Pack these Essentials for your Next Camping Trip
Fall is a fun time to take outdoor adventures with your four-legged friends. From colorful leaves to cooler temperatures, there is something special about this time of year. If you are planning a camping trip and would like to take your pet along, there are some essentials you need to add to your packing list.
Collar, Leash, and/or Harness
Each time you leave home, it is important for your dog to wear a collar and be on a leash or use a harness. For a camping trip the same rules apply, but there are more options depending on what you plan to do during your trip. Keep in mind that it is beneficial to pack multiples of each item in case something gets lost or worn out.
Trail hikes: If being active and walking the trails is on your itinerary, K9 Explorer® has collar, leash, and harness options that will keep your dog comfortable and safe. This line features reflective stitching that helps increase visibility during early morning or evening walks, and there is a variety of colors to choose from to show your dog’s style.
Water adventures: Whether you are going for a swim or paddling along in a kayak, there is an option for gear that is waterproof and easy to clean. Pro Waterproof collars, leashes, and harnesses feature a durable coated webbing that makes them completely waterproof. The material is also odor-proof, meaning your dog will be fresh even after the messiest adventures.
Proper identification is crucial when traveling with your pet. ID tags are an easy and convenient way to ensure your pet can be identified upon separation, but it is also a good idea to have a backup option like a microchip.
If you’ll be using multiple collars during your trip, the EZ Change® ID Clip makes it easy to transfer ID tags from one collar to another, or switch out tags with updated information. The sturdy design keeps tags secure, and the nickel material will not rust.
Night Safety Items
The glow of campfire light may provide some illumination at night, but it is best to have extra visibility to remain as safe as possible.
Lazer Brite® reflective collars and leashes use the same 3M reflective material that is used by safety professionals, making them visible up to 600 feet away. Not only are these collars and leashes reflective, but they also come in a variety of bright colors and eye-catching patterns.
For maximum visibility and a waterproof design, Light-Up Neck Rings are a great option. The neck ring provides 360-degree illumination with three different light settings. The ring can be customized to fit your dog’s neck and USB charging is simple and quick.
Food and Water Bowls
Food and water are essential no matter if you are home or on the go. The Bergan® Collapsible Travel Bowl is a great item to take camping to help keep pets fed and hydrated. The flexible, collapsible silicone design makes it easy to carry, store, and clean. The bowl holds up to three cups of food or water, and the attached carabiner clip makes it easy to attach to gear for easy travel.
Being safe during your camping trip is important, but safety truly begins on the ride there. For protection during vehicle travel, consider an auto harness like the Bergan® Auto Harness. This harness has proven durability and safety with a crash-tested design. Securing your dog in the car is as easy as putting the seat belt through the two loops on the back of the harness.
Whether your campground requires pets be tied out, or you prefer a hands-free tether system for your dog, packing a tie out cable and a stake can be a solution. When it comes to cables and stakes, make sure you choose the type that can manage the strength of your dog. Titan® offers a variety of stakes and cable tie outs to choose from to take along on your next camping trip.
Pest Prevention and Medications
Maintain your pet’s health by bringing any necessary medications they require for the duration of your trip. Add any pet-specific medical supplies to your first aid kit.
Even in the cooler months, mosquitos and other pests are still a threat. A SecureAway™ collar can hold your pet’s flea and tick collar in place to make it easier to protect against any nearby pests.
Lastly, think of what other supplies you or your pet use daily at home. Bring along a bed, blanket, or crate if it is needed for sleeping arrangements.
Toys are also a wonderful way to keep your pet engaged and active in the car or out at the campsite.
You may have already thought to pack cleaning supplies with your items, but don’t forget clean-up items for your pup like Bergan® poo bags.
Is the packing list for your pup as long as yours? While it seems like a lengthy list, it is important to make sure your dog is safe, comfortable, and cared for while out camping with you.