Ultimate Guide to Camping With Dogs – Camping Essentials and Tips

Ultimate Guide to Camping With Dogs – Camping Essentials and Tips

This coming long weekend will be Limone’s first overnight ‘camping’ experience. While she’s had plenty of practice spending a day on campgrounds, and even staying overnight at a cottage, we haven’t had the opportunity to try overnight ‘camping’ with her until next month.

Naturally I’m very excited to introduce her to this activity. I’ve already spent quite a few hours scouring through videos, travel blogs, and other articles to ensure that our first overnight camping trip with Limone will be the smoothest and best experience for all of us. I’ll be sharing all my findings with you in today’s post!

I’m sure you’ve noticed I’ve been putting ‘camping’ in quotations. Technically we’re going on a ‘glamping’ trip and staying at a large luxury tent with a bed. But don’t close the post yet! This guide to camping with dogs is meant to complement any dog-friendly camping adventure. There’s bound to be something on this list for every type of camping you’ll be doing with your dog!

In today’s post, I’ll be walking you through:

  1. Essentials to bring when camping with dogs
  2. Tips for camping with dogs for the first time
  3. Basic etiquette when you’re camping with dogs or near dogs

I figured that while I was researching for my own trip, I might as well cover as many future scenarios as possible too!

Keep in mind that as I am writing this prior to our first camping experience with a dog, (and we’re glamping to boot), we haven’t tested everything that’s listed out here, but this list is based on many recommendations and tips that other bloggers and vloggers have already mentioned in the past. Once we have a few more camping adventures under our belt, I’ll be sure to regularly update this page with any additional comments or gear we thought was helpful.

If you’d like to read more articles relating to specific camping experiences, I have included a full list of all the other travel blogger posts and videos that I referenced at the bottom of this post. Many of these bloggers also include further posts about their own specific camping experiences (like camping in high altitude, or in the winter time).


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Ultimate Guide to Camping With Dogs – Camping Essentials and Tips – Contents

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Essentials to Bring When Camping with Dogs

PC: Cottonbro

Food & Drinks

Every dog has different food needs so your list may vary from mine. Bring the appropriate amount of food, treats, and quantity of fresh drinking water that meets your dog needs for the duration of your camping trip.

  • Dog Food / Meals – Bring more food than you think. Even if you’re day camping, bring some of your dog’s food with you. They’ll be expending more energy and may need the extra boost of nutrition to keep up with you. The extra meal portions will also be great for emergencies if you end up staying at the camp longer than you expected. For camping, dry kibble is generally the easiest to store and carry with you.
  • Treats – Bring both medium and high value treats with you. Camping trips will be great opportunities to work on socialization, reinforcement of existing obedience in new settings, distraction training, (like seeing other dogs or wildlife) and having treats will aid in recall. Even if you’re on a day trip, there’s definitely opportunities to train everywhere.
  • Water – Dogs drink anywhere from 15 ml to 45 ml per pound a day. For example, we’d need to bring 3.5 L of water for Limone (at 25 pounds), for a 2 night, 3 day camping trip. Even if your camping spot has an outdoor water source, you need to ensure that your dog drinks from a reliable water source to avoid illnesses like Giardia or Leptospira, which can cause liver and/or kidney damage and even death to your dog. The best recommendation is to bring your own filtered water into the camp, or consider purifying water onsite by boiling, or via other water filtration methods. If the water has blue-green algae, you should avoid drinking it even after using a purification method. No amount of boiling or filtration will prevent it from entering your dog’s system. Please see Pawsitively Intrepid’s very informative article for why you shouldn’t let your dog drink from lakes or rivers for more detail on what the potential illnesses are and what the best methods of water purification are to keep your dog happy and healthy.
  • 2 Silicone Collapsible Bowls – One for water, one for food. These are quiet, heat resistant, resistant to odours, and can pack small so having one for water and one food is pretty ideal when you’re going on a camping trip with your dog!
  • Collapsible Measuring Cup – Assuming your food isn’t pre-portioned already, it’s best to bring a collapsible measuring cup to dole out your dog’s food

Optional Food & Drink

  • Waterproof Travel Dog Food Bag – For long haul trips, it’s best to store your dog’s food kibble in the car, or in a clip-on ripstop dry bag. Like human food, it’s best to store kibble away from your tent hanging high in a tree overnight to prevent wildlife from eating its contents.
  • Dog Treat Pouch I’m always looking for opportunities to train Limone so whenever she and I are out, you can be certain that I have a dog treat pouch slung on my body with treats and clickers at hand. I normally use this on day hikes and I listed this as I imagine backpack campers are looking for minimal gear.

