With summer fast approaching, it’s expected that most people will be planning to engage in various summer activities. One of the most popular activities during summer is camping. But for those who have pets, it’s not as easy to just go out of town. The solution? Bring your dog with you if you’re just going on a short camping trip. This is a great way to bond with your pet and it also eliminates the problem of having to look for a pet-friendly hotel or asking relatives or friends to look after your dog while you’re away. Read on for useful tips on how to do that.
If you plan to bring your dog with your camping, one of the first things you should do is to confirm first if the place where you’ll camp will actually welcome pets. Even though practically all campgrounds will allow you to bring your pets, specifically your dogs (it is the outdoors after all), it would still be a good idea to double-check to eliminate any complications to your trip in case the one campgrounds you choose has a no-pets policy.
Bringing your dog with you camping also means you’ll have to bring his own essentials. First and foremost, make sure you bring enough food and water for your dog. Consider how long you’ll be camping and make sure that the amount of dog food and water you will bring will be enough to last him the whole camping period. Make sure that your dog’s food is placed inside an airtight container and you stow it carefully. Animals out in the wild can smell food inside your camp and you wouldn’t want them raiding your dog’s food.
You also bring his food bowl. Hygiene is still important and you wouldn’t want to just dump your dog’s food on the ground or make him drink on whatever container you can find. A great investment is a collapsible bowl, which is a bowl that can collapse completely into a flat object that you can stash anywhere. A collapsible bowl is extremely useful when you go on hikes with your dog because you can make your dog drink even when you’re out and away from your camp.
It’s best to bring a dog that has been potty-trained. Bring poop bags so you can clean up after your pet after he does his business. Finally, make sure that you bring a long leash for your dog. A leash is protection for your dog so he wouldn’t wander around the area without you.
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