Tips for Camping With Pets

December 2, 2013

Bringing your dog along for the family camping trip is a great option instead of going through the troubles of trying to find a dog sitter. In order to make your trip fun and hassle-free, there are a few things to keep in mind when camping with pets. Don’t worry; our pet friendly campground will give you some great tips on how to turn your camping trip into a successful and enjoyable experience for both your family and your dog. We offer pet friendly rooms and cabins, and great hiking trails available for long walks.

Getting Here

Protect your pet in your vehicle by using a vehicle pet harness or a pet seat belt. In case you have to make a sudden stop or are involved in an accident, your dog won’t be a deadly projectile to other passengers. A dog that weighs 25 lbs becomes 1,000 lbs in a 40 mph crash – so be safe and buckle your buddy up. Never tie the dog up with a leash in the car, since it could choke or cause serious injury to your dog’s neck in event of a sudden stop or accident.

Sleeping Arrangements

Your dog should sleep inside your tent, vehicle, or stay with you in one of our pet friendly cabins in order to avoid dangers such as cold weather and wildlife. A travel pet bed is a good investment so your dog can kick back and relax comfortably after a long day of fun.


Safety comes first when you travel with pets. Pack a pet first-aid kit that includes any medication your dog requires, bandages, antiseptic cream, tape, and tweezers. Also save the numbers for the vet, pet hospitals, and the National Animal Poison Control Center hotline (888-426-4435) on your cellphone. Make sure you keep your dog on a leash where it is required, and also attach a travel tag with your contact information on your pet’s collar. You should always have the means of controlling your pet when you travel. Be courteous of other campers and the trails you visit by following the campground leash regulations.


Pack the appropriate amount of food and treats for your dog. Portable and collapsible water bowls are perfect for spending time in the outdoors. Some pet backpacks can even carry their own water supply!

Other Equipment

Some important items to pack are blankets, chewy toys, grooming supplies, and extra towels. Protective dog shoes are great if you are hiking in rough terrain or want to protect your furry friend’s paws from ice clumps.


Palmer Gulch lodging resort is nestled at the foot of Harney Peak in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. Our family resort caters to vacations built on family fun with outdoor activities and exciting amenities for travelers of all ages. Our Black Hills lodging options feature a 62-bedroom lodge, 6 resort cabins with first-class amenities, 30 mountain cabins ranging from rustic to deluxe, and a Mt. Rushmore KOA campground with hundreds of western South Dakota camping sites. Our KOA campground features a wide array of options for campers, from shaded tent sites and camping cabins to deluxe RV sites. This past week at the KOA Convention in Austin, TX, we were awarded the 2014 KOA President's Award! Contact us at 800-562-8503 to reserve your stay today!

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