They track mud and dirt into the tent, occasionally almost capsize the canoe, and bark at every critter they come across… but camping trips just wouldn’t be the same without our canine companions. Whether you’re taking your dog camping for the first time, or want to upgrade your dog’s gear closet, take a look at our picks of the best dog camping gear below.
It’s all about safety, comfort and ease when it comes to these awesome pieces of equipment.
Keep track of your gear hound at night with the NiteDawg LED collar by NiteIze. The bright LED illuminates along its entire length for high visibility up to 1,000 feet away. Have a swimmer on your hands? The NiteDawg is water resistant for salty dogs that love to jump in the lake anytime of day. Adjustable and its 100-hour battery is easy to replace.
Your pup loves the freedom of the trail as much as you, so this kit has comprehensive first aid solutions to keep both of you safe on all your adventures together. You’ll find all the essentials you’ll both need for a one- to four-day trip in the Me & My Dog Kit (pictured), but if you prefer to travel light, opt for the far more compact Heeler kit ($10) for day-trip bare necessities.
Reward your best bud after a long day of adventuring by letting sleeping dogs lie on Kurgo’s ultra-cushy Loft Wander Dog Bed. As perfect for the car or home as it is for the campsite, this travel doggie bed is a cozy place for your snooze hound to sleep it off. The Loft Wander Dog Bed’s waterproof and non-slip bottom makes it perfect for sand and dewy grass, but if soaked it would take a while to dry. The Wanderbed rolls up like a sleeping bag and has a built-in carrying handle.
This slick and award-winning travel bowl collapses to barely an inch-thick disc when not in use. It springs back into a voluminous shape with enough kibble room to satiate even the biggest mutt. And it’s not just dogs that love the Collaps-A-Bowl—we came across a few online raves from parents who bought them as snack bowls for their kids.
BARKERBAG BY BARKERBAG
Your dog’s adventurous life might be about to get a little more luxurious. The BarkerBag is a zip-on extension for your mummy bag that accommodates dogs up to 70 pounds. A built-in cinchable collar helps keep your canine in place all night, putting a muzzle on midnight tent prowls. The best part? Not only does Fido stay warm, so do your feet.
This high-flotation neoprene life jacket is a must-have for dogs on canoe trips and any woofer spending lots of time in the water. The flexible design of the Pup Saver means mobility remains unencumbered, while Mom and Dad can keep a closer eye thanks to high viz colors. A durable back handle offers easy rescue and restraint.
A gold standard among dog owners for more than three decades, stuff treats into your dog’s Kong toy and you’ll keep them out of trouble so you can set up camp or tend to dinner.
Sea dog in training. | Photo: Hannah Griffin