You’ve caught the traveling bug and the world is now your oyster. The new and exciting opportunities around every corner leave you craving more, and you sure would like to share this experience with your trusty four-legged companion. The Lake and Stars remind you that camping offers the perfect opportunity for the two of you to discover new sights (and smells), but it’s important to take a few steps to ensure that you and your pup have a barking good time.

Campsites and Packing and Gear, Oh My!

Preparing to camp with your canine bestie requires a little more effort than hitting the road on your own, but it will be worth it. Here are some things to look into before you em-bark on your journey.

  • Just because it’s the wilderness doesn’t mean that all campsites are dog friendly. Do your research before you get your heart set on a specific location.
  • Even well-reviewed campsites can attract criminals. Learn how to prevent a car break-in so that your amazing adventure doesn’t end with a police report.
  • It is also helpful to know what kind of wildlife is common around your prospective campsite. Many creatures get curious, especially when human and dog food is involved. Store your – and Spot’s – dinner safely to avoid conflicts with bears and other curious critters.
  • Not sure how to pack for your pet? Let this guide help you! They need certain gear just like you do.
  • If your – or Fido’s – stuff gets stolen while you’re out camping, your homeowner’s policy might cover it! If they’re items that are usually stored in your home, call your agent to find out the details.
  • Your dog also needs their own first aid kit. Although your pet can get injured just like you, they often need different supplies to treat those wounds.
  • If your pet isn’t microchipped, consider changing that before your trip. Collars can get caught on branches and tags can fall off. Give yourself peace of mind knowing that, if your pup wanders off, they cannot lose your contact information.

Safety and Healthcare for the Win!

You can’t predict everything, but it’s best to be prepared with some helpful and healthful solutions for both you and Fido.

  • Start with the basics, like a vet check-up and a well-stocked first aid kit.
  • Then, learn how to care for your dog if they do get injured, including knowing when an injury is bad enough for a detour to the local vet.
  • Do you know how to safely remove ticks from your dog? If not, now is a great time to learn!
  • Camping during warm weather can be beautiful, but dangerous. Know the signs of heat stroke and how to treat it.
  • On the other hand, camping during the winter comes with its own risks and necessary precautions. Learn how to keep your pet warm and safe in cold-weather camping.

Now that you have all the necessary knowledge to keep your dog happy, healthy, and safe, there’s only one thing left to do. Pull out a map, pick a destination, and let the adventure begin!

The Lake and Stars encourage you – and your pup – to get out and explore nature safely. Visit our website for ideas about what to do and where.