Every time I take the dogs on an amazing adventure, I think of the saying about hoping to be the person my dog thinks I am. All three dogs believe perfect road trips and glamorous camping weekends just magically occur. While I enjoy the idea that Wilhelm, Brychwyn and Huxley imagine me waving an enchanted wand to make it all happen, in reality it takes hours to gather up and pack everything necessary for a pleasant time away from home with three dogs. Here's the secrets to the magic it takes to create the ideal camping trip with dogs:
I am the first to admit that I over pack but I would rather have two extra leashes for each dog than no leash at all. I never go anywhere without my complete pet first aid kit, PoopPac, hydration for the dogs and Umbilical Belt hands free leash. I prefer a set up of x-pens for the dogs when we are camping for more than one night but such configuration doesn't work everywhere so I pack multiple tie out options.
Three of the most important items I always travel with are paper towels, as many rags as I can fit and Pooch Pads. I use Pooch Pads to absorb a different kind of moisture than what they're intended, though. I place Pooch Pads under water dishes wherever we go; in the car, tent or a motel room. The dogs would likely say that making sure I always pack a few toys is the most important part of the magical camping trips I take us on. And this is all about the dogs!
Everyone sleeps better when the dogs have their travel crates along. And by everyone, I mean neighboring campers too. Nocturnal critters are way less likely to arouse Wilhelm, Brychwyn and Huxley when the dogs are comfortable in their own safe spaces. To save floor space in the tent and to keep Wilhelm warmer, all I need to bring to make his stacked crate accessible is a small folding stool. The interior of the tent is just as glamorous as the natural scenery outside.
What do you bring to create canine camping magic?