Tips for a Safe and Enjoyable Camping Trip with Pets

At Lerch RV, we know that pets are family, and we love seeing our customers bring their four-legged friends along when they visit our dealership. As Central PA’s largest towable RV dealership, we are proud to be a pet-friendly destination. Whether picking up RV parts, getting your RV serviced, or shopping for a new RV, your furry companions are always welcome. As summer approaches, many of you are planning camping trips, and we’re here to help ensure that your adventures with your pets are as enjoyable and safe as possible. Here are some essential tips and product recommendations for camping with your dog and other pets like cats or camps with ferrets, as my sister does.

Nova Grace camping dog from Lerch RV.

Pet Safety Tips for Camping

  1. Stay Hydrated and Cool: Summer heat can be harsh on pets, so as we all know, always ensure they have access to plenty of fresh water. Consider bringing along a portable water dish and a pet water bottle for easy hydration on the go. Look for shady spots to set up camp and avoid the hottest parts of the day when taking your dog for a walk. Cooling vests and mats can also help keep your pet comfortable in the heat.
  2. Keep Them Secure: While camping, it’s important to keep your pets secure to prevent them from wandering off. Use a sturdy leash, harness, or a portable playpen to give them some freedom while ensuring their safety. For nighttime, reflective collars and leashes can help you keep track of your pets in the dark.
  3. First Aid Kit: Pack a pet-specific first-aid kit that includes bandages, antiseptic wipes, tweezers (for removing ticks), and any necessary medications your pet might need. Knowing basic first aid for pets can make a significant difference in case of an emergency.
  4. Vaccinations and Identification: Ensure your pets are up to date on their vaccinations and carry their vaccination records with you. In the event that your pet wanders off or gets lost, proper identification is crucial. Ensure your pet has a collar with a legible ID tag, and consider microchipping them for added security.
  5. Watch Out for Wildlife: Camping areas can be home to various wildlife that might pose a threat to your pets. Always supervise your pets and be aware of potential dangers like snakes, raccoons, and other wild animals. Please keep your pets on a leash to prevent them from chasing or being chased by wildlife. Which could cause harm to them or the wildlife in the area.
  6. Pet-Friendly Campgrounds: Not all campgrounds are pet-friendly, so do your due diligence and research before heading out to a specific campground or park. Choose campgrounds that welcome pets and adhere to their rules and guidelines. Respecting campground policies helps ensure that these spaces remain accessible to pet owners in the future without added pet fees or stricter rules governing pets.

Proper Pet Etiquette at Campgrounds

  1. Clean Up After Your Pet: Always pick up after your pet and dispose of waste properly. Carry waste bags with you always, and be considerate of other campers and the environment.
  2. Respect Quiet Hours: Excessive barking or noise can disturb other campers. Try to keep your pet quiet, especially during designated quiet hours. If your pet tends to be noisy, consider finding a more secluded spot or working on proper bark training before your trip. If you travel from your camper during the daylight hours to run errands or sightseeing, ensure that your pet does not suffer from separation anxiety or excessively bark while you are gone.
  3. Leash Rules: Even if your pet is well-behaved off-leash, always adhere to the campground’s leash rules. Campground rules are essential for the safety of your pet, other campers, and wildlife.
  4. Socializing: Not all people or pets are comfortable around dogs. Always ask before allowing your pet to approach other campers or their pets. Keeping a respectful distance ensures a pleasant experience for everyone. Be a responsible pet owner at all times.

Sweet Products for Camping with Pets

  1. Portable Pet Playpen or Fencing: A portable playpen can provide a safe space for your pet to relax and play while you’re busy setting up camp or cooking. A lightweight, portable pet or child fence-style enclosure offers leash-free space while providing a barrier from people and other pets.
  2. Collapsible Bowls: Lightweight and easy to pack, collapsible bowls are perfect for feeding and hydrating your pet on the go.
  3. Pet Carrier Backpack: A pet carrier backpack allows smaller pets or those who tire easily to join in on hikes and other activities without overexertion.
  4. Pet Tent: Give your pet their own little camping haven with a pet tent. These small, portable tents provide shelter and comfort and can be found online at various retailers.

Camping with Other Pets

While dogs are the most common camping companions, pets like cats and ferrets can also enjoy the great outdoors with the right preparation. Cats can benefit from a harness and leash for supervised exploration while camping with an animal like a ferret, which requires a secure playpen or carrier and ferret-proofing your camper. Provide familiar bedding and toys to help them feel comfortable in new surroundings.

At Lerch RV, we’re passionate about helping you make the most of your camping adventures with your pets. Our pet-friendly dealership welcomes you and your furry friends to stop by anytime, whether you need RV parts or service or are looking for your next RV. Let’s make this summer camping season memorable for you, your pets, and everyone else in the campground!

Safe travels, and Happy RVing!

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