Top Gear to Bring for Your Dog When You Go Camping

There was never going to be a time when I was going to leave my fur baby, no matter how big or small, at home while I head off to spend time in nature!  As a dog lover, I understand the importance of bringing our furry friends along on outdoor adventures. Camping is a wonderful opportunity for our dogs to explore nature, enjoy new scents, and spend quality time with their human companions. However, just like us, our canine companions need to feel comfortable and safe during the camping trip. In this article, I will share some essential dog camping gear that you should consider bringing for your pooch when you go camping.

The Importance of Comfort and Safety for Our Furry Friends

Before we delve into the gear recommendations, it’s crucial to understand why comfort and safety are vital for our dogs during camping trips. Our four-legged friends rely on us to provide them with a safe and secure environment, especially when they are in unfamiliar surroundings. Camping can present various challenges for dogs, such as extreme weather conditions, pests, and potential hazards around the campsite. By investing in the right dog camping gear, we can ensure our dogs have a positive camping experience.

Essential Dog Camping Gear

1. Dog Tent or Crate: Providing a designated space for your dog to rest and sleep is essential. A dog tent or crate offers a cozy and secure spot for your furry friend to relax and unwind.

2. Comfortable Dog Bed: Just like humans, dogs need a comfortable sleeping surface. Choose a dog bed that offers adequate support and insulation from the ground, ensuring your pooch can enjoy a good night’s sleep.

3. Collapsible Food and Water Bowls: Compact and portable food and water bowls are convenient for camping. Look for collapsible options that are easy to clean and won’t take up much space in your backpack.

4. Leash and Harness: Even if your dog has excellent recall, a leash and harness are must-have items for camping. They provide control and prevent your pooch from wandering off into potentially dangerous areas.

5. Doggie First Aid Kit: Accidents can happen, even during a camping trip. Prepare a first aid kit specifically for your dog, including essentials like bandages, antiseptic wipes, and any necessary medications.

6. Dog-Friendly Insect Repellent: Bugs and insects are common in outdoor environments. Use a dog-friendly insect repellent to protect your furry friend from irritating bites and potential diseases.

Doggie Hygiene

  1. Poop Bags: Be sure to pack plenty of poop bags so you can clean up after your dog and dispose of your dog’s waste properly.
  2. Doggie Wipes: Iron’s (Retired Police Belgian Malinois) adventures always come with a dash of dirt and a splash of fun! That’s why dog wipes are a must-have in our arsenal of cleanliness. Whether he’s rolling around in the dirt or taking a dip in the lake, a swift wipe-down works wonders in keeping our entire campsite spick and span. And hey, let’s make sure we’re being kind to Mother Nature too. Choose a plant-based, eco-friendly dog wipe for a green and squeaky-clean experience. Iron approves, and so does the environment!

Weather-Specific Gear

1. Cooling Vest or Bandana: If you’re camping in hot weather, a cooling vest or bandana can help regulate your dog’s body temperature and keep them comfortable under the sun.

2. Dog Booties: In areas with rough or hot terrain, dog booties provide protection for your dog’s paws. They can prevent burns from hot surfaces and protect against sharp objects.

3. Raincoat or Waterproof Jacket: Don’t let rainy weather dampen your dog’s spirits. A waterproof jacket or raincoat will keep them dry and prevent them from getting chilled in wet conditions.  And you thought they were just for cuteness!  

4. Bedding: Don’t let your furry friend turn into a heat-stealing bandit! Create a pup-only zone inside your tent by giving him his own stylish sleeping bag or bring their fav blankets to keep them cozy.

5. Sunscreen: Even if it’s not a hot day, your dog can still get sunburned. Apply sunscreen to their exposed skin before you go outside.

Entertainment and Exercise Gear

1. Interactive Toys: Keep your dog entertained with interactive toys that engage their minds and provide mental stimulation during downtime at the campsite.

2. Fetch Toys: Playing fetch is a great way to exercise your dog and burn off energy. Pack a few favorite fetch toys to keep them active and entertained.

3. Long Dog Leash for Exploration: Dogs love to explore their surroundings. A long leash allows them to wander and sniff to their heart’s content while still being under your control.

4. Portable Dog Playpen: If you want to give your dog some off-leash time without worrying about them wandering off, a portable dog playpen is an excellent solution. It provides a secure space for your pooch to roam freely.

5. Activities: My bestie loves to come with me on hikes, bikes, and canoeing adventures, I make sure I have my trusty portable dog water bottle and he has his very own backpack to carry necessities including paw wax and a first-aid kit.

Safety Measures for the Campsite

1. Reflective Gear and LED Collar: Make your dog visible in low-light conditions by outfitting them with reflective gear and an LED collar. This ensures their safety and helps you keep an eye on them.

2. Pet ID Tags: It’s essential for your dog to wear identification tags with your contact information. In case they accidentally get lost, this will increase the chances of a safe return.

3. Tick and Flea Prevention: Camping exposes your dog to ticks and fleas. Prioritize tick and flea prevention methods, such as topical treatments or collars, to protect your pooch from these pests.


Camping with your dog can be an incredible experience, creating unforgettable memories for both of you. By bringing the right gear tailored to your dog’s comfort and safety, you can ensure a pleasant and worry-free adventure. Remember to invest in a dog tent or crate, comfortable bed, collapsible food and water bowls, leash and harness, first aid kit, insect repellent, weather-specific gear, entertainment and exercise gear, and safety measures for the campsite. Don’t forget the Poop Bags or you’ll be scrambling to figure out how to clean up your pooch’s mess.

Enjoy the great outdoors with your furry companion!


1. Should I bring my dog’s regular bed or buy a new one specifically for camping?

  • It’s best to bring a dedicated camping bed for your dog. Regular beds may get dirty or damaged in outdoor environments.

2. Are there any dog-friendly camping sites that you recommend?

  • Many campgrounds allow dogs, but it’s essential to check their pet policies and any restrictions they may have.

3. Can I use human insect repellent on my dog?

  • No, human insect repellents can be toxic to dogs. Use only dog-friendly insect repellents recommended by veterinarians.

4. How often should I check my dog for ticks during a camping trip?

  • It’s recommended to check your dog for ticks at least once a day, paying close attention to their ears, armpits, and groin area.

5. Can I let my dog swim in natural bodies of water during camping?

  • Yes, swimming can be a great activity for dogs. Ensure the water is safe and free from hazards before allowing your dog to take a dip.
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Kelley Brakstad

Kelley, the voice behind Comfort Camping Insider, hails from the stunning landscapes of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. She passionately shares her tips, tricks, and insider knowledge to enhance your camping adventures, fostering a love for the outdoors with the comforts of home. Join her in discovering the art of comfortable camping.

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