The Best Dog Hiking Gear for This Summer’s Adventures
There’s no leaving the doggo home this summer. Whether it’s running over trails, paddling on the lake, or sleeping under the stars, there’s more adventure pet products on the market than ever before. Retailers have realized our furry friends want to hit the trails, too, launching a litany of dog hiking gear (and paddling/camping gear) to keep them happy and safe. We’re not complaining—and neither is Fido.
So pack the “good boy” or “good girl” treats for happy tails and happy trails. No matter where your next adventure takes you and your companion, here’s the best pet adventure gear to bring with.
Hiking pet gear
Arcadia Trail, 2-in-1 Travel Water Bottle — $20.00
No matter what adventure you’re embarking on, hydration is key for both you and your pet.
This lightweight stainless-steel bottle from Arcadia Trail comes with an attached silicone flip bowl for easy drinkability and less spillage. Simply flip the bowl and press the button at the top to fill it with water. A release button allows you to pour water into bowl, while every camper and climber’s favorite accessory—a carabiner—allows you to attach the bottle to your backpack, belt loop, etc. Pairs well with easy packable and transportable Arcadia Trail’s Collapsible Travel Bowl (plus another carabiner for your collection!)
REI, Adventure Medical Kits ADS Trail Dog First Aid Kit — $28.00
Better to always be safe than sorry. The Adventure Medical Kits ADS Trail Dog first aid kit gives you comprehensive dog-specific medical solutions for your trail buddy. Kit items are made for the injuries dogs encounter most on the trail, primarily to their paws. Find dressings, bandages, and tools like the splinter picker/tick remover to remove ticks, thorns, or those pesky fox tails.
Ruffwear, Grip Trex Boots — $39.00
For the four-legged friends who give their active humans a run for their money, Ruffwear’s Grip Trex dog boots help protect paws from extreme environments hiking, biking, running and exploring the great outdoors. Make sure Fido can go the distance with these rugged and resilient booties, tightly woven with air mesh that is breathable while also keeping dirt and debris out. Meanwhile, the Vibram® nonmarking outsoles feature a lug design for flexible traction on varied terrain and reflective trim is added for visibility for after-dark adventures.
Timbuk2, Muttmover Luxe Backpack — $149.00
Recently overhauled and modernized, the Muttmover Luxe is a fresh update to Timbuk2’s wildly popular small pup pack. The new silhouette is deeper and designed to optimize the functionality and well-being of both you and your pet (max. pup weight of 20 lbs.), including adjustable and removable sternum and waist straps for extra support for those longer treks. Worth noting, the interior ripstop nylon fabric is easy to wipe clean from dirty paws, while the exterior boasts multiple pockets for your iPad, a book, wallet, keys, and your pet’s necessities.
United By Blue, Dog Waste Dispenser Bag — $24.00
Like a tiny backpack for your pup, this convenient and cute little carrier is just big enough to also fit a tennis ball or small toy. It has a zipper compartment for treats, a rubber dispenser for waste bags and a handy back loop for hands-free attachment. Crafted from durable recycled polyester, this bag should last you and your pal years of adventures together.
Target, Pet Genius Backpack Carrier — $100.00
Whether you’ve got an adventure-seeking feline or canine, Pet Genius’ Backpack Carrier fits all cats and most small medium dogs. Your pet will have your back on long-footed trips while the back and shoulder straps are equipped with extra thick padding for more comfort. Highly ventilated and made with high-quality, pet-safe materials, your new favorite backpack is waterproof, easy to clean, and allows your pet to see Mother Nature as you experience her yourself.
Paddling pet gear
Petco x Backcountry, The Flotation Dog Vest — $50.00
Fun fact: Not all pets instinctively know how to swim, so introducing your dog to the water gradually—especially if they’re the type to dive right in and panic—is your safest bet. And using a flotation vest is an even safer way to go.
Like the tight-knit duo of Scooby and Shaggy, Petco and Backcountry recently announced a new collaboration, launching cool outdoor gear for both dog and owner, like this flotation dog vest. It’s comfortable and customizable for different sized pups, complete with a handle that makes retrieval out of the water easy. Other features include reflective straps and piping for visibility in low light conditions, and multi-adjustable clips that allow for a secure fit.
