4 Tips for Camping with Your Dog

Camping is a great way to connect with the outdoors and unwind, and with a little planning you can bring your most loyal pal along with you on all your adventures: even on kayaking or canoe trips!


James Penswick & his wife Jacky are adventure photographers, camping enthusiasts, and pet-parents to three adorable pugs: Winston, Bella, and Onyx. Today they offer 4 quick tips to make sure your camping trips are dog-friendly and hassle-free.

(Follow their adventures on jamesandjacky.com)


  1. Do your research. Not every campsite is dog-friendly. Reserve America is a great tool you can use to find pet-friendly camping sites.
  2. Bring a leash, and get creative. If a campsite is cool enough to allow dogs, they will likely require the dog to be leashed. We made our own long leashes out of clothesline so the dogs can explore the campsite but not wander too far off.
  3. Remember pet-friendly bug spray. Seems fairly straightforward, but dogs attract biting bugs more than trash attracts flies. Be nice and get something safe for them, preferably something DEET-free (yes, it does exist).
  4. Life Preservers. If you plan to bring your dogs on your canoe or kayak, you’ll need doggie life preservers. Also, dogs with “smooshed-in” faces like pugs and bulldogs do not have a snout to keep out of the water to breathe, so if they happen to fall in, they’ll appreciate the buoyancy a life-preserver gives.

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(All photos used with permission of James & Jacky Penswick of jamesandjacky.com)