Dog Gear

Dog in a dog bed, flat lay of basic essentials for dogs
PC: Mathew Coulton
  • Identification Tags – Should you lose your dog during you camping stay, a dog tag can be used to help other campers and people bring your dog back to you. At a minimum, the tag should include your dog’s name, a phone number, and medical needs. Nice to haves can include microchipping information as well as a reward message if found. If you’re able to, bring a Sharpie marker with you so that you can also mark your campsite’s location on the tag when you’re camping. You can easily remove Sharpie markings afterwards with some rubbing alcohol.
  • Leashes – at a minimum, you should bring one leash with you. Even if the location you’re camping out allows for free roam with your dog, you’ll likely want one one you for a number of occasions including: during camp setup (if your dog can be left unattended), on hiking trails or hiking difficult cliffs for assistance, during cooking and bonfires (for safety). Most campgrounds and trails have a 6ft maximum leash length so make sure to prepare ahead and determine what length of leashes would be appropriate for your visit. However, from what I’ve read and seen, many people still recommend bringing multiple leash lengths to provide freedom and versatility where applicable. Note: some articles mentioned to avoid bringing your dog camping with a retractable leash. Because of the thinner leash in a retractable device, these leashes are more prone to getting entangled and potentially snapping in branches, bushes, and while on the campsite, getting ensnared or tangled on camping equipment more so than a standard leash.
  • Reflective Collar and Harness – Many travelers also advise packing an extra set in case of breakage. For our trip, we will be bringing both Limone’s reflective collar and her reflective harness.
  • Doggy / Poop Bags – Even if you’re camping in the backcountry, it is always important to pick up after your dog. Many people may believe that leaving dog waste outside is good fertilizer for the wildlife, but unlike cow manure, dog poop is acidic enough to destroy the grass and other vegetation underneath it. Furthermore, dog waste is considered an environmental pollutant and the pathogens (even if your dog is vaccinated, its poop could still contain bacteria that can cause illnesses like E. Coli, Salmonella, etc.) and nutrients in the dog waste could get washed into waterways which can make people sick, and also stimulate algae growth in waters.
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Spring/Summer Dog Gear

Corgi swimming with dog lifejacket
  • Dog life jacket
  • Rain jacket
  • Dog-friendly Insect Repellant – DEET and Picaridin – common ingredients used for human insect repellants are toxic to dogs and can cause vomiting and diarrhea when ingested. You can protect your dog from the dangerous effects of insect bites by using an oral medication prescribed the vet like Simparica Trio which protects against ticks, fleas, and heartworms caused by mosquito bites. While they protect from the illnesses, this does not prevent your dog from getting bit in the first place. As such, you may also want to consider an insect repellant that uses essential oils such as tea tree, neem, lemon eucalyptus, and citronella to repel the insects. However, please ensure that any DIY repellants are using diluted concentrations of the essential oils to prevent potential skin irritations. Note: If you are camping with cats as well do some additional research! While some essential oils are safe for dogs, others can be toxic for cats! You’ll need to do additional research to find an insect repellant that is both dog and cat friendly.
  • Cooling Towel and/or Cooling Jacket – for dogs that tend to overheat quickly or for dogs coming along for long hikes, a cooling towel or cooling jacket will help your dog from overheating. These items work when wet so make sure to drench the items before placing on your dog to ensure they benefit from the evaporative and cooling effects.
  • Orange Vest – If you’re camping in wooded areas or in hunting areas, put an orange vest on your dog for greater visibility and identification.

