A Checklist for Camping With Your Dog

Stake for the Tie Out

To secure your dog around the campsite, use a stake with a triangle on the top and a clip. You can keep your dog right in the action, yet out of unattended danger.


Bring Fido's food and water bowls. If you plan on going for a hike, bring a collapsible bowl for water.


It's not a good idea to change your dogs diet while on a camping trip. Change in his eating may bother his stomach. So bring your pup's normal food. But a special treat or nibble of something different is OK.

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For humans, stream water could be disastrous to the intestinal system, so bring your own water. Your dog could also pick up some sort of bacteria or parasite if you rely on the local water supply to hydrate him. Always bring good clean water and enough of it for you and Fido, especially when the weather is warmer.

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Poop Bags

Bring poop bags! Enough for your dog and for anyone else's forgotten pile. It's unfortunate that some people don't pick up after their dogs, but let's give them the benefit of the doubt...maybe they missed the pile. On any account, pick up dog poop wherever you see it and dispose of it properly. This will help keep dog-friendly campsites pet-friendly.


A tarp can come in handy if it happens to rain or if you need some extra shelter for your dog.


There are a million uses for a good towel on a camping trip, wet and muddy dogs included.

Nightlight or Glow Stick

Use either a reflective collar or put a flashing light on your dog's collar. It's easier to spot your Fido if he wears these items when it's dark outside.

First-Aid Kit

Mishaps happen, so be prepared for anything. Add hydrogen peroxide to your dog's first aid kit. Not only is it good to clean cuts, but it's also a lifesaver should your dog eat something it really shouldn't have. A couple teaspoons can induce your dog to throw up immediately.

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