Camping with Dog- Leo Carillo in Malibu

This past weekend we took Finn camping with us. There is a gorgeous campsite in malibu ( about 5 miles north of Zuma Beach) called Leo Carillo. Not only is there an amazing beach here ( see previous post about Leo Carillo Dog Beach), but there is also a campsite that is dog friendly.I really love taking Finn on adventures like this. Sure it would’ve been much easier logistically for us to leave him at home, but to see how happy he is exploring things really makes it all worthwhile. I love having a dog that we can take cool places and Leo Carillo exceeded all of our expectations.

Finn sleeping in the tent

Finn sleeping in the tent

Because Leo Carillo is such an immensely popular camping spot due to its prime location on the beach, it is suggested you make reservations up to 6 months in advance. We had been looking forward to this weekend for a long time, and we lucked out with absolutely gorgeous weather! We didn’t even need to use the sleeping bags we brought- although they were good to have to provide a cushion. We didnt do much advanced planning, but camping with a dog does require some preparation. Here are some tips for next time we go:

1. Get bigger tent. Apparently a 70 Lb golden retriever and 2 average sized adults do not fit comfortably in a 3 person tent. Especially when said Golden Retriever is a big fan of running in his sleep.

2. Bring earplugs. Finn has a habit of doing a low growl whenever he hears a strange noise or movement. Well, the campgrounds had about 150 campsites that were all full that night. There were lots of strange noises which led to growling pretty much all night.

3. Make sure flashlight has new batteries. I just grabbed the flashlights had around the house. One of them we broke within 5 minutes of using it. Long story. The others batteries died within 20 minutes of using it. There really isnt much to do in pitch black conditions, so we ate more s’mores and called it a night early.

4. Bring better food/water bowls for Finn.  Finn has a tendency to not eat in different/weird situations.  Camping was no exception. We couldn’t get him to eat his normal kibble. I wish we had bought treats or some other form of sustenance for him ( he NEVER rejects treats!).  Also, next time I will bring plenty of Fresh water and a collapsible bowl since the water spicket was too far away to be convenient.

Now that we’ve had 1 semi-successful camping trip, we cant wait to go on our next one. We’ll be much better prepared this time and with a bigger tent and earplugs,  maybe even get some sleep! I would highly recommend this campgrounds to anyone in the LA area looking to spend some time in nature with their furry friend.

Chris and Finn on the cliffs

Chris and Finn on the cliffs

Such a good little camper!

Such a good little camper!

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