Before you hit the trails with Fido, make sure you have all of the dog camping accessories you need!
Not sure exactly what to bring?
No problem, I’ve got you covered!
Read on for a complete list of dog camping accessories, along with our picks for the top brands in each category!
Dog Camping Gear List
Let’s start with the basics, shall we? Below you’ll find “quick and dirty” lists of dog camping must-haves as well as “nice to haves.”
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Dog Camping Gear Must-Haves
Yes, some of these are blatantly obvious and seem silly to include, but I’m adding them anyway!
You’d be surprised by how easy it is to forget the basics when you’re packing for a trip.
- Food and an airtight storage container
- Enough water for Fido
- Collapsible water bowls
- Collar and ID tag
- Leash with reflective strips
- A long “tie out” lead and a stake to secure it into the ground
- Dog crate (if he regularly uses one)
- Outdoor dog bed, sleeping bag or comfy blanket
- Plastic tarp to put the bed on
- Complete dog first aid kit
- Chews to keep him busy during down times
- Poop scoop and bags
- Pop-up shelter or dog camping tent
- Dog life jacket (if he’ll be swimming)
- Towels for drying him off
- Bristle brush (great for removing dust, dirt, and dander before bed)
Nice-to-Have Dog Camping Accessories
Sure, you can have a successful camping trip with your dog without these items below, but they sure do make things easier!
- Interactive toys
- Frisbee or balls for fetch
- Dog camping chair
- Dog backpack or hiking pack (to put on the dog)
- Backpack-style carrier (to put your dog in)
- Dog coat
- LED collar cover
- Dog boots for hiking on rough terrain
- GoPro camera and dog mount
- Dog GPS tracking device
Now that you know what types of gear you’ll need (or want), let’s check out some recommendations!
Recommended Dog Camping Accessories
Below you’ll find my top 3 recommendations for the must-have dog camping gear items as well as for some of the things on the “nice to have” list!
I’m not going to cover every last item on the lists because some are super self-explanatory (toys and balls) while others can just be generic (like poop bags)
Check out the tables in each section for a quick look, then read on for quick pros and cons. Finally, use the detailed product box to discover all of the features.
Collapsible Food & Water Bowls
As you shop for collapsible food and water bowls for your dog, pay close attention to the sizes!
You don’t want to get a teeny bowl for your giant Great Dane, after all! Read on for my top 3 picks.
1. Awakelion Collapsible Dog Bowl
I love this one because it’s easy to throw into even the tiniest backpack! Check out the pros and cons.
- It’s large enough even for giant breeds
- Eco-friendly materials
- Since it’s fabric, it’s super easy to shove into a jam-packed backpack
- Doesn’t dry as quickly as silicone
- Some customers say straps aren’t that sturdy
- Fabric is prone to tearing
- DESIGNED FOR DOG TRAVEL: Collapsable, clean easily and dries fast.Ideal bowls for providing an easy way to give your dog food and water while on the go.Different colors are designed to be easy to distinguish (not for long term water storage).
- LARGE CAPACITY: Size 7 inch (w) x 7 inch (l) x 5 inch deep, having capacity 2000 ML water/ 1KG food, big enough for medium / large Dog.Perfect for all dogs.
- ECO-FRIENDLY & NON TOXIC: made of food safe materials to ensure your pet's safety.grease-resistant fabric in order to keep your dog's food fresh in the great outdoors.
- WATERPROOF: Made of 900d oxford cloth, Waterproof fabric interior holds water very well and ensures no leaks. Great for pet feeding and watering during a travel.Lightweight and easy to store in your pocket or backpack.Easy to clean and dry fast.
- FUNCTIONAL ELASTIC STRAPS : Never loose your travel bowls with the handy elastic straps to fold it up or attach the bowls anywhere you need! we stand behind the quality of our products. We guarantee your 100% satisfaction or money back.
2. BLEDS Collapsible Dog Bowl
If you want something sturdier than the fabric bowl, this is a great option!
