How to go camping with dogs# Camping
Your pupper is part of the family – there‘s no doubt about it! So why not enjoy a Campervan holiday with your dog? There are several things to consider before hitting the road, and we have all the info you need. From dog-friendly campsites, the best beaches as well as Campervans available to rent with pets and so much more – you can find it all in our guide on how to go camping with dogs.
Travelling with your dog in a Campervan
If your dog has never travelled in a Caravan or Motorhome, there are a few tricks on how to prepare your pupper, so you won’t be doin’ him a heckin’ bamboozle! (Yes, we are fluent in doggolingo). But all jokes aside, it is crucial that your pet feels comfortable when hitting the road with you, therefore, these four tips can help you out and get your dog ready for a Motorhome holiday.
- If your dog has never travelled in a Motorhome, take a number of short journeys building up to a long drive to your holiday destination. Treat your four-legged friend to a short walk each time you stop.
- Before you leave, park overnight in your driveway and spend a “test night” with your dog in your chosen vehicle. This will introduce him to the situation before you leave.
- Don’t leave your dog unattended in a Campervan. Particularly when the weather is hot! Heat stroke can happen quicker than you might think.
- For small or elderly dogs, you might want to use accessories such as ramps for easy access, travel beds, or specially designed dog bowls.
Camping with dogs – packing list
Sometimes, holiday preparations can get hectic, and therefore a packing list is always a good idea, so you won’t forget the essentials! When camping with dogs, there are a few things that should definitely make it in the luggage before you leave. We’ve collected the most important things for you, so you don’t have to worry and can use our packing list.
Food and treats
As you shouldn’t change your dogs’ diet when going on a Campervan holiday, bring enough of his regular food and treats that you can take on hikes or to the beach.
Collapsable dog bowls and water bottle
Collapsable dog bowls take up less space and are great to take with you on hikes. A water bottle is essential so your pupper can stay hydrated when exploring wild nature.
No one likes stepping into, well you know what, not even dog owners, therefore poo bags are a must. Everyone enjoys a clean campsite.
Your dogs’ favourite toys
Taking something with you that your dog knows and loves can help them out when camping in unknown areas. Other than that, what would a holiday be without a toy to play with?
Even when you go camping in the summertime, the ground can get cold. An insulated blanket can help keep your doggo warm. There are also special dog mats available that are supposed to keep the cold away.
After a long day at the beach, you might want to dry your beloved pet before going to bed. Microfibre towels dry quickly and do not take up a lot of space. There are also bathrobes for dogs that you can bring, which are comfy and keep your dog from cooling down too much.
Some campsites can get very dark at night, especially in Autumn, so a collar light can help to keep eyes on your dog.
First aid kit
A first aid kit can come in handy when having to treat cuts on paws. Dressing and paw protectors can help keep wounds clean.
Ticks are nasty and disgusting, but they really love your pet, so tick tweezers can help remove them without getting the head stuck in your dogs’ skin, causing an infection.
Harness and collar
When going on hikes, a harness might be better than a collar. A collar will give your dog more “space” when playing at the beach or simply relaxing at the campsite.
Short and extendable leads
Depending on where you go, you might have to keep your dog on a lead. For campsites, shorter leads are fine, if out in nature an extendable lead can give your dog more freedom to sniff out those tasty smelling trees.
Holiday time also means wellness time! A dog brush can help remove knots and small grains in their fur and keep them shiny.
Dog seat belt
If you’re not using a dog crate, a dog seat belt can be connected with a harness or collar and the car seat when travelling. This will make sure your dog stays safe in place.
Dog-friendly Campervans to rent
If you’re looking for a Motorhome or Caravan to rent that allows pets, we got just the right vehicles for you. We’ve selected some of our Campervans that allow pets on board and if the right one is not included, we got even more vehicles available for you.
Megalodon from Bournemouth
This vehicles’ beautiful interior is inspired by the Jurassic Coast, and it is spacious enough for you and your dog! Relax on the comfy sofa and enjoy the super king-size bed. Big plus: there is enough storage space for everything that you want to bring with you and with hot water, a fully equipped kitchen, solar panels and a leisure battery, this Campervan is self-sustaining. Even a portable chemical toilet can be added to hire.
- Location: Bournemouth
- Sleeping berths: 6
- Price per night: £130
Luxury VW from Manchester
If you’re looking for comfort, warmth, and one really stylish Campervan, the luxury VW is your choice! This vehicle is equipped with a stove, refrigerator including a freezer, kitchenware, a freshwater tank, as well as heating and a leisure battery among other things. Campervan owner Jonathan even provides drop-off and pick-up of his vehicle or a parking spot for your own car if you’re ready to roll right away.
