I camp about 50% of the time with my dog and the other 50% he stays home with my neighbor if she is available. We always bring his cage because he is most comfortable in it and he also travels in the car with it. It's like his security blanket. We always set up the screen room too. When I first started camping with him and I needed to head out for a short time I would put his cage in the pup and off I went. The neighbors around me told me he cried the whole time. I started to put his cage outside the pup in the screen room and he never made a sound. He would just look around or sleep and most of the time people didn't even know he was there. I guess he could hear noise but he wasn't able to see what was going on when left inside the pup. He loves to go camping and he actually looks like he has a smile on his face.