- Fast-drying food-grade silicone
- Strong materials can take a beating and resist tearing
- They can withstand high temperatures (basically, they won’t melt if you leave them in a hot car)
- Flimsy carabiner can snap off, making the bowls easy to lose
- Somewhat strong silicone odor
- 【PORTABLE & CONVENIENT】: Pop-up bowl for dogs is 5.1 inches diameter, 2.1 inches max height, 0.14lb lightweight, can be carried on dog collar, dog leash, dog travel crate, pocket, convenient for travel or on long hikes with your pup. Please pick the large bowls [ ASIN：B07CNQTCC3] for bulldogs.
- 【FOOD & WATER BOWL】: The hiking water dish for dogs can hold up to 12 oz (350ml) of water or 1.5 cups of dog food. When collapsed, it is only 0.5 inches, making it easy to feed and water your dog on the go, whether hiking, traveling, or even simply going for a walk.
- 【ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY】 : Food Grade silicone dog bowls, odorless, durable, 100% heavy-duty.
- 【REUSABLE & DURABLE】：Dishwasher safe, in order to reduce unnecessary waste, these compact puppy food bowls can be rinsed or wiped clean after each use, and have a great longevity.
- 【QUALITY GUARANTEE PROVIDED】: 12 months warranty, 100% money back guarantee. If you have any questions or problems with our dog travel bowl, please feel free to contact us anytime, we will offer you a 100% satisfaction solution.
3. UPSKY Dog Water Bottle & Bowls
I have a big dog, so this one isn’t quite as practical for me. If you have a smaller pooch, though, it’s highly rated!
- Includes a dual-chamber bottle for both food and water
- Comes with 2 silicone bowls
- Bowls attach to bottle with carabiner clip so they are easy to find in your backpack
- The bottle isn’t really large enough for a big dog’s food
- Customers say that it’s hard to transfer the food into the bowl
- DUA-USE DESIGN: Designed with two chambers in one bottle, one for dry food and the other for water. With two wide-mouth snap lids on the top of cap, easy for dispensing snack or pouring water.
- LEAK-PROOF LID: Locking lids embedded with silicone gaskets which seal the bottles tightly and protect the food from air and water while keeping it fresh. The leak-proof lids prevent liquid from leaking.
- LARGE CAPACITY: 10oz for water and 7oz for food in one bottle, the collapsible dog bowl is 12 oz, enough for outdoor walking, hiking, travelling.
- COME WITH TWO BOWLS: Equipped with two Collapsible silicon bowls and two carabiner clips . It will be the perfect partner for a day trip, outdoor hiking, travelling and even forest adventure.
- AFTER-SALES SERVICE: Please use the lid carefully, they are consumables, easy to be damaged. Please contact us if there is any damage within three months, we will re-send you a new lid for free.
Our top choice
My top choice for this category depends on the size of your dog. If you have a giant-breed go with the first one.
For smaller breeds, I like the last one because it comes with a handy bottle.
However, if you already have a container for food and water, you can’t go wrong with the silicone bowls!
Dog Leads for Camping
Just about every campsite requires you to keep your dog on a leash at all times.
Since you don’t want him stuck glued right to your side the whole time (it’s not fun for you or him!), try one of these long leads.
1. AmazonBasics Tie Out Lead
You’ll find some great dog camping gear on Amazon, including this tie-out leash.
- 3 different sizes for dogs up to 125 pound
- 25-30′ lead, depending on the size you choose
- Lightweight- weighs just 0.9 pounds
- They don’t make one for giant breed dogs
- Some customers complain that their dog eventually chewed through it
- Buckles are prone to rusting
- Tie-out cable for medium-size dogs up to 60 pounds
- Made of rugged steel and PVC for strength and rust-resistant performance
- Durable metal clips ensure quick, easy connections
- Weighs only 0.6 pounds; blue color; do not leave pet unattended when connected to cable
- Measures 25 feet long; backed by an AmazonBasics limited one-year warranty
2. EXPAWLORER Dog Tie Out Cable
While the included stake leaves something to be desired (see the cons) the strong cable more than makes up for it.
- Comes with a tie-out stake
- 30-feet long
- Made of durable cable steel that’s chew-proof
- Only made for dogs up to 60 lbs.
