Dogs Gone Camping: 6 Must Have Dog Items To Take Camping
When the weather is great, it's a terrific time to go camping and a good time to bring your dog along. But dogs need certain items besides the absolute essentials of food, water, and a leash when they go camping. Here are six camping items for dogs that I would not be without and would suggest you consider for your dog to keep them comfortable and safe....
Another product by Kyjen, the Outward Hound Port-A-Bowls are so convenient. They're lightweight, squishable, and easy to clean. Plus, they're a bargain considering how long they last; I've had the original bowl for about 8 years, so far. The bowls come in five bright shades and two sizes. Cleaning is a breeze; just wipe with a wet soapy sponge and rinse with clear water. The nylon bowls dry real quickly. Great camping item; make sure you bring at least two bowls per dog.
If your dog is young, healthy, and medium to large size, you might consider a hiking backpack for her. Use it only for long hikes and don't weigh the backpack down with heavy items like toys; dogs get enough back problems without carrying weights around on them. I pack a zip-lock with a few treats, two 6-ounce water bottles, one on each side, and a small Port-A-Bowl. I like the EzyDog Summit Backpack because it's sturdy, yet lightweight, and the packs are detachable, so it's very convenient. It also has great comfort features, like a chest plate harness that helps provide a secure fit for your dog. The Ezy Dog Summit Backpack comes in four sizes; be sure to check the sizing chart before ordering.
A raised dog bed is a must for any dog camper to reduce the risk of creepy-crawlies on her body. I like the Coloroo Elevated Bed. It's a strong yet light construction and it is made with a fabric that let's cool air flow underneath your dog to help them keep cool and comfortable. It gets excellent reviews.
K&H Manufacturing also has an excellent elevated pet bed that is designed to work well with its Pet Cot Canopy. The combination of the elevated bed bed together with the sun shade canopy is a terrific combination camping product for your dog. It comes in several sizes and colors. ( (Tip: The K&H Canopy does not work without custom DIY modifications with the Colaroo Elevated Bed so you need to use the K&H canopy with the K&H elevated bed only. If you want shade for the Colaroo Bed, I'd just add on a Alcott Explorer Tent for smaller beds and a normal human sized tent or an inexpensive solar canopy for larger dog beds.)
The SUREswivel 360 is one of the best investments you can make to keep your pet from wandering off. Use as long a leash or rope as you like, your dog with never get tangled up. And he'll never be able to uproot this marvelous tether because of its ingenious design; it is secured with SIX screw-shaped X3 Anchor Stakes, a patented stake that has three times the holding power of a regular nail. The SUREswivel looks like it's a heavy load but it's anything but. It's made of nylon and acrylic, not steel. This wonder speaks for itself, so I've included the video below to do it!
You will not want to be without this wonderful insect repellent for pets. Your dog will love you for it, especially after the first time he hikes without gnats, mosquitoes, and flies around his face and rear. The All Terrain (Natural) Pet Herbal Armor even controls fleas and ticks, but inspect your dog for them anyway after a hike. Put a few squirts of All Terrain on your hands and then pat areas around your dog's cheeks, chin, forehead, rear, tummy, and legs. The repellent does stink a bit (like citronella), but it's worth it.
Quik Shade Instant Pet Shade with Elevated Mesh Bed
This lightweight pvc backed polyster shelter provides shade and plenty of air for your dog as well as an elevated bed to keep your dog cool and elevated above any possible sources of discomfort when outdoors. The Quick Shade sets up in seconds. It only weighs 7.5 pounds and comes with its own carry bag so it is perfectly portable for car camping. It is on the smaller side measuring 24 inches by 36 inches by 29 inches high, so it is perfect for small to medium dogs.
Larger dogs will be more comfortable in the K&H Manufacturing Pet Canopy ( to be used with the K&H Manufacturing Elevated Bed I mentioned earlier.
I just recently added this to my must have camping list. NiteIze makes a terrific dog collar charm that is great to have for everyday but especially when you are outdoors. These little lights are super easy to clip on and make it easy to see your dog in the dark and the white light emits enough light for your dog to have a bit of a lighted area in front of them for easier navigation in the dark. The lights are about the size of two or three quarters stacked together so it is small enough on their collar all the time for larger dogs and it won't come off easily. They also make terrific little lights for the tent, to have clipped on, so pick up one for yourself.
I know these dog-loving products will make your camping or hiking outings with your dog safer and happier for you both!
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Originally published August 2013 and updated June 2015.