With around 33% of UK households having a dog, it’s easy to understand why dog-friendly campsites are becoming more and more popular!
However, taking your pet on any holiday can mean there are a few extra items on your packing list.
It’s important for both your family and other people on the site that you ensure your dog is safe while you’re away. This means you need to be well prepared!
We all know there’s nothing better than including your pooch on the family getaways… but how can you make the most out of the time away?
We’ve compiled our top tips below!
Top Dog-Friendly Campsites in the UK
There are a lot of excellent choices when it comes to taking your furry companion camping in the UK! A few which come highly recommended include:
- Barn Farm Campsite – Situated in the idyllic Peak District, Barn Farm offers lovely family works around neighbouring villages such as Bakewell and Matlock.
- Atlantic Bays Holiday Park – Atlantic Bays is the perfect place to explore Cornwall with your family with local attractions and even a TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice award.
- Elm Cottage Touring Park – Open all year round, Elm Cottage offers something extra special with onsite wood-fired pizzas and Saturday morning crepes, in the heart of Cheshire.
- Hele Valley Holiday Park – In stunning Devon, Hele Valley is perfect for that relaxing family getaway, with lush green fields and all-weather glamping pods.
- Highlands End Holiday Park – Located on a scenic cliff top and providing the best in camping facilities. Whether you’re looking for onsite restaurants or a swimming pool, Highlands End has it all.
Our Top Tips for Camping with a Pooch
Poo Bags & Lots of Them!
This may seem like an obvious one but unfortunately, they’re all too easy to forget!
We would always recommend taking even more than you expect you will need and keep a few in your coats and car so you will never be caught off guard.
Take Plenty of Blankets and Old Towels
Our furry friends love nothing more than a run in the muddy forest or a splash on the beach!
Whether it’s for getting clean or drying off, pack some old towels so you can get your pooch sorted before you get back to the tent.
Blankets are also useful to make them cosy after a long day of family fun!
Make Sure You Have a Collar with Your Details On
Hopefully, it won’t ever be needed, but for your peace of mind, always ensure your dog is easily identifiable.
Your dog’s collar should include your contact number as a minimum. On the off chance that they lose the pack, you want to make sure it’s easy for someone to get them back home.
Decide Where They’re Going to Sleep
Depending on the size of your tent and the sleeping arrangements back home, you may need some extra bits.
If your dog has their own cosy bed, make sure it’s not left behind!
You also need to make sure your tent is big enough, either in the living compartment or bedrooms, so there’s space for their bed or blankets.
Take A Long Lead & A Spike
When you’re having some chilled family time on the field where you’re pitched, you want to make sure your dog can join in – and safely too!
Most sites will ask that your dog is on a lead at all times, we would recommend investing in a long lead and spike. That way they’re safe and secure, but can still get involved in all the family fun.
Research Dog Walks in Advance
We all know how important it is to make sure our pets get enough daily exercise, and this is no different on holiday!
Research your local dog walks ahead of time to ensure there are routes suitable for your pet’s needs and preferences.
Dog-Friendly Camping Accessories from The Family Tent Shop
If you’re all ready to book your next dog-friendly camping trip, then it’s time to make sure you’ve got everything you need!
Here at The Family Tent Shop, we have everything from dog tethers to comfortable tent carpets.
For all the accessories you need to make your dog right at home, click here.
Need some advice? We’re more than happy to help! Just get in touch.