Dog Camping and Hiking Supplies – Preparing Your Pet for the Wild

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A dog is known “as man’s best friend” for good reason. With a pet at your side, your life is a lot more enjoyable. You can play and run with them. Sometimes it is wonderful to bring one along when venturing into the wilderness. That is why you should know of dog camping and hiking supplies for your pet.

Ruff Wear Grip Trex Boots


Sizes: 2″, 2.25″, 2.5″, 2.75″, 3″, 3.25″
Colors: red, black, blue
Price: $74.95General Overview

Dogs like to get down and dirty when hiking through the wild, so be sure to get them something that will protect their feet. Nothing is worse than seeing your best friend come back with a torn paw. With these, you can tackle any terrain. It is designed to provide plenty of traction and flexibility.

Helpful Tips

When putting them on your dog, check it after fifteen minutes of use to ensure it is on properly. You also have to remember that your dog’s toes spread apart when walking, so it may seem like a loose fit when putting them on initially. Follow Ruff Wear’s guidelines for choosing the proper paw boots for your dog.

Online Reviews

Online, they average 4.2 stars out of 109 reviewers, making it a well reviewed product. The most common issue was sizing. You have to make sure you get the correct sized paw shoe for your dog. Many also said that you have to be careful if your dog has dew claws. The paw boots have a tendency to run up and hit the dew claws if they are close.

Globe Pequot Press Hiking and Backpacking With Dogs


Pages: 128
Publisher: Globe Pequot Press, 2014
Price: $12.95

General Overview

In this book, you will get a detailed look at the 40 best dog friendly hiking trails in Northern California. You will also find information on dog preparation and packing for when you hit the trail. With my own pets, I want to keep them safe and make sure they get the best, so it helps to have all the knowledge I need at hand.

The author of the book, Linda Mullaly, is a freelance writer and a travel columnist for Dog Fancy Magazine, so you can rest easy knowing she put a lot of careful thought into it.

Online Reviews

Online, there are no rankings yet of the book. As more people pick up the book, you can be sure to expect more reviews. From reading a bit of it though, I can tell you that it is well written and thorough.

Ruff Wear Quencher Bowl


Sizes: small, medium, large
Colors: pacific blue, forest green, purple dusk
Price: $14.95

General Overview

With this easy collapse dog bowl, you can be sure that your dog won’t be drinking water from a stream. For you, it is easy to stuff into your pack, weighing less than a half a pound. It is durable, resilient, and long-lasting, holding up to the challenges you will surely throw at it.

Online Ratings

Online, it averages 4.6 stars out of 64 reviews, making it a well reviewed product with plenty of customer use. Customers enjoyed its durability and ability to hold up to wear. Some customers were caught off guard by bowl size, so you have to be very particular when choosing a bowl size.

Ruff Wear Palisades Pack


Dimensions: 15 x 10 x 9 inches
Sizes (based on girth): small (22-27 inches/56-69 cm), medium (27-32 inches/69-81 cm), large (32-42 inches/81-107 cm)
Weight: 1.75 lb (0.8 kg) / 610in³ (10 L), 1.85 lb (0.84 kg) / 793in³ (14 L), 2.15 lb (0.98 kg) / 1098in³ (19 L)
Collapseable hydration bottles: Yes, 2 of them
Price: $149.95

General Overview

It is quite a lot of fun to go backpacking with your dog, so be sure to get him or her a pack to take part in the fun. In one of these, you can store kibbles, treats, water, food, medicine, and anything else you can think of for your pooch. It is designed for comfort and durability.

The pack will take the rigors your dog will put it through. It includes removable saddlebags, hydration bottles, and padded handles. All of these benefits culminate into a high quality pack. Its biggest downside, though, is the cost, but this is a lifetime pack. You can use it over and over again.

Helpful Tips

If this is your dog’s first time wearing a pack, then you do not want it to carry more than 25% of its body weight. Start your dog light and then add more weight as time goes on. You do not want to overload your dog the first time it wears this pack.

Online Reviews

Online, this pack averages 4.6 stars out of 123 votes, so you can rest easy knowing that it is a well reviewed product. The most negative review commented on its stitching; it broke because their dog was very active. In my opinion, this is an anomaly in a sea of positive reviews. Many of the users were happy that they spent the extra money.

GoPro Fetch Dog Harness


Color: black
Fitting weight range: 15-120 lbs
Price: $39.95

General Overview

With this harness on your dog, you can get a first person video of what your dog sees. Watch as they jump to catch a frisbee or run through the grass. You can make a wonderful video for friends and family to see. Choose to put the camera on the chest or top of the back. If you get this harness, you never know what you will get on video

Online Reviews

Online, this product does not have any reviews yet, but the company making this product, Glorich, carries tens of other products that have rankings over 4 stars. You can be sure that they would not be marketing this product without knowing it was worth their time.

