Wildebeest Guide to Camping with Dogs

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Wildebeest Guide to Camping with Dogs

May | 06 | 2024
Wildebeest Guide to Camping with Dogs

It’s Camping season! And there's nothing quite magical like exploring the great outdoors with our dogs by our side. Whether you’re new to camping with pups or a seasoned veteran, being prepared and equipped will help you and your canine companion enjoy the camping experience to the fullest. From choosing the right campsite to packing essential supplies, this guide will provide you with valuable information for creating a safe and successful camping trip with Beest.

Choosing the Right Campsite

When choosing the right campsite for your trip, there are a few key factors to consider. First start with looking for pet-friendly campgrounds that welcome dogs and even provide amenities for them, such as designated pet areas and waste disposal stations. If your pet is sensitive to road travels, perhaps you want to consider a campsite that is closer in distance requiring minimal travel. Additionally, consider the proximity of the campsite to hiking trails and other outdoor activities nearby, as this will allow you and your dog to explore and exercise together. Check for the availability of water sources at the campsite and pack accordingly, as staying hydrated throughout your adventure is crucial for both you and your pet.

Once you have a list of potential sites, it’s a good idea to call individual locations to double-check breed and behavior guidelines as well as seasonal and other site-specific directions. Also remember that each hiking trail, beach or state park also has its own policies regarding pets that may be different than your campsite location. So it’s important to do your research before your trip.

Packing Beestie’s Camping Essentials

No matter how primitive or glamorous you want your camping experience to be, camping involves packing and packing efficiently can make all the difference. And having the right gear with you is important in keeping pup safe and comfortable throughout your adventure. Portable bowls are a must-have item for water and food on the go, a quality leash and properly fitted harness will help you keep your pup secure in unfamiliar surroundings. Pack a pet first aid kit in case of any accidents or injuries occur while out on an adventure. Don't forget to bring along treats and chews to reward your dog for good behavior and keep their energy and engagement levels up. Perhaps you want to try a dog backpack that allows your pup to carry their own essentials and lighten your load during hikes. Here’s a list of essential items we suggest packing for your pup:

  • Food + portable Bowls / slow feeder
  • Treats, chews + any meds as needed
  • Pet first aid kit
  • Leash, harness, collar + ID tag with updated contact info
  • 20-50 ft tie-out rope
  • Outdoor pet mat, towels, blankets
  • Toys
  • Activity-specific accessories like dog backpack, life jacket, booties, etc.
  • Poop bags + trash bags

Preparing Pup Ahead of Your Camping Trip

Before heading on your camping trip with Beest, it's important to make sure they are ready for the great outdoors, such as being up-to-date on vaccinations and having flea and tick prevention. Additionally, have an emergency contact written down and tell them your trip details and where you will be in case of any unexpected situations. It’s also good to plan the activities for you and your dog to do on your trip so you can prepare accordingly. For example, if there’s an activity that you or your pup wish to try for the first time, we suggest simulating the experience ahead of time and/or make arrangements to have others on your trip to guide and help you.

If it’s your first time camping with pup, do a test run by setting up a tent with your dog in your backyard, living room, or nearby campsite. This will get them used to the sounds and feel of being in and around a tent, and the familiar environment will help get them comfortable more quickly. You can start with just the tent, then gradually introduce other camping gear like sleeping bags, lanterns, and even camping food to make the experience feel more authentic, while gauging your dog’s comfort level and making necessary adjustments. By practicing camping at home and taking the steps to prepare your dog for the adventure ahead, you can ensure keeping your pup safe and happy on a real camping trip.

Establishing Ground Rules

Once you arrive at your campsite, all the new smells, sounds and spots will be exciting for your pup to explore, but can be overstimulating at the same time. Having some ground rules and boundaries around your temporary outdoor abode will help establish consistency and make your overall camping experience safe and more enjoyable.

  • Have a designated potty area for your dog (if your campsite doesn’t have one) and determine what the site's proper waste disposal is to maintain cleanliness for you and other campers and to respect the environment.
  • Provide your pup with a designated sleeping, eating/drinking and play area, just like they have at home.
  • Consider using a longer tie-out rope to keep your dog safely tethered within your campsite with some room to roam. Having a hands-free leash can also come in handy for keeping pup on your side while setting up, cooking or going for potty breaks.
  • Keep their food and water bowls where they can easily access them. If you have a busy pup, keeping them occupied and entertained with their slow feeder or food puzzle will help curb any unwanted behavior such as excessive barking or destroying of gear.

Exploring The Great Outdoors with Beest

From sleeping in a tent in nature and cooking and eating food outside, to hanging out around a campfire and stargazing at night… camping offers such a unique and authentically enriching experience that we simply can’t get from our daily routine. And a great way to magnify this wonderful camping experience is to build some fun activities into your trip. Here are some activity ideas while camping with pups:

  • Hiking
  • Walking / running
  • Beach picnic
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing / kayaking
  • Playing fetch
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Training / agility exercise
  • Photo / Video-graphing

Whether it’s making quick stops to explore different spots along the way to and from your campsite, or planning for a long hike or beach day while you’re camping, visiting new places, sniffing new smells and creating new experiences all help nurture growth in us humans and our furry companions alike. And doing it together is one of the most magical and natural ways to build our special bond with our Beests. Again, planning for dog-friendly trips and activities can take time and research but you won’t regret it once you’re having the best time of your lives together!

Camping with your Beest is an enriching and memorable experience. By choosing the right campsite, preparing your dog adequately, and planning fun activities throughout your trip, you can have a wonderful bonding experience. Remember to come prepared and plan ahead so you can ensure your dog’s safety. Happy Camping! 🏕️


Wildebeest creates everyday essentials that help you build that special bond, share adventures big & small and make amazing memories with your Beest. We'll be right there every step of the way, with our gear & Wild4Life Warranty in tow, supporting you & Beest all throughout the lifetime of your companionship!

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