DOGGY-DOs by Campdog Maggie

DOGGY-DOs by Campdog Maggie

Hi! Campdog Maggie here to give you the doggy lowdown on travelling with your best friends. We dogs know exactly what’s happening when you start packing the bags to go away, so you can only imagine the joy when we realise we get to come along too!

A heap of caravan holiday parks are pet friendly these days so all it takes is a little forward planning and we can all go on holiday together.

7 DOGGY-DOs for Planning a Caravan and Camping Holiday

1. Get your dog used to long drives

Sometimes us doggies get sick in the car, so it’s worth taking us on some longer car rides before we all set out on holiday together. This helps prepare us for the long drive and helps to get us used to the pet harness or being inside a pet carrier. Also, it’s best not to feed us right before setting out –  we don’t like to vomit all over the car any more than you like cleaning it up!

2. Check your dog is fit for travel

I hate to say this, but us doggies really should have all our vaccinations up to date before going on holiday because we might come into contact with unvaccinated friends. The vet can also recommend any flea or tick treatments than can keep us safe while we explore new areas. If we have health issues, take a print out of our medical history in case we have to visit a vet on holiday.

3. Make sure your dog has ID

We know you have us microchipped and we are glad this helps us find you when we get lost, but on holidays we don’t want to get sent back home without you. Aside from checking our microchip details are current, please hang an ID tag on our collar that has your mobile number on it. We’ll find you in no time!

4. Pack your dog’s usual food

Going on a caravan or camping trip is exciting and comes with lots of new things we have to get used to. Please pack plenty of our favourite snacks and food so we don’t get an upset tummy or too stressed about everything being different. Our own food and water bowls from home help too!

5. Take your dog’s bedding from home

Us doggies love our own blankies and beds as much as you love your own pillow! Please pack our bed from home if you can – it will help us sleep better and feel more at home in these strange new environments we are all exploring.

6. Pack a zillion poop bags!

There won’t be any backyard where poop can wait to picked up on our caravan or camping holiday. Please make sure you have a zillion poop bags for all our toilet stops. We’d be so embarrassed to get kicked out of a caravan park because you didn’t clean up after us. And we definitely don’t want to be the cause of stinking up all the walking tracks we all love to explore.

7. Keep your dog safe and secure

We love to run off leash whenever we can, but when on holidays it’s best to keep us securely restrained. There’s so many scary new things that might set us off running and all those new doggy faces aren’t always friendly. Keep us on our leads when walking around and use a longer lead on a stake at the campsite. We’ll still get to explore but we’ll stay safe and sound.


That’s all from me! I hope you find my DOGGY-DOs helpful when taking your best friend on a caravan and camping holiday. Let me know in the comments!

Dog kisses from Campdog Maggie (WOOF!)

Maggie is resident and campdog at Armidale Tourist Park.







October 27, 2016

12 responses to “DOGGY-DOs by Campdog Maggie”

  1. Marg Bordin says:

    What a great thing to post. I needed the reminder
    of a tag with my number on it.

  2. Margaret williams says:

    Really enjoyed reading these helpful tips !!
    Thank you maggie

  3. Peter Stott says:


  4. Deidre horne says:

    We have 3 dogs and have foUnd a portable metal Dog Enclosure perfect they can move around aRe safe and can be kept secuRely not heavy to pack quick to erect

  5. Bernice Wuttke says:

    Whilst this will not apply to all, but, if you travel in remote or outback areas, please be aware that 1080 baits may have been laid in areas that you may be passing through or staying. I have muzzles for my dogs that are put on before they exit the car for toilet stops etc. Maybe overkill information for some but better to be informed rather than not.

  6. Brett hickin says:

    Thanks for your post Maggie, we have just got our own little dog, so found the post very imformative .

  7. lola says:

    yep could not agree more we as responsible dog lovers love traveling with the therapist ha ha and guess what lola loves it too, woof!!!!!
    john and karen

  8. Noel Walker says:

    I notice a lot of dog owners walk there dogs but when it comes to picking up they look around and carry on. carry a bag and use it. You also get the “my dog won’t Bite” idiots that have there dog off leads in parks. My little girl miniature schnauzer get pan-iced when someone’s dog rushers at her even if only a greeting. It would be a different story if my dog assaulted theirs.


    Many thanks for these tips for travellers with pets.
    as a motel and caravan park owner i am appalled at the number of people who do not follow the policies of the establishment where they are staying. most places have similar policies. my complex is pet friendly (except inside buildings), but for several years we were not as i was tired of people not doing the right thing. but then I thought of all those who did the right thing and felt it wrong that they should be penalised. it is not the establishment owner who should pick up after your pet, it is you. it is not my neighbour with his lovely lawn who should pick up after your pet, it is you. and it is unfair to leave droppings along the walking paths for others to step in – pick it up no matter where it is deposited, even in the little country spots (where I am). we love people who do the right thing and we love their little furry friends. happy travelling.

  10. GWENDA BYRNE says:

    thank you sandy alexander for expressing the thoughts of accommodation providers. As responsible pet owners have told us, they want to be able to travel with their pets and realise that it is the owners who do the wrong thing by not picking up their dog droppings etc, that ruin it for everyone.

  11. Alan Cameron says:

    Q. WHat is the difference between a man, and a dog?

    A. A man wears a suit, a dog, just Pants!!!

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