Ruff Wear Dirtbag Seat Cover


Dimensions: 55 x 63 inches/140 x 159 cm
Color: granite gray
Weight: 1.5 lbs
Price: $79.95

General Overview

As much as I love my pets, I do not want them to get my car dirty and I imagine you feel the same way. With this seat cover, you can drive easy knowing that your leather is not being scratched up. It is waterproof, durable, comfortable, polyester, fitting most vehicles. It includes small pockets to store treats and kibble.

Whether it is moisture, mud, dirt, snow, or brush, you can rest easy knowing that your seat will be clean afterwards. When not in use, it can easily be stowed in its own integrated system. Even if you are sitting in the back, you can pull it up, so you and your dog are both comfortable.

Online Reviews

Online, this averages 4.3 stars out of 40 reviews, not the most amount of reviews, but not the least either. The biggest complaint was the sizing. Because it is a one size fits all, it can be an issue for cars that are extremely large or quite small. Otherwise, most were happy with the splurge on price.

Mountainsmith K-9 Pack


Sizes: small, medium
Fabric: nylon
Price: $64.95

General Overview

If you are looking for an inexpensive dog pack to consider, then you might want to think about this one. This dog pack is based on 30 years of careful research by Mountainsmith. By studying dogs, they have created the most “dogmatically” favorable design.

It includes four adjustable harnesses with plenty of padding for comfort. It is even “vet approved,” making it a favorite among pet owners. The strapping is made of nylon, so it is very durable, holding up to wear and tear you may encounter.

Online Reviews

Online, it averages 4.5 stars out of 144 reviews, making it a highly rated product. The biggest complaint was about weight distribution. It is a minor design issue. Overall though, it has left many customers very satisfied. Many recommended to not go cheap when selecting a dog pack.

Shelter Cloth Dog Coat


Color: green
Sizes: small (13-1/2″), medium (17″), large (20-1/2″)
Weight: 1 lbs
Material: wool
Water repellant: yes
Price: $75.00

General Overview

If you are looking to keep your dog warm, then this is a wonderful option to consider. Around the neck, you will find double sueded moleskin, so your dog will be quite comfortable. Because of the over sized velcro, there is plenty of flexibility to adjust.

Online Reviews

Online, it ranks 4.6 stars out of a total of 7 reviews, so it is not too well reviewed. Most, though, have been positive. The reviews do not go into too much depth. The biggest complaint was about the structure of it. Otherwise, customers were satisfied with the dog coat.

Mountainsmith K-9 Backbowl


Color: red
Flattened dimensions: 11 x 11 inches
Bowl dimensions: 6.5 x 6.5 x 2.75 inches
Volume: 1.3 quarts/1.25 L
Weight: 2.5 Oz/.07 kg
Material: nylon
Price: $14.95

General Overview

If you are looking for a back bowl to feed your dog kibble or water, then consider this one. You can roll it, fold it, and pack it with ease. The nylon base lends it durability and resiliency, making for an excellent bowl.

Online Reviews

Online, it averages 5 stars, but only out of 3 reviews. Then again, you do not need too many reviews for a dog bowl. It either does its job or it does not. The customers reviewing the product were quite satisfied. Many commented on their favored view of mountainsmith as a brand.

Base Gear Chuck-It Ultra


Length: 25 inches
Price: $15.99

General Overview

My arm gets tired after throwing after a while, so it helps to have something to pick up the slack. This does just the trick. With it in hand, you will never have to pick up a slobbery ball again. The handle is designed for comfort and control. You can even make your dog run further. It throws tennis ball three times as far as you ordinarily would.

Helpful Tips

When throwing the ball for the first time, be careful because it will throw the ball very far. It can be quite unexpected to see the ball get flung a quarter mile down the road.

Online Reviews

Online, it averages 4.6 stars out of 271 reviews, making it a well reviewed and highly favored product. The biggest complaint was about the handle. It is a minor complaint. Otherwise, it is well liked by those who purchase it.

Ruff Wear Quencher Cinch Top


Sizes: medium, large
Colors: forest green, pacific blue, purple dusk
Weight: 2.4 Oz (medium), 3.2 Oz (large)
Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.9 x 3.7 inches (medium), 8.1 x 8.1 x 4.5 inches (large)
Volume: 1.1 qt/1 L (medium), 2.6 qt/2.5 L (large)
Price: $19.95

General Overview

If you want a dog bowl that cinches up on command, then this one to consider. Unlike other dog bowls, you can close it up, so your dog will not be able to eat from it. The bowl is lightweight, portable, water resistant, and durable. It includes a reflective trim, so your dog will be able to see it even when it is dark outside.

