Eight Essentials for Camping with your Canine
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Show me a dog that has no interest in going camping with their owner and I'll show you a face full of legitimate surprise. Show me a dog owner that wants to take their dog camping but doesn't know if they have the right gear to get started and I'll show you this lovingly curated list of essentials.
This easy-to-assemble pet cot keeps your dog up off the ground, allowing air to flow around them while offering joint-relief after a long day out on the trails. It has a sturdy frame that can hold over 150 pounds and features a breathable mesh center that is easy-to-clean, repels moisture, mold, bacteria, and odors for a fresh bed every evening. Don't be afraid to throw a Chuckit! Travel Dog Bed on there too for extra cozies!
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An excellent choice for backcountry camping, this rugged and practical travel kit comes with a 5L reusable dry food storage bag and two durable, collapsible dog bowls, all of which save on precious time and space while out in the wilderness. If you're doing a quick car-camping trip, this dog travel food set has everything you need and packs up perfectly in the provided drawstring bag to free up some cargo space.
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This tactical dog back is designed to keep your pet comfortable while giving him or her a job to do and making them look absolutely adorable! The two main zipper side compartments are perfect for carrying dog food and water while the semi-open pockets stash snacks, waste disposal bags other odds-and-ends keeping them easily accessible. If your dog tends to get a little funky while working hard this breathable mesh option is another bestseller that airs out easily at the end of the day.
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If you've never watched a video of a dog wearing booties for the first time you should stop what you're doing and look some up right now. Although hilarious and a bit awkward at first, your dog will get used to them soon enough and be forever grateful that you've provided them with some serious paw and pad protection out in the wilderness.
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This collar is awesome thanks to it's 12 bright LED’s that keep your dog visible up to 1640ft. It is equipped with three lighting modes (slow and quick flash along with steady glow) that are easily chosen by a simple push-button and the whole thing is fully USB rechargeable. Pair it up with an LED dog leash for even more visibility when out with your pup in low light and/or tall brush conditions.
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Most state and national park campgrounds require that your dog is on a leash at all times but that doesn't mean you have to be on the other end. This tie-out allows for 360-degrees of tangle-free swiveling and has been tested to hold up to 1,000 lbs of pull force when properly anchored. If your pup isn't the flight-risk type you still may want to keep a simple tie-out anchor and cable option on-hand just in case the Park Ranger tries to give you any guff.
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I have a First Aid Kit for my dog on-hand at all times. It lives in my car for easy access when we aren't on a trail and although it's only come in handy for a couple of mundane mishaps (thankfully) I refuse to go anywhere without it. This particular kit comes with all the staples but I always add some Sulfodene 3-Way Ointment, this mini outdoor dog showerhead, and some original blue Dawn dish soap because let's be honest, that soap can clean everything from fleas to skunk sprays and everything in between.
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Any seasoned hiker/camper knows that you have to pack out what you pack in and your dog's doo-doo is no exception. With a 100% leak-proof guarantee and odor-blocking lavender scent, these little gift bags really help to take the grossness out of the dirty work. Plus, all of the packaging and roll cores are made from recycled materials and the bags themselves break-down quickly to reduce the carbon paw-print you leave behind.
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