The holiday season is in full swing. Are you the type for a luxurious all-inclusive resort, do you like to explore all the idyllic streets abroad or are you a real adventurer and do you like to go out in nature? If you’re like most dog lovers, you like to take your four-legged friend with you wherever you go. This is not ideal for a city trip or all-inclusive resort. However, there is a super fun and increasingly popular alternative: camping! Nothing beats camping with your dog. After all, they are the ideal travel companions. But is this allowed? What should I think about? Do I need to take special measures? We tell you how you can best prepare for this fun camping trip with your buddy. Because: good preparation is half the work.
* A course
Perhaps your four-legged friend has already followed a puppy course. It is advisable to check whether your dog can behave well on a campsite. For example, does your dog listen to commands? Excessive barking is not often appreciated by fellow campers.
* The perfect destination for camping with your dog
Eeny-meeny-miney-mo… where shall we go this year? Just as you take children into account at your ideal holiday destination, you should also do the same with your pet. Please note the following things:
– is the destination pet-friendly? Are dogs allowed? (Imagine traveling a long way, only to see the ‘no dogs allowed’ sign). Are there any special rules for dogs? Most campsites have a requirement that dogs must be kept on a leash at the campsite. The rules in high season are also often more strict than in low season. We recommend that you also read the reviews of previous dog owners 😉. Are dogs allowed? Then keep in mind that a surcharge is often charged for your four-legged friend.
– the weather conditions of the destination. Small dogs are often less able to withstand the cold, while larger dogs with a thick coat are less able to withstand the heat. Of course you want to do your four legged friend a favor, by taking him or her with you 😊.
– the location of the destination. Does your dog have no trouble with long car rides or does he or she shiver the entire ride? You can take this into account by possibly choosing a destination that is not very far away.
* The paperwork
Unfortunately, we cannot ignore the paperwork. What should you think about? If you go abroad, you must have a pet passport. Also check whether any vaccinations are required and where/how you place your four-legged friend in the car. Some countries have special rules regarding the transport of dogs.
Now that you know how to optimally prepare for a fun camping trip with your furry friend, it’s time for step 2: what do you take with you for camping and what should you pay attention to while camping? You will find the answer to these questions in the next blog post!