- Handle on the stake is prone to breaking off
- Although it says that it’s 30-feet long, some users say theirs is actually shorter.
- Give your dog room to roam while preventing them from escaping the yard. Not only protect their safety, but also make you feel at ease.
- The stake with a swivel ring to lessen the chances of your dog getting himself into a tangled mess. Perfect for small to medium dogs.
- Comes with bite-resistant, rust-resistant, reflective cable and high quality stake. Plastic handle through stainless steel stake, more comfortable and durable.
- Includes an 16 inch spiral tie out stake and a 30 ft steel cable up to 125 pound. It will give your pet enough space to play.
- The Spiral Stake easily screws in the the soil to anchor the tie out system. Screw it into the ground, attach the collar to the chain.
3. Hi Kiss Recall Training Agility Lead
If you want something that you can use both at home in your agility training and at the campsite, try the Hi Kiss!
- Comes in a multitude of lengths up to 100 feet
- 3 colors, including bright orange, which is perfect for camping
- Made of durable nylon
- While some users say it holds their 200+lb dog, other say it snaps when used with giant breeds, so use caution
- Aggressive chewers can chew right through it
- When left out in the rain, the nylon can weaken and snap
- DIMENSIONS - This dog leash measures 3/4in wide by 30 feet long. Great for hiking, camping, training, hunting, backyard, beach, recall training, outdoor play with tennis balls, and swimming!
- LONG LEASH: This training leash is great for teaching your dog recalls. It has the length needed to allow them to wander and ensure your command to come! is obeyed.
- NYLON TRAINING LEAD - This durable, long, nylon dog training leash will outlast cotton leashes. All stitching is reinforced and the nickel plated clip swivels to resist twisting. Our long dog leash is great for medium and large dogs. You'll love using it as a backyard dog leash, for off leash dog training, and more.
- Allows you to teach your dog recalls and other obedience skills.
- Swivel-style bolt snap resists twisting
I really like the EXPAWLORER because it’s made with cable steel, so it’s a bit more durable.
That said, the cons regarding the stake give me pause. You may want to bring a backup stake just in case.
Dog Camping Tents
The best dog camping tent depends entirely on why you need it in the first place.
For example, if your dog will be sleeping in your tent and you just need something for the daytime, a simple pop-up shelter will work find.
On the other hand, if your dog will be sleeping alone in his tent, you’ll want something that closes up at night.
Check out the table for a quick peek at my top picks, then keep reading for more details.
1. Ruff ‘n Ruffus Portable Foldable Pet Playpen
I love this one because of the playpen style, which helps keep your smaller dog contained (and gives him a chance to get off his lead).
- Comes with a carrying case & collapsible bowl
- Protected seams and reinforced floor mat
- Removable zippered top
- Not ideal for large or giant breeds
- Not chew-proof, especially if you have an aggressive chewer
- Some customers complain that it has a strong odor
- 🐾 SAFE AND SECURE 🐾 Keep your pet comfortable and secure in the Pet Playpen. Reinforced with attached floor mat to ensure your pet's safety. Spacious interior gives your pet room to play.
- 🐾 SUPERIOR DESIGN 🐾 Roomy 8-Panel design with protected seams and reinforced corners. Made from durable water-resistant materials. Removable zippered top can be removed easily removed for indoor use & closed for outdoor use to provide shade. Zippered door provides easy in/out access for your pet. Close the door to keep your pet safely inside.
- 🐾 PORTABLE AND LIGHTWEIGHT 🐾 Great for Indoor and Outdoor use. Lightweight, yet strong makes this ideal for traveling, camping and easy mobility. Comes with convenient carrying case.
- 🐾 NO ASSEMBLY REQUIRED, EASY STORAGE 🐾 Pops up in seconds with no need for any assembly. Folds flat when not in use for easy carrying and storing.
- 🐾 BONUS INCLUDED! 🐾 The Portable Pet Play Pen comes along with a convenient carry case and a collapsible 16 oz. food bowl. Ideal for Travel.
