Tips and Tricks

Camping with dogs – top tips

Camping with your four-legged friend is the paw-fect way to bond. Whether you’re fishing on the beach or relaxing in a tent, you’ll always have the best company. For many, a vacation simply wouldn’t be the same without the family dog. So why not bring them with you? Camping with dogs is fun, and easier than ever. Today, there are copious pet friendly holiday parks and resources available to turn your puppy’s dreams into reality. So, we’ve put together a guide for you to plan the perfect camping trip with your dog.

1. First things first, book a vet visit

It’s always a good idea to visit the vet before embarking on a family holiday. If you haven’t been for a while, your vet can confirm your fur baby is up-to-date with vaccinations and tick treatments. They can also perform a general health check to ensure your dog is in good health. This is particularly important for older dogs. If you’re dog isn’t well, you run the risk of cutting your holiday short.

2. Find the right holiday park

There’s no doubt about it, Aussie adventurers love to holiday with their dogs! Fortunately, there are plenty of pet-friendly holiday parks around Australia, ready to welcome you with open arms. If you’re lucky, some caravan parks may even offer special facilities for your canine friends. On Campstay, you can filter your search results to show all pet friendly parks in the given location – how convenient!

3. Decide on sleeping arrangements

Whether you’ll be sleeping in a motorhome, caravan, camper trailer or tent, you must have a ‘bed’ for your pet. Will they wake you up by jumping on your face at 3am, or will they have a designated area to catch some z’s?! That’s up to you. If you’re hiring a vehicle for your road trip, Apollo Motorhome Holidays offers some pet friendly motorhomes for rent. If you’d rather share someone else’s motorhome or caravan, Camplify has a “pets allowed” filter you can use to find a pet-friendly option.

Whatever you do, we recommend preparing by packing a small bed or blankets for your precious pooch. You may also want to consider a carrier or crate for your dog to sleep in. If you choose this option, you’ll want your dog to be accustomed to sleeping in a crate well in advance of your road trip.  This will ensure everyone has a comfortable and uninterrupted night’s sleep.

4. Pack the essentials

There’s nothing worse than walking your dog and having no poo bags on hand to clean up after them. It’s important to pack ‘too many’ for your holiday. Leaving dog poo on the ground is not only illegal in most places, it’s also bad for the environment and can attract wildlife.

Camping with dogs is just like living with them at home. You’ll need portable water and food bowls – collapsible ones will save space. A lead or harness and something to secure your dog in your vehicle is also essential. Naturally, if your dog takes medication, you’ll need to bring that along too. Most importantly (from your dog’s perspective) make sure you bring a couple of toys to keep fido entertained!

5. Have a pet first aid kit

It’s important to be prepared for all eventualities, particularly when you’re travelling off the beaten track. Packing a pet first aid kit is essential. You can purchase these from a pet store or assemble one yourself. Your dog first aid kit should include things like bandages, tweezers, antiseptic and a thermal shock blanket. For more information on this, visit the AWL.

Do you need a little help planning your next holiday with your dog? Campstay can help you find, compare and book dog friendly holiday parks and campgrounds. Check out our website here, or download our android / itunes app. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.