Dog Camping Gear Checklist

Dog Camping Gear Checklist

Camping is great fun for all the family – especially our dogs! In this guide, we’ll list the essential dog camping gear, and some recommended products to help you pack!

For the best trip possible, make sure you know how to pack for camping with your dog so they have everything they need on your next adventure!

Camping With Your Dog

Taking your dog on a camping trip is a wonderful experience. It encompasses two of a dog’s favorite activities; spending time with loved ones and spending time outdoors. It’s a brilliant bonding experience for you both, and exploring the outdoors is wonderful for their health and wellbeing too.

Going on new adventures outside in nature is not just great exercise. The new sights, sounds, smells, and interactions are incredibly fun and mentally stimulating for dogs. It’s also a brilliant way to educate young puppies about the world around them and encourages the development of navigational skills and socialization.

Taking your dog along on your trip has its benefits for you, too. Not only is it a chance to create lovely memories with your beloved pet, they can also provide you with extra protection when camping throughout the night. But how can you, in turn, keep your dog safe and comfortable on your camping trip? Let’s find out.

camping dog companion
Camping is supposed to be a relaxing activity and choosing the right companion to accompany you during the trip is important.

What Will You Need

Below is a list of everything you need to pack on your next camping trip, as well as some top product suggestions. Feel free to use it as a camping checklist for your dog!

Bedding

A good dog bed is essential wherever they are sleeping! It gives dogs a space that is all their own and provides a comfortable, familiar place to sleep.

It is best if you can take your dog’s regular bed camping with you, but if you can’t, there are a number of good dog beds suitable for traveling out there. Remember to take a big enough tent to fit both you and your dog!

The Original Elevated Pet Bed by Coolaroo comes in sizes small, medium, and large. It also comes in a variety of colors including terracotta, green, brown, blue, grey, and gunmetal. The bed is easy to assemble, lightweight and portable for easy storage and transportation, and easy to keep clean.

It utilizes an off-the-ground design that promotes and increases airflow to keep your dog cool. The suspended platform provides added comfort by creating low-impact areas to pressure points and joints that is especially good for older dogs.

The steel frame is strong and extremely durable, and the fabric is made out of a breathable polythene fabric that is flea, mite, mold, and mildew resistant. It’s also made from 100% recyclable materials so you can feel extra good about your purchase!

Toy(s)

You should always bring your dog’s favorite toy whenever they stay somewhere overnight. Especially when it’s somewhere new or different, not only is it a home comfort, but it gives your dog something to play with if they get bored. If your dog likes playing fetch, you could also take a ball to play with when you’re out exploring.

This Kick Fetch Dog Ball by Chuckit! is an innovative design that is fun for all the family. The soccer size ball is perfect for kicking about, but the deconstructed design enables dogs to pick it up and join in. The foam, rubber, polyester blend also floats on water, making it ideal for playing in a lake or river.

It comes in sizes small and large, and is a little more expensive than the average tennis ball! But it is perfect for family camping trips. Many of the reviews claim that the ball is their dog’s favorite.

Doggie Backpack

If you’re camping, chances are you’ll be taking a lot of stuff. Buying a separate backpack for your dog’s stuff will make it all the easier to carry around.

Buying a doggie backpack that straps onto their body will make it even easier! They’re also designed with dog supplies in mind, which makes it all the more convenient when you need to find something.

Just be sure not to overfill the bag and make it too heavy for your dog to comfortably carry, and only fill it with their essentials! Use it to carry around your dog’s essentials when you’re out walking, such as water and doggie bags.

This Dog Camping Backpack by OneTigris has a sturdy handle and lots of storage space with easy to reach compartments for quick access. It has handy dual-way zippers, leash attachment D-rings, and adjustable comfy chest straps for your dog. The material of the bag is a high-density cotton canvas for their comfort.

The backpack is available in black, brown, and green, and comes in sizes medium and large. The medium size is suggested for dogs with a chest girth of 25-31 inches, and the large size is suggested for dogs with a chest girth of 29-36 inches.

It is a little on the expensive side but reviews cannot praise the product highly enough, with multiple buyers commenting on the high quality of the backpack.

Outerwear & Shoes

Depending on where you’re going, dog shoes may be one of the most important things you take on the trip. If you’re going hiking on rocky terrain, or somewhere where splinters or burns are possible, dog shoes are essential for protection.

Dogs can cut their feet easily on rocky terrain, and hard ground can easily burn dog’s feet in hot weather. They can also get splinters from walking in areas with lots of tree debris, or along wooden bridges.

Similarly, if you’re going somewhere cold and wet, consider whether your dog needs a coat. Their fur may be enough to protect them if they’re particularly wooly or thick/long-coated, but breeds with thinner and shorter fur may need an extra layer of protection.

camping gear for safety
Buying the correct camping gear is essential to ensure that the camping activity would be safe for your dog.

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These dog boots by CovertSafe come in red and black and are available to buy in seven different sizes. The boots are easy to put on and take off, with a secure but adjustable belt and wide split seams for your dog’s comfort.

They are made out of high-quality, waterproof, breathable material and have non-slip soles and reflective straps for safety.

They’re not too expensive and with many reviews praising the durability and quality of the product. (As well as how cute they look!)

