Along with the essentials—ID collar, tag and poop bags—here are items to make outdoor excursions with your dog even better.
- Back Packs. Back packs store everything your dog needs for outdoors. Dogs love back packs, especially ones that are form fitting and better load carrying. Start with a light load and work up to a heavier load as your dog gets accustomed to wearing a pack. Make sure your dog carries no more than 25% of its body weight in the pack. The ‘Canine Equipment Ultimate Trail Pack’ is one example of a comfortable, secure product with a fully adjustable dual pannier.
- First Aid Kit. For basic care of minor injuries, choose a kit that fits easily into a knapsack or clips to your dog’s leash. We like the ‘Canine Equipment Pocket First Aid Kit’.
- Travel Dog Bed. What dog doesn’t love overnight trips? An on-the-go resting place will keep him comfortable throughout your travels. Look for a bed with easy-to-clean, waterproof fabric and a loft at least 1 inch thick. Measure the space your dog takes up snoozing to make sure the bed has enough wiggle room. The ‘Kurgo Loft Wander Dog Bed’ is popular with its non-slip, waterproof bottom and roll-up design.
- Hands Free Leash System. A system makes hiking or jogging easier. The ‘Outward Hound Hands Free Hipster’ features a 5 foot leash with zippered pockets and a water bottle holder on the waist band.
- Travel Bowl. Travel bowls are perfect for meals or drinking water. Look for a compact, pop-up design made from nontoxic and durable silicone, yet is flexible enough to collapse and fit in any bag.