow

A golden lab sitting on a FurHaven Trail Pup Packable Stuff Sack Travel Pet Pillow


This travel pillow is the perfect campsite bed! Your doggo will feel like they have their very own sleeping bag, just like their humans do. It comes in a small travel bag, so you can easily whip it out for those post-hike naps, or take it on the go. Dirt wipes off easily, so there's no worries about getting it dirty.

LED Safety Light-Up Collar


FurHaven's LED Safety Light-Up Collar

A white puppy wearing a FurHaven LED Safety Light-Up Collar


Our LED safety light-up collar comes in different neon colors so you can easily spot your dog as they explore around the campsite, especially at night. You can find it here.

We have a couple more articles for additional advice on doing outdoorsy-type things with your pup. Check out our articles on how to keep your dog hydrated, as well as tips for hiking with your dog!


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