Updated: Oct 25, 2020
In years past, we always were able to have Nana, Michael's mom, take care of our male cat and dog while we were away. Firstly, we rented the rv from a private fleet that didn't allow big dogs. Secondly, Nana loves to do it and she stays at our house too. Most times, our house was sparkling clean when we got home; bonus.
However, nowadays, our dog is getting older and much more chill. So, when we thought of glampin,' one of the things that made us all super excited was being able to bring our dog along for all the fun.
Side note, Nana now gets to spend one on one time with our cat, Snickers when we are away. It's quite clear he's not one for camping but he loves being doted on when we return; everybody wins!
Perhaps it is the soft whimpering he does when he starts to see the glampin' gear bags line up by the door. Or, the way he yelps and wags his tail with great gusto when he comes outside and sees the boat hooked up the truck. Regardless of the signs, it's clear he really enjoys coming with the family on these adventures whether it is is just an afternoon cruise or a full four day excursion. Although, having items for your animal's comfort is critical for them to have a positive experience too. Here's our checklist for items you should have ready in your dedicated bin.
Firstly, it worked out super well that we were in the process of getting our dog, Nemo, a new bed prior to our glamping epiphany. So, we are simply using his old bed on our camping trips. It fits perfect beside Charlie's bed and still gives Nemo the room he needs to get comfortable. However, if you are in the market, this one is great for dogs getting a bit older! I love it because it matches the brown matches our decor, but the handle aspect makes it perfect for pulling it out of your bin. There are other sizes and colors to choose from and the price is right.
It wasn't until Myakka River State Park, that I realized an outside bed for our dog was important. There, each site was concrete topped with rocks, poor Nemo didn't have much comfort on our simple outdoor mat. So, we got him this one and now he is like a king whether its rocks, dirt or grass.
Most parks have rules about dogs being on a leash at all times. Many also request while on trails that no more than 6' of length be given. Of course, it's different while at the campsite. While, the longer line will likely get wrapped around your tiki torches and tie downs from the tent, this will also prove to be a great way for your dog to learn the new layout of your short term setup.
This is a a great leash, perfect length and color plus easy to wash.
Primal Pet Gear Dog Leash 6ft Long - New Stronger Clip - Traffic Padded Two Handle - Heavy Duty - Double Handles Lead for Control Safety Training - Leashes for Large Dogs or Medium Dogs
While at the campsite, we recommend giving your pooch more length to roam. This stake can remain in the bin and it's easy to force into the ground; just space it right. Also, make sure it isn't too long. 30' is good for a big yard at home but not ideal for camping as sites are often much closer than that. 15' is what we use and its really spot on.
If you bring bikes and choose to cycle at the various campgrounds, a harness is key. This will ensure your pooch is snug yet helps to give you a good handle as they run and you cycle. Remember, each dog has their limits so be mindful of that. Also, be courteous as to the time of day you go out, the ground may be super hot and cause irritation to the pads of your dog's paws. Nemo always have a couple miles in him and with his 100 lbs of loving, this harness is perfect.
Of course, with a dog in your own neighborhood or while glamping, is to pick up their droppings. That is right, rain isn't going to fix proper pet parenting. By buying in bulk and using a clip-on bag holder, whether it's me walking Nemo or my son, we are prepared to pick up that poop. Add a couple backups to your bin and to your house staff, you can go months without reordering; you're welcome.
As always, if you can re-purpose items from within your home that is ideal when it comes to glampin' and staying on budget. For example, old food containers work great for bringing dry dog food and for serving it as well as water. Surely there's an old towel in the linen closet, add that to your dog kit too. Yet this bowl is a must because it will work in your boatin' bag all the time and it won't be stashed in the bin should you just being going for the day.
Most state parks and forests offer up some great trails. It is the tall grasses that harbor the ticks and fleas. So plan ahead, with a two collar pack you will have an extra ready to go. Plus, these last for 8 months at a time! I like to use the collar but also spray our dog before a big trail hike or bike ride. Tick free the way to be!
Naturally, nobody knows your dog better than you. Your choice of toys, shampoo, food and other comforts are going to be things custom just for you. What we recommend is solely based on our experience and these are more of suggestions than anything else. The most important thing is to know that there's a bit more work involved when you bring your pet. During the hot months, their appetite will go down, while camping, and they will consume a lot of water. During winter months, depending, on your dog's size, an outdoor jacket may be advised. All in all, please use the above checklist as a guide. Then, get ready for great pictures and laughs as only a dog glampin' can bring.
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