The temperatures are warming up, and summer is in full swing. It’s a time for fun outdoor adventures, and for many of us that means camping, especially if we can bring our dogs along.
If you love camping, odds are that your dog will, too. After all, it’s a chance to spend time and bond with their favorite human — you! But it’s important to be prepared.
I’ve done a lot of camping with my pups, and I know that when you’re out of your home environment, being prepared makes all the difference. Forgetting basic items can make the whole trip more complicated and less fun for everyone.
So here are a few tips to get prepared and maximize the camping fun with your dog!
Research Where You’re Going
First of all, you need to make sure that the area you plan on camping in allows dogs and find out what their rules are for dogs. Most campgrounds allow dogs and require that they be on leash at all times.
Make sure to find out the answers to all the questions you should ask before you arrive.
Is there a limit on the number of dogs allowed at your campsite? Does the campground have a water supply? Are shady spots available, or do you need to bring your own shade? Will it be hot or cold? Will the ground be hard, rocky, or covered in ants? What kind of wild animals will
In a special report on camping and COVID-19, Kampgrounds of America, Inc. and the North American Camping Report found one-third of travelers are interested in taking their first camping trip. However, planning any kind of trip for the first time can be daunting.
First, I want to dispel the myth that there is only one way to camp. My first camping experience was glamping in Upstate New York in a yurt with catered meals and Wi-Fi, which people told me “wasn’t real camping.” My second camping experience was in Estes Park, Colorado, where we hiked over a mile to our campsite in Rocky Mountain National Park with no amenities, ate spaghetti and meatballs, and spent the night in a tent under the stars.
As a Black woman, I always thought camping wasn’t for people who looked like me — but my perspective changed after those trips, and I would camp again in a heartbeat. Even my limited experience shows there are many levels to camping and you can explore whichever options provide the most comfort and cultivate a positive experience for you.
Danielle Williams, the founder of DiversifyOutdoors.com and the award-winning blog Melanin Base Camp, and Caleb Hartung, the CEO of Campspot, offer up some useful tips and advice to help you avoid newbie mistakes no matter which camping option