REI, Seattle Sports SUP Dog Board Pad — $40.00
Give your furry-faced comrade a front-row seat to all the paddling action this summer. The Seattle Sports SUP Dog Board Pad adds a frontal cushion for your dog while protecting your board against unwanted dings, dents, and paw scratches. The 3mm thick EVA foam pad has a semipermanent peel-and-stick adhesive backing and cuts easily, so you can customize it to the shape of your SUP.
Ruffwear, Dirtbag Drying Towel — $90.00
Post-adventure, grab this fast-absorbent coat/towel for drying your dirty dawg and shielding your car or home from the remnants of exploring in wet or muddy conditions. The Dirtbag uses a two-sided approach with one side acting as a quick-dry microfiber towel that soaks up moisture, mud, and sand, and the other, a waterproof shell to keep it all contained. Combined, it’s a cute little coat to parade around the trailhead in.
Burt’s Bees, Care Plus+ Paw and Nose Relieving Dog Lotion — $9.00
It’s bound to happen as the dog days of summer approach and you’ve ticked loads of adventures off the list: Your pup may likely need a self-care day, just like we do. Instead of giving them a facial, rub on some Burt’s Bees. This natural lotion, made specially for dogs’ pH balance and skin needs, helps with dry, cracked, or irritated noses or paw pads. Chamomile and rosemary flower extract work together to provide much-needed relief.
Camping pet gear
Arcadia Trail, Elevated Canopy Cot with Water-Resistant Roll-Down Sunshade — $100.00
The name pretty much says it all—your cat or dog (up to 150 lbs) will be glamping it up on this Canopy Cot by Arcadia Trail. When you both need a little R&R after a grueling hike or climb, let them relax on this cot, where a roll-down sunshade blocks the harsh UV rays and provides the perfect place for them to find cool comfort outdoors. Best part is it’s totally packable to easily transport with all your other camping or travel gear.
Pendleton, National Park Comfort Cushion Pillow Dog Bed — $94.00
Whether you’re ruffing it, van life-ing, or couch surfing, this compact, lightweight bed is a comfortable and portable way to give your puppy pal a good night’s rest on the go. The non-pill polar fleece top will keep your best friend warm on chilly nights, while the reverse side is made of cotton canvas quilting that will keep them cool on warmer days. Not to mention, Pendleton’s classic National Park patterns will coincide with your natural surroundings.
Target, Boots & Barkley Dog Food Container — $17.00
It’s the little things that we sometimes forget about when gearing up for a big trip. Don’t forget your dog or cat’s fuel, and have it tidy and ready in the trunk for when it’s time to post up by the campfire and chow down.
This medium-sized pet food storage container holds up to 20 pounds of dog food and features an attached lid with a snap closure that shuts out humidity, helping keep food fresh and free from pests. Boots & Barkley’s food container also features an integrated scoop holder on the inside of the lid, so you never have to search for a scooper.
Give A Sh!t, Waste Bags — $12.00
Not the most glorious of products to purchase, but pet owners and planet lovers alike will be pleased to have Give A Sh!t’s waste bags (sourced from botanical plant components) on hand. Eco-friendly, earth-friendly, leakproof and odorless—what more could you ask for.
Kurgo, Wander Hammock Car Seat Cover — $56.00
If the doggos could also contribute top-rated reviews on Amazon along with their owners, they would. Kurgo’s Hammock-Style Car Seat Cover is a godsend for those who’d prefer not to have wet, muddy paws destroy their backseat. Offered in a multitude of colors and fabrics, and water-resistant no matter which option you go with, Kurgo saves the day (and car camping trip) by keeping stains at bay while also blocking your pup from jumping to the front seat for a better view.
United By Blue, Organic Dog Days Bandana — $18.00
Complete your canine’s hiking outfit with a hipster neck bandana from United By Blue. The 100 percent cotton and “Dog Days” print is the paw-fect accessory for days out in the wild—whether trailing fast behind as you hit some mountain bike trails or leading the way back to camp.
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