2. G4Free Large Pop Up Tent
As these next two entries will show, you don’t have to go with a dog-specific tent to give Fido a great place to relax and get out of the sun!
If you just need shelter and don’t need to close it up, start with the G4.
- Large enough for 2-4 people (so obviously it’s large enough even for a Great Dane!)
- While it doesn’t zip shut, the front does roll down to give your dog some privacy.
- It’s very wind-resistant thanks to multiple sandbags (4 built-in and 4 extras)
- Doesn’t zip closed, so you can’t really use it as a changing room for yourself.
- It’s a bit of a challenge to assemble.
- Some customers had issues with the poles breaking after a few uses.
- 【Spacious and Comfortable】: The size of the large pop up tent is: 86.6"*74.8"*51.18". Much Bigger than competitors'(other competitors' size is only 43.3'"X 47.2'"). You can put 2-3 sleep bags inside the tent for your kids or family. This beach tent provide a spacious space for 2-4 persons, comfortable and great tent for family outdoor activities.
- 【Excellent Ventilation】: With two large doors and two side mesh windows, the sun shelter maintain a great ventilation effect inside, keeping the fresh air circulating. Besides, you can scroll down the doors, preventing the insects, mosquitoes and the sun's harmful rays when sleeping inside the pop up beach tent. Rolling up for ventilation, down for privacy protection. Two storage pockets for your beach accessories, keeping your stuff from the dirt and sands.
- 【Durable Material & UV Protection】: Made of 190T silver coating waterproof sunscreen polyester, the instant tent block most of the UV rays, enable you to enjoy the breeze when camping at the beach with kids and family without worrying about the sunshine. The sun shade tent is not only durable and Anti UV but also super lightweight at only 4.25 pounds and easily carried to anywhere you want, comes in a convenient handled carrying bag.
- 【Wind Resistant】: This sun shelter comes with 4 extra sandbags, 4 built-in sandbags, 4 wind ropes and 8 tent pegs, which ensure the strong anti wind capacity. Enough sandbags filling with rocks and sands keep the cabana tent steady in the wind. Made of fiberglass frame, solid and safety, making the beach tent stably stand by itself and keep shape after long time use.
- 【Widely Use & Guarantee】: Sun protective, ventilated, windproof and lightweight, the pop up shade tent is a great choice for beach, park, lake, camping, fishing , sporting event or just relaxing in the backyard. If you meet any quality issue about our tent, please contact us and we will give positive solutions within 24 hours, your satisfaction is our target!
3. OutdoorMaster Pop Up Tent
Prefer something that you can close up? This is my favorite outdoor popup tent!
- Raises up in seconds with no assembly required
- Includes a built-in zippered door.
- Lightweight and compact, so it won’t way down your camping pack.
- Pricier than the other options above
- Tent floor is a bit thin, so not ideal for ground with a lot of pokey bits (like twigs, small rocks, etc)
- Some users say that it seemed to absorb heat rather than reflect it.
- POP UP BEACH TENT - Raise in seconds - no assembly required. IMAGINE THE PERFECT DAY at the beach, fully protected with UV SPF 50+ protection.
- PROTECTS FROM SUN, RAIN AND WIND - Lightweight, compact beach tent provides protection from the sun, rain and wind for all outdoor activities.
- STAKES & SAND BAGS FOR EASY FIXTURE - Easy fixture of the tent on all surfaces with the included stakes and built-in sand bags.
- DOUBLES AS PORTABLE CHANGING ROOM - Built-in zippered door. Fun for kids & great privacy screen for adults.
- WHAT YOU GET - OutdoorMaster Pop Up Beach Tent, Tent Carry Bag, OutdoorMaster's 6 months 100% satisfaction guarantee warranty and friendly customer service.
Tough call on which I like best! If you have a small dog, definitely go with the doggie playpen.
For larger breeds, I like the G4Free because it’s made to really withstand windy conditions.
First Aid Kits for Dogs
You’d think that a first aid kit is a first aid kit, but as you’ll see below, some are just better than others for taking on a camping trip!
1. New Market Squared Pet First Aid Kit
- 45 pieces give you everything you need for most minor injuries.
