Camping With Dogs – Everything You Need To Pack – Free Printables
For our second camping trip I came better prepared (read more about our camping trip here). We had a tarp just for them as well as blankets and even Opie’s bed so his legs will get a rest from the hard ground. [By the way, if you have a dog that has joint issues I highly recommend using a joint supplement for canines. I used to use Rejuvenate from Banfield Pet Hospital but now I am looking into a new brand. Will update when I find something I really like.] I would lay the tarp down and put their blanket and bed on it and they were happy as can be. I also brought a few toys and monitored their food and water more carefully. I also brought a lot more water than I did at the previous trip. One thing I do is that I keep my milk jugs and I wash them out and fill them up with filtered water from home. I have about 5 or 6 in the laundry room. Beats buying new water jugs every camping trip and also eliminates waste going into our landfills. If you don’t use your jugs you can always recycle them.For their food I gave them food in the morning and gave them about an hour to eat while we ate our breakfast and then put it up to make sure it didn’t get bad or filled with ants or any other bugs. I used a coffee container to store their dog food in. [Can you tell I like to reuse and avoid trashing our planet even more? I use these containers to plant my herbs and flowers in too. Just paint them and put holes on the bottom and you got yourself an upcycled pot.] I also packed more food then I needed. You know, just in case Yara wants to spill it everywhere like she does with her water.
I also found some amazing dog travel bags by Overland Dog Gear to store all of your pet’s camping items in. They have 3 available: one for small dogs, one for medium and large dogs, and one any size dog weekend getaway bag. I was putting all of my stuff in a box and found these bags to be very convenient. You can put all of your items in there including food, leashes, collars, and extra items. Also don't forget to pick them up some toys to play with. I highly recommend a tug rope to play tug of war with them. It's my boxers favorite.
I also found these 2 pet friendly First Aid Kits which has the majority of the items that you need to have just in case of an emergency. One of them is from Adventure Dogs which is my favorite cause it also includes a $16 field manual which covers important information on being outdoors and emergency situations. You can also add more items to your kit down the road as you use it by purchasing Adventure Dog's Heeler Series or even use it for walks and hikes. This kit includes a small first aid manual for pets which can come very handy during the rush of an emergrncy situation. The second First Aid Kit that I highly recommend is the AKC's Pet'store First Aid kit which comes in a zippered hard case pouch consisting of 46 pieces. It doesn't bring a manual though which was the only down part about it but you can always purchase a small pocket guide like this one here to place in your kit. I chose the 3 pack one so this way you can have one in the First Aid Kit, one in your backpack, and one in the car. Purchasing these kits are very convenient as it makes your shopping a little easier and it has plenty of more room to add any other things that you may want to include or may need such as over the counter medications, prescription medications, and ointments just to name a few. (Please don't use Adams or Hartz as they have a history of toxicity in pets that have used their products. I have personally seen these cases first hand while working as a Veterinary Assistant and I would personally never use them on my pets.)
First Aid Kit
If you have more than one fur-baby I would make a laminated list with their names on the top, the over the counter medication and the dosage for that one pet, along with their weight, breed, allergies if any, prescription medications that they may be on, veterinary information and veterinarian’s name, and vaccine history. I would keep this handy in your First Aid Kit at all times. I would also include a poison control number and information. Ps: Hydrogen peroxide can induce vomiting if your pet has consumed a poisonous substance or something that may be causing discomfort. Discuss dosages for induced vomiting for your pet with your veterinarian first before doing trying this procedure. You can find a free printable below to fill out at home and laminate along with a printable packing list and first aid kit items.There's a few informational links listed below for your convenience.
I can't stress enough that food, water, and being prepared is key to a happy camping trip with your pup. Plan according to the weather, location, and your pet. If you are prepared then you are going to be stressed free and for sure a happy camper along with your pup. If you like this post, please feel free to share it with your friends. Thank you and happy camping!