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Tips for Camping with Dogs + DIY Dog Tags

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Camping with dogs can be a lot of fun, but it requires you to be prepared.

Follow these tips for dog camping that show you how to make DIY Dog Tags to keep your pet happy, safe, and healthy on your trip.
dog sleeping under a picnic table while camping

Our dog, Cooper, loves to go camping with us. He gets excited when we are packing the car and shakes with excitement until we put him in the vehicle.

He settles down once we get on the road and is happy when we arrive at the campground.

Here are our tips for camping with your dog.

Tips for Camping with Dogs

Keep your dog safe from wild animals – Do not leave your dog unattended outside your tent or RV.

You never know when a critter might come up and mess with them.
dog in his crate in the shade and with a fan while camping

Keep the dog cooled off – When camping with dogs during warm months, so it is important to keep your dog comfortable in the heat.

Set them up in the shade and consider the use of a fan.

Take them on walks or hikes early or late, letting them rest during the hot part of the day.
walking a dog in the woods

Make sure the dog has plenty of fresh water – Have fresh water available for your dog at all times.

With being outside, you will have to change their water frequently due to dirt or bugs.
giving a dog water from a portable water bottle

Tick Check

Check your dog for ticks – We have pulled several ticks off our dog while camping.

Check them again after you get home.
checking a dog for ticks

Make sure to have proper identification on the dog – Does your dog have tags with their name and a phone number to reach you? How would someone reach you if you do not get reception on your phone at the campground?

Create a temporary ID tag for your dog.

Directions can be found at the bottom of this post.

Feed Your Dog Right

Make sure you pack dog food – There is so much that you need to remember to pack for camping, so is very easy to forget to bring food for your dog.

Bring more food than your dog will need.

Bring your pet’s food in a sealed container to keep critters out.

Do you have any tips for camping with dogs to add?

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camping with a dog and a tent custom diy dog tag on a dog for camping
Yield: numerous tags

DIY Dog Tags

DIY Dog Tags

Keep your pet safe when you travel with a temporary ID

Prep Time 1 minute
Active Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 1 minute
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost 25 cents per tag


  • Key Tags with Split Rings
  • Pen


  • pen


  1. Write your dog’s name and a phone number to reach you on one side of the tag.
  2. Write the campground name and your site number on the other side of the tag.
  3. Attach the tag to your dog’s collar.


Create the tags before you leave home. If you do not know which site number you are going to be in, add it to the tag once you get checked in

These temporary DIY Dog Tags will be helpful if your dog separates from you at the campground.

Did you make this project?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Pinterest

Sault Ste. Marie Camping at Aune-Osborn Campground
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Michele Schlaud

Sunday 4th of March 2018

We plan to camp with our horses. I can use the tag idea for them. Thank you.


Monday 5th of March 2018

You are welcome. Happy Trails!


Wednesday 28th of February 2018

Great ideas! Great tip for looking for ticks and the tag is genius! Pinned & shared. Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week! Kim


Wednesday 28th of February 2018

Thanks so much, Kim!