Things to pack for your dog for an RV camping trip

Milo the AwesomeDog and I spend lots of time RV camping. When we started traveling together I packed waaaaay too much stuff for him, which made getting ready to go camping a big ordeal. I’ve since streamlined the packing process. Now, I only bring what he needs and it just takes a couple of minutes to throw his stuff in the camper.

Here’s my RV camping packing list for Milo:

Obvious things

  • Food
  • Poop bags
  • Food and water bowls

Comfortable housing

I keep him with me almost all the time. When I’m sitting at a picnic table or relaxing in front of a campfire Milo rests in an exercise pen. I can attach a tarp to one side of the pen in case I need to shield him from unruly kids or dogs, and I have a fabulous reflective sunshade that keeps him cool on hot days. I’ve recently started bringing an electric fan that I set just outside his pen. It does a great job of keeping the mosquitos away.

Hiking, swimming, and kayaking stuff

I take him kayaking with me, and so he needs a lifejacket. And he carries his own snacks and water on long hikes, so he needs his backpack too. Sometimes I run his short leash through my belt and sometimes I hold it, but I find that all we need is one 6-foot leash.

Safety

I always keep a copy of his papers in my vehicle, and when we’re camping I write my cell phone number on his collar with a Sharpie in case he loses his tags. I also bring a flyer with his picture and my phone number on it (just in case). Finally, I keep a canine first aid kit in the trailer, which I supplement with Benadryl, because Milo occasionally eats bees, and a tick remover.

Fun

In addition to his toys, I bring cans of wet dog food and a couple of Kong chew toys. I have a freezer in my trailer, and I make him frozen Kongs so he has something to do on rainy days.

  • Tug toy
  • Water retrieve toy
  • Land retrieve toy
  • Kongs
  • Cans of wet dog food for easy frozen Kong filling

De-skunking potion ingredients

I always keep the ingredients for a de-skunking wash in my trailer. I’ve never had to use them, but I have a friend who had to make a long drive home with a very skunky dog, and I never want to be in that position.

  • hydrogen peroxide
  • baking soda
  • dish soap
  • disposable tarp

I bring fewer things for Milo than I used to, and we still have a great time.

black and tan german shepherd laying in green grass against a backdrop of green forest. There is a fence between the dog and the forest.

Here’s Milo at campsite 220 at Grundy Lake Provincial Park. He’s in his 48-inch Precision X-pen. This pen is a bit pricey, but it’s worth it. It’s a safer and more comfortable option than a tie-out. The black wire blends into the background and the pen has a walk-through door that is easy for people and not just dogs to use. It is simple to set up and is sturdy. 

RV dog camping checklist

  • Food
  • Poop bags
  • Food and water bowls
  • x-pen
  • sunshade
  • tarp (for privacy)
  • strong fan to keep the bugs off
  • 6-foot leash
  • his backpack
  • his life jacket
  • Papers and tags
  • Proof of vaccinations
  • Lost dog flyer (just in case)
  • First aid kit
  • Benadryl
  • Tick Twister
  • Tug toy
  • Water retrieve toy
  • Land retrieve toy
  • Kongs
  • Cans of wet dog food for easy frozen Kong filling
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • baking soda
  • dish soap
  • tarp (disposable and for containing skunky things)

12 thoughts on “Things to pack for your dog for an RV camping trip

  1. I also have a tendency to bring way too many dog things, and then when it comes to myself, forget to pack things I actually do need.
    What about hydrogen peroxide and a syringe in case they eat something harmful, do you think that’s being overly prepared?

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      • I added a link to first aid kit ingredients, which includes those things. I don’t think it is overdoing it at all. Also, I can’t believe that I forgot to put my anti-skunk potion on this list. Maybe I forgot to write it because I’ve never had to use it, and I hope I’m not jinxing things by editing the post to add it to my list. 🙂

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      • Someone once asked me why I packed hydrogen peroxide in my dog’s bag. I said it was to induce vomiting in case she ate something bad, and they were like, eat something bad? Come on, what’s she going to eat? I laughed because she is a garbage gut. The right question is, what won’t she eat? But yeah, people in general, in my family at least, seem to think I’m “paranoid” about my dog, which is always confusing to me since everything I do seems to me no more than taking good care of her. The “it’s just a dog” attitude. *shrugs*

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    • Thanks! The pen is 48″ tall. I don’t leave him in there unsupervised. It just keeps him safe when I’m puttering around the campsite. He could probably jump out if he wanted to, he just doesn’t know it and so we are OK! I like it more because it keeps others away from him.

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