- Location: Manchester
- Sleeping berths: 4
- Price per night: £89
Sassquatch from Petersfield
Sassquatch is an absolutely stunning and lovingly converted camper for hire in Hampshire. The living area of her roomy, wood-panelled interior has a fitted kitchen, toilet, Wi-Fi, king-size bed and a large area for a dog. The Campervan is equipped with fresh-water and a septic tank, a portable camping toilet and a leisure battery.
- Location: Petersfield, near Portsmouth
- Sleeping berths: 2
- Price per night: £130
Lulu from Exeter
Lulu has been newly converted last summer and the interior is simply beautiful with its oak surfaces, dimmer lights, a brand-new foam mattress and lots of love for details. If you’re looking for a home away from home, this is definitely it. The vehicle is also equipped with heating for colder nights, a leisure battery, a water tank as well as a mobile gas cooker and a cool box. Additionally, owner Louise offers to include a solar shower and a toilet with a separate tent as an outdoor bathroom.
- Location: Exeter
- Sleeping berths: 2
- Price per night: £55
Sonho from Stoke-on-Trent
Bright colours, modern interior and super comfy – that would be the best way to describe this Campervan. Sonho offers enough space in a comfy bed for two people. The front seats turn into a single bed for your four-legged friend – no need to sleep on the floor! Next to a fully equipped kitchen with sink, two-burner hob and a few welcome snacks, there is plenty of storage for all your kit. Additionally, Sonho has a leisure battery, a water tank and a drive-away awning or firepit can be added as well.
- Location: Stoke-on-Trent between Birmingham and Manchester
- Sleeping berths: 2
- Price per night: £70
Are you looking for more pet-friendly Campervans to rent? No problem either. If you click on the following button you can have a look at our fleet, including vehicles that will warmly welcome your dog aboard.
Camping with dogs – dog-friendly beaches and campsites
You got your Motorhome, your bags are packed and you and your beloved four-legged friend are ready to go. But where? We’ve got a list of dog-friendly beaches across the UK as well as campsites that not just welcome you but also your pet. Especially autumn is a great way to still enjoy the sun during a nice beach day but also have more space due to fewer tourists.
Top 6 dog-friendly beaches across the UK
- East Runton Beach – Norfolk, England: Situated right next door to the well-known Norfolk seaside resort of Cromer, with its Victorian pier and esplanade, is East Runton beach. East Runton is a long, sandy beach backed by sloping sandstone cliffs and countryside beyond. Dogs are allowed all year round.
- Low Newton Beach – Northumberland, England: The beach here is so vast that even if the car park is full it will simply never feel crowded and the water quality has the highest standards in the UK. Dogs are allowed all year round.
- Big Sands Beach – Highlands, Scotland: This sheltered sand and shingle beach is protected from the prevailing winds by Longa Island. Beyond this are the mountains of Skye and Torridon to which there are spectacular views. Dogs are allowed all year round.
- Culzean Beach – Ayrshire, Scotland: The lovely, secluded beach nestles under the spectacular Culzean Castle on the Ayrshire coastline. The beach at Culzean is made up of sand and rocks and is backed by areas of dense woodland and cliffs.
- Beesands Beach – Devon, England: Beesands’ shingle beach, which is about one mile long, is backed by fields and gently rolling hills. It nestles between the sea, a freshwater lake called Widdicombe Ley and the tiny village. Dogs are allowed all year round.
- Porthdinllaen Beach – Gwynedd, Wales: This beautiful little stretch of coast has largely escaped development and parts are now owned by the National Trust. Dogs are allowed all year round.
Camping with dogs – choosing the right campsite
If you go camping with dogs, you definitely want to choose a campsite where your floof is welcome. We’ve got 12 campsites across the UK for you that not just allow pets, but also have a designated dog walk or are in a great location for you to explore the beach or wild nature.
1. Slapton Sands – Devon, England
The Slapton Sands campsite is right on the South Devon Heritage coast and there are dozens of beaches within walking distance. The lovely shingle Beach Slapton Sands welcomes dogs all year round and the campsite itself offers a designated dog-walking area. Other than that, the campsite is really small – only 8 caravans are allowed – and you can choose between hardstanding or grass pitches, including an electric hook-up.
2. California Cross – Devon, England
The Camping and Caravanning Club Site “California Cross” is also located near the South Devon Heritage Coast in South Hams – an area of outstanding natural beauty off the beaten track. The California Inn and a shop next to the campsite sell locally produced food. Dog-friendly beaches nearby are Bentham, Wonwell and Thurlestone. Additionally, the Dartmoor National Park is right around the corner for long hikes.
