Everything You Need to Know When Camping With Your Dog

If you follow our blog, you’re familiar with our camping with your dog posts. Each post included a checklist to make before going camping with your dog. For your convenience, we will condense those blog posts into one article. We’ll go over all items on each checklist. This will be your MASTER list. Gather these items, grab your camping gear, your dog, and hit the road!

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Food and Water Checklist

The first checklist covered food and water. The following items were necessities in our food and water checklist:

  • Dog Food
  • A Supply of Fresh Water
  • Treats
  • Travel Bowls
  • Water Dispenser
  • An Animal Proof Container for Dog Food and Treats

First Aid & Safety Checklist

The second checklist covered first aid and safety. This list was designed to be 1 and done! Collect the checklist items, and you’re prepared for future camping trips. Depending on how often you camp, you’ll want to check the first aid safety kit to ensure nothing has expired.

  • Flea and Tick Protection
  • Insect Repellent
  • Anti-Itch Medication or Spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Paw Protectors
  • Any Medication that your Dog May Take Daily
  • Antiseptic Solution
  • Antibiotic Spray/Cream
  • Pet Safe Wipes
  • Muzzle/Cone
  • Scissors
  • Clean Gauze
  • Bandage/Wrap
  • Medical Tape
  • Ear Cleaner
  • Vet Records

Hiking Checklist

The third checklist covered hiking. If you are the adventurous type and leave the camp site often, follow this list. You may need to include items specific to your activity. If you are going boating, you’ll need to bring a life jacket.

  • A collar
  • A harness
  • A leash
  • Poop bags
  • ID Tag
  • A safety light
  • Doggy First Aid Kit (from our list above)
  • Clean Water
  • Dog Snacks
  • A cooling bed or bandanna
  • A sound maker to deter unwanted animal encounters

Camping Checklist

The last checklist covered the camp site.

  • Bed
  • Crate
  • Food
  • Towel
  • First Aid Kit (from above)
  • Toys
  • Poop Bags
  • Leash
  • A runner cable or leash stake
  • Something that helps soothe your dog from barking

The list is lengthy but once you have organized your “camping necessities” it will make future camping trips easy. Some items show up on more than one checklist. Poop bags are mentioned multiple times, it is important that you have poop bags. You love your dog but other people don’t love dog poo on their shoes! A leash is another example. Your dog may be well trained, but many places require your dog to be on a leash. Dogs have to be leashed near water that isn’t zoned “dog friendly”. It’s best to leash your dog at the campsite if there are many dogs around who aren’t trained or friendly. Print out this list, check each item off as you pack, and be on your way!




Do you camp with your dog? We love to hear from customers and their personal experiences. Is there something important or helpful missing from our list? Let us know! We’d love to hear your input.

Kimberly Mattar
July 10th, 2017
Updated on June 7th, 2019