Best camping equipment for your dog - Saluki Dog

Best camping equipment for your dog

Are you going camping with your dog? Whether you are an experienced outdoorsman or a beginner trying out this fun seasonal hobby for the first time, there are many items you should plan for your dog.

From safety essentials like a first aid kit and all-weather tarp to wearables like socks and backpacks, check out our gallery for suggestions to add to your camping packing list.

Identity and Temporary Marks

Correct identification is important when your dog is at home and perhaps even more important when camping. Make sure your dog tags list your current cell phone number and consider getting a chip for an extra layer of protection. Get a temporary tag to add to your dog’s collar that displays the name of the park where you will be camping, the number of your assigned camp site, and, if you’re out in the wild, the phone numbers of the nearest ranger station.

Short and long handlebars

Packing the correct types of leashes will help keep your dog safe on your journey. Bring a short, non-retractable leash to keep your dog close to you on walks, especially if the place you’re camping is heavily wooded — you don’t want the leash wrapped around trees, points out Dr. Sarah Wootten. If you are going to be camping on a more open sweep, trainer Mikkel Becker recommends setting a long line to allow dogs more freedom in a controlled manner.

tarp

Dr. Wootten also says he brings an all-weather tarp (like this inexpensive option from REI) to put under your dog’s bed in the tent. Lying on the floor is a recipe for your dog to quickly lose body heat on the floor, threatening hypothermia. If your dogs are used to sleeping in their crate, consider bringing them into the tent to keep them in the tent.

Collapsible water bowl

A collapsible water bowl (like this one from Kurgo) can come in handy if you have limited packing space or if you’re just carrying a small bag on a trip. Along with a bowl, bring fresh water, foods and nutritional dishes. Pro tip: We always pack the Frisbee, which doubles as fun toys and a shallow makeshift water bowl!

first aid bag

We bet you’ve already put together a first aid kit for yourself, so go the extra mile and pack some essentials for your dog, too. Among the items that you should always have on hand are bandages, butterfly closures, waterproof surgical tape, gauze yards, forceps, and hydrogen peroxide. Check out Dr. Woten’s advice on what to pack in a dog’s first aid kit.

Socks

Dog socks, like this collection from Ruffwear, check out the Fashion and Function crates. They are designed for instagram loving campers, but more importantly they protect dogs feet from burrs, rocks and any other sharp edges that could cut their paw pads. They are great for camping and hiking in the warmer months and to protect your pup’s feet from snow and winter defrosting chemicals.

comb

A comb is something you might not think of packing until you’re on a camping trip and desperately need it. Slide them into your bag, so you can easily remove the burrs, leaves, and other types of camp site “décor” that will inevitably get stuck in your dog’s fur.

And while we’re on the topic of things your dog can get while camping, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention fleas and ticks. Always apply or use your favorite flea and tick before leaving. It’s also a smart idea to pack a flea comb, so you can easily look for fleas when camping. And while you’re at it, look out for your dog as well, being sure to look at warm areas such as the skin folds, under the arms and ears, and between the toes. Pack a tick remover as well so that you can remove any tags you might find.

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