Online Reviews

Online, it averages 4.4 stars out of 38 reviews, making it a well considered product. People enjoyed the well-thought-out design and the durability. Customers found it to be a great product for its price.

Ruffwear Mt. Bachelor Pad Overcast


Sizes: medium, large
Colors: overcast blue
Dimensions: 33.9 x 26.8 x 1 inches (medium), 48 x 36 x 1 inches (large)
Weight: 1.6 lbs (medium), 2.9 lbs (large)
Fabric: polyester
Waterproof: yes
Price: $69.95-$89.95

General Overview

If you are looking for a durable, resilient, and comfortable pad for your dog to sit on, then look no further. It is compact and portable, making transportation of it easy. When your dog lies on it, the pad will feel like home to your dog even though you may be camping out in the wilderness.

Online Reviews

Online, it averages 4.5 stars out of 14 reviews. It is not the most reviews, but not the least either. The biggest complaint was when washing it. You have to be careful when doing so. Otherwise, customers thought it was excellent for travel and keeping their dogs comfortable.

Adventure Medical Kits Heeler


Price: $10.00

General Overview

If there is something that will sink your heart, it is seeing your dog come back with an injury, so it important to have the medical gear on hand in case the unthinkable happens. With this in your pack, you can be sure that you will be able to take care of your dog.

It includes a 2″ conforming gauze bandage, two 2″ x 3″ sterile non-adherent dressing, two p.a.w.s antibacterial hand wipes, a 1″ elastic bandage self adhering, triple antibiotic ointment, two antiseptic wipes, a triangular bandage, pet first aid manual, splinter picker/tick remover forceps, medication (when giving to animals, only give doses prescribed by veterinarian), and two antihistamine (diphenhydramine 25 mg.).

Online Reviews

Unfortunately, I could not find any online reviews of it, but, for the safety of your pet, it is better to play safe and bring some basic medical equipment. If you care about your dog, then I imagine you care a great deal about its health.

Nite Ize NiteHowl LED Safety Necklace


Colors: red, blue, green
Light distance: 1,000 ft
Dimensions: 12″-27″ x .3″/30.5 cm – 68.5 cm x 7.6 mmdiameter
Flash or glow: both
Price: $11.99

General Overview

At nighttime, it can be difficult to find your dog, so it helps to have them wear a glow in the dark collar. With this around their neck, your dog will always be visible to you even in the darkest of nights. You can set it to flashing or glow mode, making it easy to see your pet. Even in harsh weather, you can rest easy knowing that it is weather resistant.

Online Reviews

Online, it averages 4.6 stars out of 162 reviews, making it a well reviewed product. The biggest complaint was about the battery length, so you have to be remember to turn it off when not in use. Otherwise, it is a well liked favorite among pet owners.

Nite Ize Glowstreak LED Ball


Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches
Weight: 4.8 Oz
Batteries: 2 Lithium metal batteries included
Price: $16.79

General Overview

Spice up your dog’s ball life with this motion activated glow in the dark ball. You will no longer have to worry about losing a ball in the black of night. It is bold and bright. For endless hours of entertainment between you and your best friend, it cannot be beat.

Online Reviews

Online, it averages 3.9 stars out of 237 reviews, making it not the most well-received product on the market but not the least either. The top complaint was about its advertised battery length of twenty hours, but it was really ten. It also needs work when it comes to being able to handle itself in a dog’s mouth. Its longevity will vary based on your dogs jaw strength. Otherwise, it is perfect to play fetch on dark nights.

Final Thoughts

Great! Now you know of a lot of different gear to get your dog. Pick what you need and have fun out there. A dog is wonderful pet to have by your side. You are only on this Earth for a short while with your best friend, so enjoy yourself.

If you have any thoughts, questions, or your own review, please comment below and share it. Otherwise, I hope you make it a great day!

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24 Comments on “Dog Camping and Hiking Supplies – Preparing Your Pet for the Wild”

  1. We are about to get a family dog and I was wondering what kit I was going to need.
    Thanks for all this helpful info Alex. Man that Seat cover will certainly save my car 🙂

    1. It is nice to hear you plan on getting a dog Vince. They are wonderful to have around. In this list, you should find everything that you need for camping and hiking. Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

  2. Hi Alex,
    Your post is very detailed and easy to read, we often go camping and always take our springer spaniel who is very well behaved, the ruffwear quencher bowl is a good idea especially as it collapses, i really do not think it is safe for your dog to drink from streams so this is fantastic.
    I am also loving the dogs palisades pack as that helps out a lot more and yes its nice for your dog to join in.
    Our dogs pads always seem to be sore when we have been on a long walk so thetrex boots would deffo be an option.
    Thank you for sharing these products, she may get some for christmas:)

    1. Hey Sharon! I appreciate the compliment. It is wonderful to hear about your dog. Yes, the dog palisades pack and the others here are great options. Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

  3. Hi Alex! Thanks for posting such an informative post about dog camping and hiking supplies. My dog just turned 1 year old so I’ve been thinking about taking him on more adventurous trips. The two things that stuck out to me on your list were the Base Gear Chuck-It Ultra and
    Nite Ize Glowstreak LED Ball! My dog is a chiweenie so he has what seems like an infinite supply of energy sometimes. Having something that would allow me to throw farther would give him more exercise while sparing my shoulder! With the LED ball, how cool is that? I can’t tell you how many balls I’ve lost at night playing catch.