Fall/Winter Dog Gear

Woman with Corgi hiking in the winter
  • Warm jacket
  • Winter Dog Booties

Optional Dog Gear

  • Dog Poop Container – This is something I didn’t even consider until I started researching for my own trip! As you know, dog poop can smell – especially in the humid summer months. If you’re camping for several days, those poop bag smells can add up! There are dog poop container products (like PooVault, or Turdle) that you can purchase that are leak-proof and stink-proof to make carrying out your dog’s poop an easier and more pleasant experience. While it certainly seems like a nice-to-have item, others have also recommended a good alternative – a large Ziploc bag with dryer sheets to hold the poop and stink at bay until you can throw things out. At the very least bring an extra Zipoc bag to hold all the dog poop.
  • GPS Tracking Device – For those of us with wanderlust dogs, a GPS Tracking Device such as a Tile or GPS Tracking Collars may be useful to bring along with you while camping. Based on our own experiences, Limone is pretty much a Velcro dog so I don’t think we will need one of these for our camping trips, but I’ve listed this out as a potential life saving and worry-reducing option for others who may need it!
  • Basket Muzzle – It might be unsettling to think about needing a muzzle for your dog, but hear me out and you may want to consider getting one too! Basket Muzzles are muzzles that allow dogs to pant, drink, and eat all while reducing the chances of biting or eating something they aren’t supposed to. While muzzles are conventionally associated with fearful and aggressive dogs or dogs with a history of biting, a muzzle may be used on non-aggressive dog for safety. For example, shy dogs on trails may benefit from a muzzle as the muzzle can act as a psychological deterrent to prevent people from approaching you and your shy dog, ensuring that all parties can have a pleasant interaction. Furthermore, a muzzle may keep your dog from licking, sniffing or eating things you may not want your dog to including: potentially toxic plants, eating dead animals, or eating other animal’s poop. If you’re willing to train your dog to use a muzzle, there’s definitely some benefits into considering one if you think you and your dog may benefit from it’s uses.
  • Day Pack (human usage) – As you’re going through this list you may realize that you might end up packing a lot of things for your dog! You may want to consider a specific day pack made specifically to carry your dog’s gear, food, and drinks to keep everything centrally located.
  • Dog Backpack – Some owners may want their dogs to carry some of their gear with them. Most healthy dogs can comfortably carry 5-10% of their weight on them. More athletic dogs may be able to carry up to 25% of their weight if they’ve been regularly exercised. However since I have a low-riding corgi, we decided against giving Limone a backpack. It’d just end up dragging on the ground with her and I’m more than happy to carry her gear to extend her hike duration as much as possible! (Her maximum is 10km a day to keep within her fitness level and reduce any back or joint injuries. This is without any additional weight on her body)

Grooming

  • Towels – most people recommend bringing at least two towels for your dog during the summer – one for wiping mud and dirt off them and another for drying them off after swimming activities as required. While cotton is a good option, many campers prefer to use microfiber towels for the lightness and packability. These towels are also suitable for dog use as well – just make sure to label or set aside specific colors that are for dog use only!
  • Baby Wipes – Sometimes your dog may just need a quick wipe down before settling into the tent with you. Baby wipes are great alternative to a full shower. They can be used to wipe down small amounts of dirt, in between the paws, and for loosening dried mud. If you’re using baby wipes, unscented wipes are the least irritating for your dog’s coat and skin.

Optional Grooming

  • Brush – Depending on your dog’s coat, you may need to bring your dog’s brushes and combs with you. With all the camping activities like swimming and hiking, you may need to detangle your dog’s fur every night to reduce matting and to help with your end of day checks for injuries and ticks
  • Biodegradable Soap – If you must bathe your dog, try to use water and scrubbing motions first to remove as much of the dirt as possible. If for whatever reason you must bathe your dog, bring some gentle dog-friendly biodegradable soap like Dr. Bronner’s unscented castile soap. Remember, while biodegradable soap is better for the environment, you should not be washing yourself or your dog in bodies of water directly. Even biodegradable soap will affect the lake chemistry and have a negative impact on the aquatic organisms in the water. Try to bathe your dog at least 70 meters away from any water sources and dispose of your soapy water six inches deep to allow bacteria in the soil to biodegrade the soap more easily

