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If you’re thinking about taking your dog camping, a dog camping bed will be high on the list of essentials to take along. You’ll probably also want to take dog food, dog bowls, dog boots, some toys, and maybe even a dog backpack, yet this article will be all about finding the right travel bed.
We’ll start by looking at what matters most when choosing the best dog camping bed for your situation. I’ll go through each and every aspect you should consider, but I’ll also share my favourite picks with you at the bottom half of this article.
Step 1: Measure your dog
To find the right camping bed for your dog, the first thing you want to do is measure your dog.
This is an important step because dogs come in many different sizes, so there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to dog beds.
In particular, you want to take note of the length and width of your dog. And then you want to add a little extra to those dimensions so that your pup will be able to stretch out comfortably.
Step 2: Does your dog have a personal preference?
If your dog likes to stay cool, an elevated dog bed can be a great option for camping.
Step 3: Will you need a crate?
You may need to bring a crate with you if your dog and the location of your camping trip require it.
When it comes to crates, you can choose between a traditional wire crate and a soft crate. Both types of crates are available in foldable options (which makes travelling with them easier). You can find them in the following places:
- Second-hand on Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace
- Some Kmarts
- Pet retail shops
- Online from $52 on Amazon
Steer clear from dog tents (unless you’re after cute photos for the gram!)
They pretty much serve the same purpose as a crate but they will be much less sturdy and harder to clean.
Step 4: Will a dog pen be handy?
If you’re not bringing a crate, placing a dog pen around the dog camping bed can be helpful for dogs that are still in training.
Similar to crates, you can choose between a soft dog pen or a wire dog pen.
Personally, I would recommend the wired option for camping trips, as it’s easier to clean.
6+ Dog camping beds for Australians
Here’s my pick for different types of camping beds that you can purchase from Australia.
Carhartt Pet Blanket
This is what I always bring along on camping trips. It’s really big (but folds up nicely) and has sherpa fleece lining on one side and water repellent coating on the other side. It works well as a bed and we also use it inside the car and on campgrounds to help make our dog feel comfortable.
Raised Folding Dog Bed
Raised dog beds are great for camping trips because they are cooler than other dog beds that touch the ground. This is because of the design, which has more ventilation. They’re also easy to clean, which is beneficial on camping trips.
Kurgo Waterproof Camping Dog Bed
If I was not happy with our Carhartt pet blanket, I would buy the Kurgo camping bed. They’re both great picks, but the Kurgo is a little easier to travel with as it rolls up into a compact sleeping-bag-sized bundle.
And that’s a wrap. I hope this article about dog camping beds was helpful for you. If you have any camping tips to share, please let me know! I will be covering more dog camping gear in the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled for that.