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Must-haves for camping with your dog

Outdoor gear for your favorite pal.
Outdoor gear for your favorite pal. (Annie Theby via Unsplash/)

Something that will always make you smile? Watching the dog that always has your back enjoying time in the woods. But while you remembered your tent, sleeping bag, stove, and other gear, did you think of what he or she needed? Don’t worry, we have you (or your dog, rather) covered. From an outdoor bed to a first aid kit, don’t leave home without these must-haves.

Plan for the worst.
Plan for the worst. (Amazon/)

No one wants to think about our furry friends breaking legs, tearing ligaments, or gouging skin, but it happens. Any veterinarian can offer horror stories of backcountry adventures gone wrong. Fortunately, you can be prepared. This kit contains everything you need to remove splinters and ticks, reduce swelling from sprains and strains, wrap injuries with bandages that don’t stick to fur, and medicate to relieve pain and allergies. The kit weighs less than 1.5 pounds.

Sleep well.
Sleep well. (Amazon/)

Your dog may be tough in the field, but when night falls, and they’re curled in a ball on the cold ground, offer he or she someplace warm to sleep. This bed is packable, durable and perfect for the backcountry. It weighs less than 13 ounces and is water-resistant and quick-drying. Side bonus: When you bring Fido a bed, he won’t want to sleep on your sleeping bag.

Let them carry their food.
Let them carry their food. (Amazon/)

Don’t catch yourself skimping on food for your dog on a backpacking trip because you don’t want to carry more weight. Fill this pack with your pup’s food, bowls, and other essentials and let them do the work for you. It has reflective trim to help you see them in low light, and pads for added comfort. It comes in a variety of sizes and colors, including blaze orange for hunting season. It also has a harness to allow you to carry Fido over logs or boulders.

Never risk dehydration.
Never risk dehydration. (Amazon/)

This dog bowl weighs next to nothing and collapses to fit anywhere. Some dogs may drink straight from water bottles, but most won’t, and it’s not necessarily the most sanitary for you. Don’t be stuck on a trail pouring your precious water into your hands for your furry friend to drink.

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