Health

Corgi in a cone holding a long leash in mouth
  • Any Medication your dog requires – this can include tick and flea medication, allergy medication, etc.
  • Animal First Aid Kit – You may not require a specific animal first aid kit if you already have a standard first aid kit. However, there are some specific items that may better help with recovering or supporting any injuries your dog may get including: pet bandages – sized for pet use, paw wax for sand, hot pavement, blister, ice, and salt prevention.
  • Tick Removal Kit or Tweezers – During tick season, it is always necessary to be extra wary and thoroughly check your dog for any ticks that may have latched onto your dog. For those of us unfamiliar with removing ticks, a tick removal kit can be useful as they often include simple first aid items as well as specialized tools to remove ticks as safely and quickly as possible. They also include instructions so that you can be confident that you’ll be removing the ticks off your dog with as little discomfort as possible. However, packing tweezers will also suffice if you are comfortable with removing them without any specialized devices.
  • Rubber Gloves – Latex or rubber gloves should be packed to help with removing ticks if they do not come in a kit already.
  • Plastic Sealable Bag – for storing any ticks you pick up
  • Dog-friendly Sunscreen – if your dog’s fur color is light in color or there are thin patches (especially around the snout), your dog can also get sunburnt. Look for unscented, minimum spf-30 kid-friendly sunscreens – these will likely also be dog-friendly as well. However, according to the American Kennel Club, avoid these toxic sunscreen ingredients: Zinc Oxide, Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA). Sunscreen should be applied to the tip of the snout, the bridge of the nose and the tips of the ears at a minimum. For really short haired or light-coated dogs, you may also want to consider purchasing a sun suit or sun shirt for your dog.
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Campsite

Woman holding corgi dog relaxing in a hammock in the fall
  • Documentation – Have a few special papers on hand including vaccine records, proof of ownership, and your pet license (if your province or state requires one for camping). These items may come in handy should you need to visit an emergency veterinary clinic away from home.
  • Water Resistant Dog Bed – While it is possible to bring your dog’s standard dog bed from home, many travelers recommend a water resistant dog bed for the summer months. The water resistance material will help with clean up and will also avoid a dew soaked bed the morning after ensuring your dog’s bed will remain a dry and warm space to rest upon
  • Dog Sleeping Bag – For additional warmth for the cooler camping months or for additional dryness a dog-specific sleeping bag in addition to a dog bed will help with their comfort and sleep
  • Outdoor Blanket – A water resistant and dog fur resistant outdoor blanket can be used in addition to a dog bed and sleeping bag for additional warmth if required – especially for winter camping months – this will be essential item. Many have recommended the Rumpl blanket for the water resistance and packability, but I’m sure there are also other options available.
  • Doggy Zipline / Tie-out / Portable Pet Pen – While you may have found a dog-friendly campsite, many campsites may require you to keep your dog leashed while staying on campgrounds. Also if you have a bonfire or are cooking food, or setting up a tent, it may be best to secure your dog somewhere while your attention is elsewhere for their safety’s sake. Depending on the size of your dog, you may want to consider bringing a portable pet pen with you. Other alternatives include a standard stake and tie-out system, or a doggy zipline. If there are trees, I’d definitely prefer a doggy zipline over all other options as it provides maximum freedom for the dog in their designated zones with minimal leash tangles around the campgrounds.
  • Removable Dog Collar Lights / Portable Lights – During the night, keeping a light on your dog will help you and other campers know where your dog is. Many travelers have recommend removable dog collar lights as they can not only be used by the dogs themselves, but also provide additional lighting in your tent when everyone has settled in for the night.
  • Larger Tent – Consider sizing up your tent size when bringing your dog to accommodate the extra space required if you’re not a fan of extra tight snuggling. Most campers recommend going up one person to accommodate the extra space your dog and their gear takes up in the tent.
  • Sleeping Pads – When going up a size, you may also want to consider purchasing additional sleeping pads for your dog’s sleeping area as well. Sleeping pads not only provide additional comfort for your dog, but also provides critical protection from cold ground temperatures as well.
  • Carabiners – If your dog is an escape artist at night and might seem like the type that can undo tent zippers, then securing the tent’s zippers with carabiners will ensure that you have a restful, worry-free sleep
  • (optional) Elevated Pet Bed – Much like how we bring folding chairs for ourselves, you may want to consider an elevated pet bed for your dog to rest outside on the campgrounds. Many dogs appreciate the elevated pet bed to allow for cooler ventilation during the hot summer months as well as avoiding the cold ground during the cooler fall and winter months.

Recreational Items

  • Frisbees
  • Dog-friendly soccer balls (e.g. Jolly balls that do not deflate when punctured)
  • Chuckit ball launcher and balls
  • Tug toys
  • Chew toys
  • Edible chews

Tips for Camping with Dogs for the First Time

Now that you know what to bring when you’re camping with your dog, here are some additional tips and considerations you should review before camping with your dog.