    Best regards,


    1. Hello Kent,

      I appreciate the compliment. It is nice to hear about your dog. He sounds like a wonderful, energetic friend. Having a glowstreak ball and chuck-it ultra does sound like quite the combination to keep him busy. With balls at night, there is definitely a tendency to lose them. Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!



  4. I need to get some of those shoes for my Labradoodle. We live in an arid area with a lot of ground cactus and other prickly things. My biggest concern is that she will get annoyed and try to take the shoes off. She is quite smart and has chewed leashes completely destroying them and has also hidden the Halty in the cracks of the couch haha. Did you have problems with your dog trying to get the shoes off? How did you overcome that? Also with the backpack. I could see my dog laying down and refusing to walk or protesting if she couldn’t get it off. That happened with the life jacket.

    1. Hello Gord, it is nice to hear about your Labradoodle. She sounds like quite a nice friend and a very smart one. For desert areas like yours, it is important to protect your dog’s feet.

      Your concern is an important one. When putting on the shoes or the backpack, it would be worthwhile to give her a treat after putting it on her. She would associate the gear with a positive reward. Thank you for your questions and I hope you make it a great day!

  5. I enjoyed your article and products for our dogs to enjoy the outdoors with us and the family, I know my dog loves to spend time with me where ever I might be.

    I am impressed with the products you shared, I must admit many of them I had never thought of before reading your article.

    I worry about my dog getting ticks when outdoors with me in wooded areas, you might be able to recommend the best protection for ticks for my dog ?

    1. I appreciate the compliment Jeffrey. I am sure your dog loves you. In the medical kit listed in the article, it includes forceps to remove ticks. If you are looking for something that is preventative, then I would encourage you to consider checking these out. They can be more expensive than a pair of forceps, but will work will. 

      Thank you for your question and I hope you make it a great day!

  6. This is a very timely article. We have just got a golden retriever and were planning for a hiking trip to the mountains over the weekend. Being the first dog pet at home we were completely clueless but I guess now we have some knowledge of what to look for. Off to the shopping trips now.

    1. It is nice to hear about your dog Deepika. Your golden retriever sounds like quite a nice friend to have. When owning a pet, it is important to be knowledgeable about them for your pet’s safety. Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

  7. An informative guideline, I have never thought a dog also needs a hiking kit. Thank you for opening my eyes to it. I really need to care about my pet dog’s welfare.

    1. You are right Kalis. Your dog does need to come prepared to the outdoors. I appreciate the compliment. Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

    1. Yes Savita, a dog can take up quite a lot of room, so a seat cover sounds like a good option for your situation. Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

  8. There sure are some neat products here. I like the idea of the shoes for dogs. I have had my dogs up mountains and walking on sharp rocks. You can tell when they have sore feet. It is way worse when they get so bad they bleed. Very cool. Hopefully my dogs will wear them without too much grief.

    1. Yes Jason, dog shoes help quite a lot. With a pair on your dog’s feet, you will not have to worry about their paws ever again. Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

  9. I think Globe Pequot Press Hiking and Backpacking can help me with the best dog friendly hiking trails in Northern California. Since there is not a good source online, I can also have a look at the dog preparation section.

    1. Hey Furkan, with the book, you can find out a lot. You will have a guide to help you even if you are on the trail. Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

  10. Thanks for this post. We go in the mountains for a month and I wanted to take the dog with me, I know with your help how to prepare it well.

  11. Hi there, I came across your site while looking for protective boots for our furry canine friends. I have a friend whose German Shepard is born with a deformed right paw. The dog is otherwise very healthy and active. We don’t think the dog should be confined because of his defect, but we are thinking of getting some good quality boots so that he can also enjoy the great outdoor.

    I am glad to come across the paw sizing chart here. Since the dog’s defect is actually on the paw, it gives us something to think about.

    So, thanks for the info, Alex.

    1. Welcome to My Camping and Hiking Tips Cathy. For your friend’s German Shepard, you do want to put boots on it as that will protect the dog’s precious paws. The paw sizing chart will help you figure out the correct size the Shepard needs.

      Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

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