Don't just consider daylong hiking excursions, either. Many campgrounds and parks allow humans with cats or dogs in tow to pitch a tent and spend the night. Again, your pets will likely need to stay leashed, but that doesn't mean they can't enjoy a leisurely doze while you swap ghost stories across the campfire after a long day of hiking. Call ahead to find out what restrictions, if any, a campground enforces so you're prepared to comply.
In order to ensure your trip is a resounding success, you'll want to bring along some supplies in addition to your standard camping gear. Unless you plan on letting your pets bunk in with you, a small separate tent with bedding is a good idea. Then there's your pup's (or kitty's) leash, food, water, treats and toys. It's smart to bring vaccination records, a first-aid kit and grooming supplies, too. Last, but certainly not least? Flea and tick repellent. Don't ruin a fantastic vacation by bringing any of those guys home.