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As any dog owner knows, we treat them less like pets and more like children. Even if it means packing them (and all of their gear) up for the next big adventure. If you’re considering a trip in the great outdoors, you may want to invest in a few essentials first. We’ve rounded up 15 camping essentials for dogs that you’ll want to make sure you have for your travel buddy.

Thanks to the wonderful world of Amazon and their quick shipping, you’ll be off in no time!

(As an Amazon Affiliate, Tread earns from qualifying purchases, at no cost to you! Don’t worry, shop on.)

1. SEAT COVER

Sometimes we only focus on the destination, but getting there is just as important! Travel in style and comfort while protecting your back seat from pet-related damage with this waterproof and non-slip seat cover.

black quilted backseat cover for dogs // tread magazine

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2. COLLAPSIBLE FOOD & WATER BOWLS

These collapsible food and water bowls come in a four-pack with different color options (because who doesn’t want to change things up every now and then?) and are easy to clean, carry, and store. Carabiners included.

(If you’re worried about size, I have these for my GSD x Aussie mix and they are PERFECT.)

collapsible food and water bowls in camping essentials for dogs // tread magazine

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3. LED COLLAR

Convenient and cool. These light-up collars will help your dog stand out in the dark (and the crowd).

light-up outdoor led dog collar in camping essentials for dogs // tread magazine

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4. BOOTIES

Waterproof and reflective, these dog booties are perfect for hiking on rugged terrain or for protection around your campsite. Plus, they’re cute.

reflective, non-slip outdoor dog booties in camping essentials for dogs // tread magazine

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5. HIKING BACKPACK

Camping and outdoor gear can be a lot to carry—now your pup can help! This durable and water-resistant doggie backpack is great for hiking, camping and trail walks. You’ll be blazin’ trails (or tails) in no time.

dog camping and hiking backpack in camping essentials for dogs // tread magazine

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6. PET FIRST-AID KIT

Chances are you have one of these for yourself but have you thought about getting one for your dog? This may just be one of the most important camping essentials for dogs. This 100-piece pet first-aid kit has everything from bandages and wound dressings to a tick-removal kit and an emergency collar. Voila! Instant peace of mind for you and your pooch.

pet first aid kit in camping essentials for dogs // tread magazine

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7. HANDS-FREE LEASH

Fun camping activities like hiking and running just got easier! Next time you go on an adventure with your pup, take them along on this hands-free leash. Hint: It’ll go perfectly with their hiking backpack!

hands-free dog leash with waist belt in camping essentials for dogs // tread magazine

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8. TIE-OUT CABLE WITH STAKE

Let your dog roam around your campsite with this tie-out cable. It comes with a stake for the ground, so you can give your furry friend the freedom to explore without being off-leash.

tie-out cable with stake in camping essentials for dogs // tread magazine

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9. ELEVATED BED

Your dog can sleep in style while being just as comfortable as if they were at home on this elevated bed. It’ll keep them off the ground, plus it folds for easy travel. Even better? It comes in different size options, so you can pamper your pup—big or small!

This one is perfect for small to medium-sized dogs. Try this one for larger dogs!

elevated dog bed in camping essentials for dogs

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10. PAW BALM

It protects. It moisturizes. It heals. This paw balm is perfect for keeping your dog’s paws protected when they’re exploring the great outdoors.

musher's secret paw protection balm // tread magazine

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11. PAW CLEANER

Did your pooch have a big day on the trail? Keep their paws clean and mud-free with this easy-to-use paw cleaner. This is definitely on my Amazon wish-list.

DISCLAIMER: You will likely still need to bathe them when you get home!

portable dog paw cleaner in camping essentials for dogs // tread magazine

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12. PET WASTE  BAGS

‘Nuf said. Plus they’re environmentally friendly. Get them here.

eco-friendly pet waste bags in camping essentials for dogs // tread magazine

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13. DOG GOGGLES

Have you ever seen a dog in goggles? If not, I’d highly suggest looking it up. These bad boys can protect your dog’s eyes from (mostly) anything nature can throw their way. Check these out if you have a small dog. If you have a medium to large dog, try these!

protection dog goggles // tread magazine

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14. JACKET

If you’re camping in a cooler climate, you may want to consider a jacket for your pup. This waterproof, reflective and fleece-lined coat is just what your dog needs.

fleece-lined coat for dogs in camping essentials for dogs // tread magazine

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15. TRAVEL BAG

For all of my efficient packers out there—this pet travel bag comes with two containers for food or treats, two collapsible bowls, and plenty of space to store other toys and/or gear. Definitely a must-have.

travel bag for pets in camping essentials for dogs // tread magazine

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There ya have it. Consider these 15 camping essentials for dogs when prepping for your next adventure. Where will you go?

For more about outdoor gear, be sure to check out this article on the best sleeping bags for cold weather or this guide to overland storage containers.

 

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