Tips Before Camping

Man with corgi dog at Dundas Peak in cooler temperature

Before you book you camping trip, make sure to do a quick and honest evaluation of you and your dog’s overall health and fitness level. Ensure that you’re prepared for the type of camping trip you’re looking for by reviewing and answering the questions below:

  1. What is your pet’s current limitations? Do you regularly take your dog out for 30-90 minutes of physical activity at least 4-5 times a week, or are you more of a weekend warrior type of dog? What is the terrain and trail conditions? Are their paws condition for rough surfaces? Is your dog prepared for the temperatures you might encounter? Will it be too hot to leave them in a vehicle or tent if you need to? Are they prepared for cold nights at elevation? Can you carry enough water and food for them? – A dog’s health, fitness, and stamina level are very much dependent on their daily routine and breed type. If you and your dogs are more of a weekend warrior type, you shouldn’t expect your dog to be able to keep up with you on 5+ km hikes with you on your camping trip. Suddenly expecting them to keep up with you for more challenging physical activity can result in injury and medical problems. Even for regularly exercised dogs, 5-10km might be too much depending on their breed type and weather. If you’re planning on hiking or swimming a lot, plan for frequent stops and be alert for signs of over exercise and overheating (e.g. watch for ripped paw pads, stiff muscles, behavioral changes, excessive panting, vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, etc.).
  2. Are your dog’s vaccines up to date? Check your dog’s recent medical history. Is your dog’s vaccinations up to date? At a minimum, your dog should be regularly vaccinated for: Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, Hepatitis, and Rabies. If you’re going onto dog-friendly campgrounds, you should also consider: Bordetella (Kennel Cough), Lyme Disease, and if your dog is drinking from unknown water sources, Leptospirosis. If you’re camping in the deep woods, consider Rattle Snake vaccinations as well. Do you research and ensure that the your dog is protected against any potential exposures before camping.
  3. Do you know where the nearest veterinarian clinics and animal emergency hospitals to your campground? Nobody really wants to consider this, and everyone hopes that their dog will be safe and sound throughout the trip, but you should always know where the nearest veterinarian clinics and animal emergency hospitals are for you should any accidents or injuries occur. Make a list of the clinics, their contact information, as well as their hours before heading over to the campground and keep it somewhere that is waterproof, and easy to find.
  4. What are the dog regulations for the area you are heading to?
  5. Are there seasonal wildlife closures that you need to be aware of? How does your dog react to wild animals? What are the local hazards such as predators, dangerous terrain, or diseases? Is it hunting season where you are going?
  6. Have they slept outside before? What is your dog’s personality like? If you know your dog is an alert barker, consider choosing a campground at the corner of a park to limit disturbances, or choose private campgrounds instead of provincial to avoid noise complaints.
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In addition to being able to answer the questions above here are some tips to prepare for your first time camping with your dogs:

  1. If your dog is not familiar with sleeping outside or away from home, try a dry run sleeping outside in your backyard or for one night first. Many dogs may feel anxious with sleeping in the open air or in a new, unfamiliar space (like a tent). To alleviate their anxiety, you can bring familiar scented blankets, dog beds, toys, and chews to alleviate their anxiety. Others have also found that thunder shirts may help alleviate the initial anxiety as well.
  2. Clip their nails before you go. Inspect your pet’s nails to ensure that they are neat and short. With the additional exercise and new terrain, there is a higher chance of painful nail splits occurring for dogs with long nails to reduce potential injuries
  3. Pack all of your dog’s items in one pack. Keeping all your dog’s items together will make it a lot easier when packing and looking for things your dogs need. Many recommend a separate day pack or large duffel bag to hold all of your dog’s gear to ensure nothing gets lost.
  4. Pick a camp at least 230ft (70 m) from water sources. As part of the leave no trace principles, water contamination can occur in large bodies of water. Dog marking, like other campground liquids like soapy water, and our own excrements can affect the water chemistry and have a negative impact on the aquatic organisms in the water.

Tips When Camping

Lunch break beside car
Lunch break beside car – taken by Angelo’s brother: @afmsnaps

Here are some tips to consider when camping with your dog:

  1. When you first arrive at the camp, walk your dog on a leash around the area. By keeping your pet on leash, you will still be able to satisfy your dog’s curiosity to explore the area without worrying about your pet taking off or finding something they shouldn’t. If you’re staying at a regular campground, it may be common that previous campers may not have cleaned up as well as the should have, and you may find chicken bones, or other hazardous-for-dog food items like grapes or chocolate around the area. Keeping your dog on leash can help you manage and clean the site while keeping your dog safe.
  2. Feed your pet at the end of the day. With all the new activity and possible heat of the day, your pet’s eating habits may change. Many dogs lose their appetite in unfamiliar areas, or during a really hot day. Try to see if your pet will eat during the cooler hours of the day, like at night.
  3. Avoid Fatty Foods. Fatty foods may upset your dog’s stomach causing diarrhea, gas, or bloating. To minimize the chances of this occurring while you’re camping, its best to minimize the fat intake and stick to low-fat treats and meals instead.
  4. New toys or new chews can go a long way if your dog is uneasy. Many campers have mentioned that a new toy or a new chew can go a long way with helping your dog settle into their temporary home.
  5. Do an end of day check of your dog from snout to tail every night. Check for ticks, injuries, blisters, new mats in the fur and address any issues promptly. Many campers recommend doing a minimum of one nightly check to reduce bringing in ticks into the tent, and to ensure your dog is injury free and happy to continue on with new adventures for the next day.
  6. Be careful with your foods. Just a reminder that foods like grapes/raisins, garlic, onions, scallions, chocolate are not safe for your dog. Instead, try packing items that are dog-friendly such as peanut butter, baby carrots, apples (without the seeds). Be sure to keep those s’mores away from your pup!
  7. Respect your Pet’s Limitations. When camping with your dogs, you should to stick with the physical limitations and abilities of your dog rather than asking your dog to keep up with your physical activities. Always take frequent breaks in the shade, and keep your dog cool with lots of water and wearing cooling jackets. If allowed, make frequent swimming stops at different bodies of water too. Also, take into consideration your dog’s age. The physical limitations of a puppy versus an adult versus a senior dog will also change how much activity can be planned for your camping trip.
  8. Keep Your Dog Close. Avoid leaving your dog alone outside or inside a tent. Like leaving your dog in a hot car, leaving a dog unattended in a tent can cause overheating – even with ventilation. In the winter too, it is more difficult to gauge when the space is too cold for your dog. Some restless dogs may even destroy or chew through the tent and escape. Furthermore if you’re camping with smaller breeds, these dogs may be viewed as potential prey for predators like coyotes in the wilderness if left alone inside a tent or outside. If there are camping activities that are not dog friendly (e.g. park does not allow for dogs in canoes or kayaks), it is always better to have someone stay behind to supervise your dog. However, if you must leave your dog unattended for whatever reason, it is best to find a safe, open spot, secure your dog, and to stay within earshot of your pup. Limit their alone time to a maximum of one hour to minimize risks.

Basic Etiquette when Camping and Hiking with Dogs

Woman with corgi on trail in the fall

Hopefully you found today’s post helpful! I hope that you and your doggy friends have an amazing, stress-free camping experience as well. To wrap up today’s post, I’ve also included some basic etiquette reminders whenever we’re out with our dogs and sharing a public space – happy camping and trailing!

  1. Always be managing your dog on camp and trail – yield to others on trails and always follow camp and trail rules
  2. Always ask permission before approaching another dog – even if your dog may be friendly, the other dog may be shy, anxious, afraid, or in training. Even when passing by other dog friendly campgrounds, it is always best to ask for permission instead of letting the dogs meet up on their own
  3. Advocate for your dog This one is very important. While we do our best to respect and ensure everyone’s safety, sometimes well-intentioned strangers or dogs may approach you when you’re camping or hiking. If your dog is shy or anxious, remember to advocate for your dog as well. If safe to do so, you can always set yourself up as a physical wall between your dog and others or walk away from the situation if your dog does not want to engage with others.
Happy Camping! From Limone to you!

Sources

As promised above, here are some video sources and further reading material that I went through to help create this post. I really couldn’t have done it without reviewing so many other people’s experiences and journeys to help prepare for our own camping trip so if you do have some additional time, please do consider giving them a view or read. Enjoy!

Do you have other tips or packing essentials that you bring when camping with dogs? Let us know in the comments below!

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Maria is the founder of SYDE Road, a blog about adventure and often-times dog-friendly traveling. She loves researching and planning for trips and is the 'project manager' for many of the small group adventures documented on this blog. She believes that while it is always best to go into a trip with a plan, the best planned trips are always the ones that have time built-in to explore and get a bit lost. Her itineraries are detailed with safety hints and tips, but are also peppered with unique travel stories and experiences that are the result of free time, getting lost, or stepping off the main trails. She aims to inspire others and give people the confidence to travel the world and get a bit sidetracked!

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