First Aid Kit

Another essential, first aid kits are important for both human and doggie camping companions! As mentioned above, dogs can easily hurt themselves or eat something they shouldn’t when exploring the great outdoors.

Your dog’s first aid kit should be different from your own, and you can buy ready-made ones for your convenience. Also, if your dog has any existing conditions they take medication for, remember to pack that too!

This Workin’ Dog Canine First Aid Kit by Adventure Medical Kits includes a guidebook with instructions on the basics of emergency pet care. The kit itself contains several tools for cleaning and dressing wounds and treating injuries. As well as inducing vomiting and treating issues such as allergies and ticks.

It contains:

  • An LED headlamp
  • A pair of nitrile gloves
  • Multiple types of bandage, dressing, and gauze
  • An emergency blanket
  • A syringe
  • A cold pack
  • Staples
  • A skin stapler
  • A staple remover
  • A styptic pencil
  • A 5-inch nylon leash
  • A splinter/tick remover
  • EMT shears
  • Hemostat forceps
  • A safety pin
  • Saline solution
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Eyewash
  • Antihistamines
  • Hydrogen peroxide

The kit is expensive but contains everything you could possibly need to treat your dog in an emergency when you’re far away from veterinary help. Although nobody wants to have to use the kit, many buyers say they have peace of mind knowing they have it.

Hygiene Kit

Hygiene kits are important for camping trips as depending on the location, your dog will probably be getting muddy and dirty! Not only will this be smelly when you go to bed and get your tent all dirty, but it also won’t be pleasant for your dog. Most dogs like to clean themselves off after playing or exploring outdoors. It also increases the risk of infection if they do cut or injure themselves.

Hygiene kits should include baby wipes, a brush, and a towel in case it rains or your dog goes swimming.

The Dog Paw Cleaner by Paw Buddy is a small, portable, and super-efficient 2-in-1 grooming tool that is perfect for muddy camping trips! The tool has a big and small soft-bristled brush at either end, that easily removes mud and debris from your dog’s paws in minutes. Owners can fill the tool with up to 300ml of water for a deeper, more thorough clean and it also comes with a comb attachment for fur.

It’s super affordable and comes with a year-long manufacturer guarantee. Reviews praise the efficiency of the brush and the softness of the bristles.

Food, Water, & Bowls

It probably goes without saying, but be sure to bring enough food, treats, and water for your dog on your trip. They’ll probably need some extra food than usual as they’re going to be doing lots of exercise.

You’re also going to want to bring food and water bowls for them to eat and drink out of. Collapsible bowls are great for camping. They’re easy to keep clean and super convenient when you’re on the move.

This Collapsible Dog Bowl by Bonza comes in large and extra large and is a deep blue color. The collapsible feature makes it very compact and easy to carry around and store. It is super lightweight too. It holds up to 5 cups of food or 1.2 liters of water and is extremely tough, backed by a one-year warranty.

The bowl comes with a number of useful features, such as a non-slip grip bottom, a lid, an attachment clip, and a bottle holder tag. It is also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning and uses dog-safe, eco-friendly materials.

It comes highly recommended by reviews, with buyers praising the product’s quality and convenience.

An ID Tag or a GPS Tracker

By law, dogs need to be wearing a collar with an ID tag when they are out in public to avoid getting lost. A GPS tracker is optional, but you may want to consider it if you’re going somewhere very large or somewhere with wild animals, cliff edges, or water, especially if your dog is prone to running off and doing solo exploring!

That said, if that sounds like your dog, it’s best to keep them on the lead for their own safety.

This LTE GPS Dog Tracker by Tractive is moderately priced, and a worthwhile investment if you are worried about your dog running away and getting lost. It is small, lightweight, waterproof, and easily fits onto your dog’s collar. There is an accompanying app for easy tracking that spans over 150 countries. It can be used on iOS and Android devices, or any web browser. Owners must pay a small subscription fee to use it.

The app isn’t just for locating lost pets. It also helps owners to monitor their dog’s activity level in regards to their health. The brand has great tech support, too. Reviews praise the product’s accuracy and ability to give owners peace of mind.

Dog Camping: FAQ

Should my dog sleep inside my tent?

Your dog should sleep inside your tent with you when camping outdoors. If they sleep outside in an unfamiliar place, they could wander off and get lost. If you leash them while sleeping, it could put them in danger of falling prey to another animal.

Should my dog be leashed on the campsite?

Every camping ground is different. Some will have mostly leashed areas, others will be freer. You can usually find out the rules online, and there will likely be signs up around the site. Ask somebody who works there if you’re unsure. Either way, you should respect the rules of the campsite, as you may be asked to leave otherwise, and some of the rules may be in place for the safety of your dog

Should I bring my dog’s favorite toy to camping?

You should always bring one or two of your dog’s favorite toys whenever they stay somewhere overnight. Especially when it’s somewhere new or different. Not only is it a home comfort that prevents the anxiety of a new place in nervous dogs, but it gives your dog something to play with if they get bored.

Is there anything else I need to know?

Make sure your dog is up to date on their vaccinations before going on any trips, especially outdoor trips where they are exposed to the elements and may interact with other animals.


That is our checklist of essential dog camping gear. We hope you enjoy your next adventure!