Is your K9 Buddy traveling with you this summer? Check out some fab tips

Posted November 1, 2022

It's all about preparation.

Before you go, double-check your dog's vaccination certificates are all up to date, as some camping grounds may want to see copies when you check-in. Being far from home, it's important to check they are registered on the national Animal Companion Register ( so that you can be reached if they run off.
Similarly, an engraved tag with their name with your phone number is a must-have when you're on the road.

Stock up on a pet first aid, so you're prepared in case of an emergency when you are far from a vet. It's also handy to take a quick-dry towel for those muddy walks and a pet cooling mat may come in handy if you're travelling during the hot summer months.

Setting up camp.

You'll find hundreds of dog-friendly places to pull up for the night across both islands. Download the free Rankers app or the paid Wikicamps ($2.99) which both have handy dog- friendly filters to help you choose a spot. It's best to keep your dog on-lead at all times, both for their own safety, and that of other campers. Be very careful of letting your dog wander off in areas where you see 1080 baiting signs, as this is extremely poisonous to dogs. And to avoid annoying your neighbours, never leave your dog alone for extended periods of time as they may become distressed and start barking or whining.

When it comes to sleeping arrangements, most owners would agree that their dog should sleep inside the van. So find a comfy spot to place their bed and water bowl, and you'll all sleep soundly.

Time for an adventure
Travelling with a dog can restrict you from doing certain things and visiting places such as national parks and shopping centres, but their boundless joy and affection more than makes up for it.

Have a dip: With so many dog-friendly beaches, rivers and lakes around the country, you'll never be far from a place to take a refreshing dip.

Take a hike: There's not a dog in the world who doesn't love walks, so stretch those legs and explore the local trails. rates thousands of trails on its app so you can filter by dog-friendly, kid-friendly or stroller-friendly. Try to avoid hiking in the middle of the day during summer, and always pack plenty of water for everyone.

Socialise: Dogs are the ultimate ice-breaker when it comes to meeting other dog-loving campers. The dogs can socialise and the kids can play, while you can swap stories, advice, and play a game of cards with the other campers.

Fishing: If you've got a sea dog, hiring a boat for a day of fishing is a great activity for the whole family. Otherwise, you can always head to a local pier or riverbank and drop your line in. With some luck, you'll return with the evening's dinner.

Geocaching: This activity is like a big global treasure hunt, perfect for the whole family. Download the app at, then decrypt clues to find small virtual treasure boxes hidden nearby. It's a fun way to explore the local area and test your sleuthing skills. And remember, for any other activity that doesn't permit dogs, look for local dog sitters on, find a local kennel, or try to swap dog-sitting services with other campers. Dogs should never be left in hot cars or motorhomes.

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