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Camping Hacks You Need to Know

Newer to camping or just need a refresh before fall and winter adventures? Look no further than this list of the best camping hacks we have rounded up for our Pak. Don’t miss out on adventure by being unprepared! Follow these tips for the best hiking and camping experience possible.


Reserve Your Campsite Early

The early bird really does get the worm! Don’t get stuck without a campsite on the days you want to adventure. If you are using a state or national park campground that requires reservations, make sure to book your site early. Know what campgrounds fill up fast, so you can plan ahead.


Bring a GPS or Satellite Phone

Don’t get caught without a form of communication or tracking device to find your way around. If an emergency happens at your campsite or out hiking, you may not have enough service to use a smartphone or other device. Keep your satellite phone or GPS charged and in a safe place while camping.


Bring a Comfort Item From Home

Camping can be uncomfortable for your pup if it’s their first time. Help them stay calm and collected while sleeping or winding down with a comfort item. If your dog has a favorite blanket, toy, or treat be sure to pack that.


Assimilate Before You Leave

If you and your pack are newer to camping together or are using new gear, take the time before you leave to get used to these items. Let your dog sniff, lay, and familiarize themselves with any new items. That could include sleeping bags, sleeping mats, a dog backpack or harness. Once your dog is comfortable with them inside your own home, they are more likely to be comfortable while using them camping.


Research Where You’re Camping

There are so many options when it comes to camping terrain. Whether you’re looking for a mountain getaway or just a lakeside view, research the area you are looking into. Certain camping items may be better for a specific location (for example, needing to pack dog booties if you are going to be hiking in tougher areas). Know the wildlife to watch for, the weather that frequents the area, and what is around your campsite. Know before you go!

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