- Designed for both people and dogs, so you can use it too!
- Includes a guide book so you know what to use in any given situation
- No antibiotic cream (this seems to be a trend with first aid kits in general, seriously, why???)
- No cortisone cream either.
That’s pretty much it for the cons! It’s one of those rare items that doesn’t have any 1 or even 2-star reviews.
- HELP YOUR PETS WHEN THEY NEED YOU by carrying a first aid kit for pets with you wherever you go. Immediately attend to injuries until they can be seen by your veterinarian.
- FDA APPROVED - 45 PIECE FIRST AID PET KIT gives you everything you need including bandages, gauze, gloves, antiseptic and more. Our kit is Certified Pet Friendly! This kit can also be used for human injuries and immediate first aid.
- INSTRUCTIONS AND GUIDE BOOK INCLUDED so that you know what to do in case of an emergency or accident with your cat or dog.
- KEEP EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES ORGANIZED in a pet first aid bag so that you can find what you need quickly. Clear vinyl pockets allow you to see tools instantly.
- PET FIRST AID KIT - PERFECT FOR TRAVEL take it anywhere you go, also keep one in your home so that you're never without the supplies you need to take care of your animal friend. Click "Add to Cart" now!
2. Pet First Aid Kit for Hiking
I love this one because it’s made just for camping and hiking with your dog!
- Created with input from an actual vet
- Includes antibiotic ointment (this is a rare find!)
- Bag is water resistant, has belt loop, and is very durable
- Some users feel it’s a bit pricey for what’s inside
- No cortisone cream.
- BEST DOG FIRST AID KIT HIKING AVAILABLE: Deluxe Dog First Aid Kit was designed with the input from a Vet who has seen it all. Our kit contains the items you need to address your pet's wounds they received while hiking, at the dog park, hunting, backpacking, traveling, or another animal attack or bite. The elastic self-adhering wrap won't stick to their fur. The saline wash will clean out their wound and the styptic pen (potassium alum) will help stop bleeding even with a torn toe nail.
- PERFECT KIT FOR THOSE WHO TAKE THEIR DOGS BACKPACKING: You love to take your pet everywhere you go, so why don't you have a hiking dog first aid kit just for them? Keep them safe with this emergency pet first aid kit for backpacking, hunting, travel, and adventures. Ease their pain with the array of emergency items in this kit and keep them comfortable. You will be able to stop the bleeding, finish your adventure or hunt, and safely get your pet to your vehicle with this kit.
- LIFETIME GUARANTEE & IDEAL FOR THOSE WHO LOVE THEIR PETS: Accidents happen and with this pet first aid kit it you can immediately address your best friend's wounds or bites. Whether they are K9, Canine, Cat, or Feline, or other type of animal we have you covered with this Pet First Aid Kit. Backed by Amazon A-Z guarantee. So buy with Confidence Today and it is great Gift for Family and Friends.
- ALWAYS BE READY FOR AN EMERGENCY WITH THIS ADVENTURE DOG FIRST AID KIT: Bottle of Saline, Roll of Self-Adhering Elastic Wrap, Roll of PBT Gauze, Styptic Pencil (potassium alum), Antibiotic Ointment, Antiseptic Wipes (Non-Alcohol), Gauze Pads, Roll of Tape, Pair of Large Gloves, Metal Tweezer, Scissors that easily trim hair. See Product Description Below for complete list.
- EXCELLENT QUALITY, LIGHT WEIGHT: This Dog First Aid Kit is ready for your pet and the medical emergencies they face at home or on the road. All First Aid kit items are sterile and packaged with expertise. The Custom First AID KIT bag is water resistant, has belt loop, and is very durable. First Aid Bag Dimensions: 5x4x2" (LXWXH).
3. Labra Dog First Aid Kit
Need something a bit smaller that still covers the basics? The Labra Dog is a good option!
- With just 28 pieces, it’s small enough to fit right into your backpack.
