You love the great outdoors and are planning a camping adventure. You’re thinking about bringing your dog but aren’t sure if it’s safe or easy to manage. Whether you will be tent camping along a remote wilderness hiking trail or “glamping” in a high-end camper, with just a few extra essentials, including your best buddy can be seamless and fun.
So, what do you need for camping with your dog? Here are a few things that you shouldn’t leave home without.
Easy to Carry Food
If you are an avid camper, you know space is a premium. And you sure don’t want to carry any more weight than you have to. Freeze-dried dog food can be the perfect solution. Made from fresh ingredients then freeze-dried to remove most of the water, this light, dry product takes up less space and weighs far less than traditional dog kibble while still providing high-quality nutritional value for your hard-working, camping adventure dog. Choose from a variety of flavors, including grain-free and puppy options.
The Kibble Kaddie by Ruffwear is the perfect pouch to carry your dog’s food in. With a roll-down top that reduces the volume of space as you go and easy to open the clasp, the Kibble Kaddy keeps your pup’s food fresh and easy to access. There’s even an internal pocket to store your collapsible food and water bowls or dog treats.
Comforts of Home
Your dog doesn’t want to sleep on sharp rock ledges or hard ground covered in tree roots any more than you do. Chances are you aren’t going to carry your dog’s big, fluffy dog bed when camping, but you still want to ensure they have a soft place to sleep or relax on during the day. The Ruffwear Mt. Bachelor Pad is a lightweight, roll-up bed that is easy for you to carry but still provides your pup protection and comfort from the ground. The microsuede cover is easy to shake out for mid-adventure cleaning and is removable for a full wash when you get home. It comes in two different sizes, both that weighs in at under three pounds.
Even the most off-leash reliable dog can be tempted to chase after wildlife or venture a little too far into the woods where it’s easy to get lost. The Ruffwear Knot-a-Hitch is a dog tie-out solution that allows your dog the freedom to roam camp while still staying safely secured. Inspired by the components and ropes used by rock climbers, the Knot-a-Hitch is incredibly durable and easy to stow and carry. Set it up between two trees or attach it to a single post for up to 36 feet of exploration.
For extra safety, add the Ruffwear Beacon Safety Light. This waterproof, rechargeable light attaches easily to your dog’s leash, collar or harness so you can keep track of them after dark. Choose from one of three LED light colors or cycle through them all. The translucent shell allows light to be visible from all directions so you can easily spot your pup.
Although you may be exhausted from hiking or exploring all day, if you have a high-energy dog, they may not be as tuckered out as you are. A good play session can help. The Pacific Ring by Ruffwear is a fun, durable toy – and not to mention light and easy for you to carry. Fling it, tug it, twist it – all from the comfort of your camping chair.
No one ever wants to face a medical emergency with pets when far from home and a trusted veterinarian, but the fact is there are a lot of little dangers in the great outdoors. From allergic reactions to a bug bite or lacerations from sharp rocks, it’s important to be prepared. The Kurgo First Aid Kit is compact but well-stocked essential. This 50-piece kit is made with super durable fabric and is easy to carry or hang on a nearby tree. It even includes a how-to guide to help your pup in various medical emergencies. Even when you’re not camping, it’s a good idea to keep this kit in your car or at home.
Including your dog in your camping adventures will be an experience you will both love. Get the right gear, and don’t leave your furry best friend at home.