Tips for Camping
With Your Pet
Planning on a camping trip and
bringing the family pet? Well it is just as
important to plan what you take for you pet on a camping trip as it
is to plan for yourself. Here are a few tips to help keep your
pet safe and comfortable on the camping trip.
Food and Water
Remember that the change in environment, travel and excitement can
over-stimulate your animal so you must counter these changes by
trying to keep everything else as stable as possible.
Food: Keep feeding your dog their regular food while traveling.
The last thing that you need is a sick animal while on vacation.
Bottled Water: Water
quality varies in
different parts of the country so in order to prevent illness
give your animals bottled water at all times.
Treats: Be sure to include your pets treats. Again do not
change the variety -- keep to what you know works.
or Dish: Be sure you have something to put you pet's
water/food in. They do sell travel bowls in pet stores if
you want to save space.
Be sure to bring a bed for your animal it will help them to feel
secure in the strange environment.
- Crate: If you use a
crate for your dog then fold it up and take it along. This
is part of your dog's routine and you want to keep change at a
Purchase some new toys for the trip just as you would do with
your child. This will help to keep your animal
occupied during the trip. If they have a favorite old toy
make sure you take that along as well. Also, consider you
will be outside so maybe include a Frisbee or ball so that you
can play fetch.
If your animal takes any kind of medication always take it with
you on the trip and make sure that you have extra. You
should never assume that you will be able to get it on the road.
Since you will be spending a great deal of time outdoors make
sure you your animals are up-to date with shots and with their
flee and tick treatment.
- Coat or
Sweater: Depending on the season you may need to bring you
dog's coat or sweater especially if you own a small dog.
Remember at night it could get cold.
Box: Remember to bring along you cat's litter box and
extra bags to clean up after your dog.
Always have your dog on a leash while traveling. Put the
leash on the dog before you even open the car door. You do
not want the dog to get excited or spooked and run out, this
could result in injury, death or a lost dog. Make sure you
have you normal leash for walks and a extra long one as well so
that the dog can be secure outdoors but still have room to
investigate surroundings. Never leave you dog unsupervised
outdoors, you never know what kind of wild animals could be
lurking in the bushes.
- Name Tags:
Be sure that your animal has an identification tag with contact
information. You should have one made special for the trip
that has your CELL phone number or trip contact number.
Remember if you animal gets lost you do not want them calling
your house when you are on the road. These can be
purchased at Petco or Pet Smart.
- Photo of
Animal: Remember that failing to plan is planning to fail.
Have a recent color photo with you so that if you animal gets
lost you can quickly go to a photo copy center and make flyers
Numbers: Be sure to carry the phone number of your
Vetenarian so that you can quickly reach them if necessary.
Getting to the Campsite
While traveling in the car
with your pet it is a good idea to use a seat belt. It simply
attaches to the harness or the kennel. If your dog gets car
sick talk to your veterinarian there are drugs available that will
help. Remember never leave you animal in the car
in the warm weather even if you open the windows. Always have
water available in the car. Remember bags to pick up after you
Be sure to check that once you arrive at you destination your furry
friend will be able to enjoy the visit. Beaches and parks are
a top spot for excursions with dogs however most do not allow free
reign. In fact, many resort towns have ordinances against dogs
on the beach. You can find some in North Carolina that allow
animals on the beach. Many national parks have designated
areas for pets in the parking lot or at campgrounds. So be
sure to do your homework before going on your adventure. You
can purchase a directory called Traveling with your Pet, created by AAA, that will
give a detailed list of pet friendly hotels and campgrounds.
In addition, it will include the policies for each.