- Weighs less than 7oz
- Meets and exceeds standards set by veterinarians
- With 28 pieces, it literally covers JUST the basics
- No antibiotic cream, no cortisone, and only 4 antiseptic wipes
- 28 PIECE KIT INCLUDES - Scissors, Tweezers, Pet Brush, Pair of Rubber Gloves, (1) 53" X 38" X 38" Triangle Bandage, (1) Non-woven Tape Roll, (1) 14.5' X 2" Woven Bandage Roll, (4) Antiseptic Cleaning Wipes, (4) Alcohol Wipes, (4) Cotton Swabs, (4) 2" X 2" Non-woven Pads, (4) Bandage Adhesive Strips
- ENJOY THE OUTDOORS - Don't worry about your dog getting injured on your next hike. Stay prepared with the Labra Co. Pet First Aid Kit
- SUPPLIES FOR ALL INJURIES - Treat cuts, scrapes, sprains, strains, etc. with the wide variety of pet medical supplies included in the Labra Co. Pet First Aid Kit
- COMPACT AND LIGHTWEIGHT - Pet First Aid Kit measures 8" X 5.5" and weighs less than 7 ounces
- SMALL BUSINESS - Labra Co. is a small business specializing in health products for dogs.
My top choice is definitely the hiking kit, mostly because it actually comes with antibiotic cream. I am always so shocked by how often this is omitted from first aid kits!
That said, if you’re taking along these essentials in your human first aid kit, then it’s okay to go with the first or third option.
Dog Sleeping Bags
If you’re picturing sticking your dog in a human-like sleeping bag and thinking, “now you’ve gone too far!” bear with me.
They’re more likely highly portable dog beds or all-season blankets than a canine version of the human sleeping bag.
As always, check the table for quick recommendations, then read on for more details.
1. Hurtta Outback Dreamer
- Designed specifically for dogs who like to sleep curled up
- Made of water-repellent and breathable machine-washable material
- Lightweight and easy to carry
- The pocket let’s dogs curl up inside of it like a real sleeping bag, or just lay on top of it like a blanket
- Not ideal for dogs that like to sleep sprawled out
- It’s a smidge on the pricey side for a dog blanket
- Sizes are a bit off, so get a size bigger than you think you’ll need
- USES - Great for camping, hiking or to take along with you as a portable dog bed
- DESIGN - This sleeping bag is designed for a dog's natural sleeping position, allowing your dog to curl up into it easily. Also great as a sleep mat
- HEAT REFLECTIVE - Features a heat-reflecting foil inside of the lining, giving the sleeping bad significant warmth for your dog on cold nights
- INSULATED - Constructed of water-repellent and breathable material, this bag features a warm wadding between the outer layer and the lining
- LIGHTWEIGHT & COMPACT - Lightweight and easy to carry, as well as being machine washable. Travel bag included
2. He&Ha Pet Dog Mat Portable Waterproof Pet Blanket
- Great multi-purpose blanket, so you can use it for more than just camping
- Made of durable water repellent fabric and cozy sherpa
- Comes with storage bag with a handle for transporting it
- The sherpa isn’t waterproof
- It’s a little on the thin side
- Even the large isn’t really big enough for larger breed dogs
- Multiple Functional Pet Blanket. Quality water resistant pet blankets for dogs and cats. Perfect for outdoor activities, such as picnic, camping, and sandy beach, as well as indoor use for sofa furniture protector, crate liners, and blankets for bed.
- Well Made Dog Blanket. Made of durable water repellent fabric and thicken sherpa backing keep your pets comfy, warm and dry. You no longer have to worry about your little friend wet the sofa or bed. Material: 100% Polyster
- Portable and Easy to Carry Around. A build-in storage bag with handle and quality zipper to store and carry the blanket.
- Cold water machine washable and quick dry. Hand washing with mild detergent is recommended. Air dry.
- Large Size: 47-inch in length and 35-inch in width.
3. Kurgo Waterproof Dog Roll
The Kurgo is a good option if your dog sleeps sprawled out and you need something that’s completely waterproof.
They make two colors- red and brown. We’re talking about the red one, as the brown has different material on the top layer.
