Gear Up and Hit the Trail With Your Canine Companion
By Author Name
Apr 24, 2019
Updated Nov 17, 2023
5 min read
Going on a long or even overnight hike with your dog can be a rewarding experience that brings you and your canine companion closer together. But it’s good to be prepared with the right gear to get the job done and make your trek as smooth as possible. So instead of scrambling at the last minute, throwing some kibble into a zip-lock bag and hoping you have all the necessities, let’s take a minute to go through what you’ll need.
A dog’s gotta eat and drink, right? Keep in mind that large dogs can drink 0.5 to 1.0 ounces of water per pound per day while dogs 20 pounds and lighter will be closer to 1.5 ounces per pound per day. Thankfully, these lightweight silicone bowls are perfect for food and water — plus they flatten down to take up very little space. The ability to clip these on anywhere also offers a heck of a lot of options when packing up your gear.
Chances are, most places you’ll go will require you to have your pup on a leash. And even if it’s not a law, it’s a good idea to keep your dog closeby so the two of you won’t get separated. This particular leash is super durable, reflective for nighttime adventures and comes with a built-in, handy-dandy carabiner. Who could ask for more?
It’s time for your furbaby to pull their own weight! There are all sorts of wonderful backpacks for dogs nowadays, and this model comes in three sizes to fit all. Have them carry their own food, bowl, doggy bags (be sure to pick up what your pup leaves behind) and maybe even water if it’s not too heavy. Aside from the fact that your dog will look adorable, these packs also take a load off your back.
If you’re going out in nature, you can count on your pet finding something muddy or wet. And that’s OK! You’ll be prepared with a towel just for their muddy little paws. No one wants their tent and gear all dirty just because someone had to explore every inch of that puddle.
No one wants to imagine losing their best friend after the sun goes down — and with a clip-on collar light, you won’t have to give it a second thought. If your dog is off the leash, you can still keep tabs on them no matter how dark it gets. Just make sure you come prepared with a fresh battery so it stays as bright as your pup’s silly smile.
Depending on the season, location and your dog’s breed, you may want to consider a coat for your furry friend. It adds a layer of heat retention and water resistance if the weather starts to turn on you, and it makes them look just so darn cute.
There’s nothing better than sleeping like a baby after a full day of hiking, but that might be kind of difficult if you have to share your bed with a dog. Give yourself some space and bring your pup an easily transportable bed of their own so you can both get enough rest for the next day of adventure.
Tell us all about your adventures with your dog and what’s been a lifesaver out on the trail — we want to hear in the comments below!