3. West Runton – Norfolk, England
This secluded Camping and Caravanning Club Site near the seaside town of Cromer offers a lovely dog walk, grass and hardstanding pitches, including an electric hook-up as well as a Motorhome service point. The charming fishing village West Runton with sandy beaches and rock pools is nearby. Another big highlight is the Sheringham market, which takes place on Wednesday and Saturday.
4. Moffat – Scottish Lowlands
The Moffat campsite located in the beautiful Scottish Lowlands offers 180 pitches with electric hook-ups available. There is a dog walk on the site and dozens of amazing off-site walking opportunities to explore the area. The Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall is only 200 feet (ca. 61 metres) from the campsite and close to Loch Skene. Big plus: discounts are offered to campers at the Buccleuch Arms.
5. Kingsbury Water Park – near Birmingham, England
Only 30 minutes from the main attractions in Birmingham, you will find the Kingsbury Water Park campsite. Kingsbury offers a Motorhome service point, a shop as well as hardstanding pitches with electric hook-ups. Middleton Hall is nearby and allows dogs on leads in the grounds. The Water Park itself is one of the largest and most diverse fisheries in the Midlands.
6. Bala – Snowdonia National Park, Wales
The Camping and Caravanning Club Site “Bala” is set outside the eastern boundary of the Snowdonia National Park. The secluded campsite with only 45 pitches has quite a few dog-friendly beaches in the area such as Aberdovey, Barmouth, Colwyn Bay, Harlech and Prestatyn – only to name a few. Bala itself is home to a number of dog-friendly pubs and Bala Lake offers great opportunities for sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, and fishing as well as walk and cycle routes.
7. Dunstan Hill – Northumberland, England
Dunstan Hill is only a 5-minute walk from a dog-friendly beach and has a designated dog walk on site. Beadnell Bay is another stunning beach in the area where dogs can run wild and free in the sand dunes. South of the campsite lies Alnwick Castle, which is best known as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies. The campsite itself offers grass and hardstanding pitches with an electric hook-up as well as a shop.
8. Norman’s Bay – East Sussex, England
200 spacious and level pitches, a dog-friendly beach adjacent to the site and grass as well as hardstanding pitches with electric hook-ups make Norman’s Bay a great campsite to visit. The South Downs Way trail at Seven Sisters Country Park is nearby as well as the farmers’ market in Pevensey Bay which happens every other Saturday. The Smugglers Pub in Pevensey is dog-friendly, uses local produce and offers 10% off for campers.
9. Chichester – West Sussex, England
Dozens of trails lead directly from the Chichester campsite to the coast with dog-friendly beaches, and there is a bus stop right in front of the Camping and Caravanning Club site. As per usual, you can choose between grass or hardstanding pitches, including an electric hook-up and the Southbourne Farm Shop nearby sells local products. For organic fruits and vegetables, make sure to pass by the Tuppenny Barn.
10. Keswick – Cumbria, England
The Keswick campsite is located in the Lake District among the north lakes. You can choose between grass and hardstanding pitches, including an electric hook-up, and there are dozens of activities nearby to undertake with your dog, such as boat rides or visiting the oldest stone circles in the UK at Castlerigg. Trails are accessible directly from the campsite, and Keswick town centre is within walking distance. Make sure to visit the Keswick farmers’ market on Thursdays and Saturdays.
11. Llanystumdwy – Gwynedd, Wales
The Llanystumdwy campsite is especially great if you love to see the stars at night. Since it is located in a Dark Sky Park, there are none of the usual lighting schemes, and you can sleep under the bright Milky Way. The Camping and Caravanning Club site is only 25 minutes to the dog-friendly Porthdinllaen Beach, which is owned by the National Trust. Criccienth to the east of the campsite offers a great castle to explore. There are grass and hardstanding pitches with electric hook-up available, and there is a designated dog walk on site.
12. Culzean Castle – Ayrshire, Scotland
The Culzean Castle campsite is located right on the grounds of this beautiful Scottish castle and offers 90 pitches with electric hook-ups and stunning views. There is also a Motorhome service point and the campsite is only 5 minutes from the dog-friendly Culzean beach.
We’ve reached the end of our guide on how to go camping with dogs. You’ve learned how to get your pupper ready for a Campervan holiday, got your packing list as well as the best dog-friendly beaches and campsites across the UK and Motorhomes that are pet friendly. If you’re looking for more travel inspiration, check out our last minute dog-friendly short breaks or our list of dog-friendly caravan parks. Have a great time with your furry friend and don’t forget to boop the snoot! (And learn some Doggolingo, if you haven’t yet 😉 )
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