Camping with your dog

This post will give you all important information that you should know when camping with your dogs. Hopefully, the list can help you to pack more efficiently. Enjoy reading.

Camping area

Check if the camping site that you are planning to go allows dog and what is the charge. Also, a lot of campsites don’t allow your dogs to be off lead, so make sure you keep them on a lead. It is also worth checking if you have more than one dog if the camp site allows you to bring more than one dog. Check facilities around, as for example one of my dogs is anxious around kids, so I wouldn’t want to have a camping pitch nearby playground for kids. It is worth checking if there is anything nearby where you could go and let your dogs off lead, but not going far away from the campsite.

What to pack when going camping?

I will try to list that you can use this as a tick list for when you are planning a trip with your furry babies:

For your dog:

  • Food for dogs including treats: chewy cow ears or tiny high value treats.
  • Water for dogs. You don’t want your dog to have upset belly while you away.
  • Any supplements or meds that your dog eats/needs.
  • Bed and blankets or even a crate if your dog likes to sleep there at home.
  • Toys, I always take few toys, as you can still play with your dogs while they are on a lead (tug game).
  • Towels to dry after a muddy or wet walk.
  • Coat in case it is cold during the night.
  • Extra collars and lead.
  • Poop bags.
  • Stake out or rope.
  • Baby wipes.

For yourself:

  • Tent.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Mattress.
  • Food: breakfast: cereals and milk, or yogurt, lunch: pasta, dinner: BBQ.
  • Stove and gas for it.
  • Pans and wooden spoons for cooking. Dishes such as plate and forks/knife/spoon.
  • Camping chair.
  • Table.
  • Torch with fully charged batteries.
  • Bank battery for your phone.
  • Whistle.
  • Map.
  • Hiking boots.
  • Thermals.
  • In case of competing: your running gear: shoes and clothes, wheels.
  • Gloves and hat.
  • Winter jacket (I know it is only September, but I always have one in my car).
  • Waterproofs.
  • Warm clothes for night.
  • Spray for midges if you are in Scotland.
  • Water.
  • Stuff to clean your dishes.
  • Emergency Card.
  • Know the number for an emergency in the area.
  • The number for the local vet.
  • Everyday clothes.
  • Cosmetics bag 😉
  • Towel.

Road trip

Make sure your dog is well hydrated for the road and during it. You might want to check in advance where are the dog-friendly services that you can stop. Your dog needs to stretch legs just like you. I wouldn’t feed my dogs for a road just in case it would upset their bellies. However a lot of water all the way to the destination. Even if that means I need to stop more often. It is very important.
Have a good music and nice snacks for yourself and enjoy the road trip.

Rules at campsites

  • Exercise your dogs- tired dogs = quiet dogs (no one wants to hear yapping dogs at campsite).
  • Always clean after yourself and your dog.
  • Dogs must be kept on leads.
  • Keep dogs under control.
  • Enjoy.


Happy Camping. Watch this space for our post about our camping in Aviemore. Wishing the runners and bikers clean runs and have fun!