Summertime Camping With Your Pup

Camping is an exciting and rugged adventure for you and your four-legged best friend to embark on, but preparation is key when taking a pet out of his or her normal routine and into the wilderness. So, grab a pen and paper and jot down these useful tips and buys before you hit the great outdoors with your furry friend this summer.

Do Your Research

Above all else, it is imperative to call ahead and make sure that the campsite that you intend to visit allows dogs. Many enthusiastic campers have experienced being hours from home and exhausted, only to find a “No Pets Allowed” sign upon arrival at their desired site. Once you’ve gotten clearance, make sure to ask about dog-specific rules and any extra precautions to be aware of in the area (i.e., snakes, bugs, bears, dangerous terrain, etc.).

The Essentials

Being outdoors in the summertime is going to make your dog extra thirsty. Make sure to bring plenty of water and don’t forget to pack a bowl for it. There are some great collapsible and easily portable bowls on the market, specifically for traveling with pets. Also on the list, of course, is plenty of food, but consider packing it in an airtight container, so that potential predators in the wild don’t get a whiff of Fido’s food.

Most campsites require dogs on leash in the common areas, and a good option for those late night adventures is an LED-leash and/or collar to limit confusion and allow you to easily keep your eyes on your pet in the dark. Other things to remember include a pet bed, a towel for cleaning off muddy paws and some toys to play with. If you plan to camp a lot with your pet, check out this one-stop camping bag, equipped with many of the items suggested above.

Be Prepared

Writing your campsite on your dog's collar can be a lifesaver while camping. Cell phone service is spotty at best in many camp destinations, so this will allow people to find you even if they can’t reach you by phone. Also consider bringing along your pet’s important documents, like their vaccine records, proof of ownership, and any licenses required by your state. Lastly, make sure to protect your dog from fleas and ticks with medication prior to leaving on your adventure.

If camping isn’t on your radar this summer, Habitat Apartments has a multitude of alternatives for you and your pal with our wonderful pet-focused amenities. Located in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, animal lovers and pets alike will feel at home in our spacious floor plans. Residents will always have a place to enjoy and explore with our close proximity to Boulder’s best parks and reservoirs. Contact us to schedule a tour today!

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