- Both the top and the bottom is waterproof
- It’s quite compact when it’s rolled up
- Includes a lifetime warranty (only against defects)
- You’re sacrificing cozy material for the waterproof factor, and some say that top layer feels cheap
- The positioning of the handle makes it tempting for dogs who like to chew
- Kind of pricey for what it is
- GREAT FOR TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE: Cozy dog bed is travel friendly and perfect for every outdoor adventure such as camping, hiking, road trips, and other vacations
- WATERPROOF TOP AND BOTTOM DOG BED: Dog bed has a water resistant top made of microtomic ripstop material; waterproof Rufftex non-slip bottom
- PORTABLE PET BED ROLLS UP FOR STORAGE: Travel dog bed is portable for travel purposes; easily rolls up for storage in car or luggage bag, does not take up much space when traveling
- OUTDOOR DOG BED SIZE: Medium size when open- 27" x 36" x 2", when rolled up- 12.5" x 8"; Large size when open- 36" x 48" x 3", when rolled up- 17" x 9.5"
- LIFETIME WARRANTY: Product comes with hassle-free Kurgo Lifetime Warranty against manufacturer defects when purchased new from authorized dealer
If your dog sleeps curled up, I really do love the Hurtta Outback Dreamer. It’s the closest thing to an actual dog sleeping bag that I could find.
For sprawling dogs, it’s a toss-up between the Kurgo and the He&Ha.
The Kurgo is great if you need something that’s totally waterproof, but the He&Ha is a bit cozier.
Life Jackets for Dogs
If you’re planning to take your dog boating or swimming, a life jacket is a must.
The three below are the highest-rated life jackets according to at least 500 customers (versus a 5-star item according to 10 people).
1. Vivaglory New Sports Style Ripstop Dog Life Jacket
The Vivaglory comes in 10 vibrant colors and five sizes ranging from XS to XL, so it’s a good fit (literally) for most dogs.
- The design won’t hinder your dog’s natural movements
- Made of “Ripstop” oxford cloth for the utmost durability
- Uses heavy duty (yet comfy) fasteners to keep it on your dog
- The bright colors and reflective trim ensure that your dog is easy to spot at all times.
- Sizes run small. If your dog is even close to the next size up, get the bigger size.
- No free returns, so if you do get a size too small, you may end up paying more than the product costs to return it.
- Measure Twice, Buy Once: Please refer our size chart picture to measure your dogs and choose a suitable size for them; Chest Girth should be decisive measurement to be considered. If your measurement is close to the maximum, next size up is recommended for more comfortable fit
- New Sports Style Design: Sports-style design gives your beloved dog a new look and does not hinder his/her natural movement. Thoughtful strategically positioned neck design not only provides more space but also keeps your dog in a natural swimming positon, making them feel more comfortable and eased
- Safe Material: The materials of Vivalgory dog life jacket have passed CA65 test, keeping your dog safe wherever he/she roams. Upgraded ripstop 600D oxford cloth makes our safety vest quite durable. Heavy-duty yet more comfortable fastening system around the belly and neck to keep securely fastened
- High Visibility: Designed with bright colors and Reflective trims, our pet life jackets can enhance visibility in and out of water or low-light conditions; No worry about your dog disappearing from your sight
- Our Services: ONLY when buying from Vivaglory directly, you will get Genuine Vivaglory Brand products and 90 day's warranty. Email to our customer care specialists 7 days a week with any questions. We are waiting to assist you and your pet with your product needs
2. Outward Hound Granby Splash Dog Life Jacket
Outward Hound’s life jacket is rated 4+ stars among over 4,000 customers, so they must be doing something right!
It comes in four colors/styles and sizes from XS to XL.
- Dual handles, so it’s easier to grab hold of your dog if he needs rescuing
- Bright colors and reflective tape keep him visible at all times
- It’s not bulky, so it won’t hinder your dog’s natural movements.
- Again, the sizes run a bit smaller than expected, so if your dog is on the cusp of the next size, order up
- The handles aren’t reinforced so they may tear when picking up a very large wet dog
- PERFECT FIT - Belly buckles & chest straps ensure a safe & secure fit for any size dog. Please consult sizing guide, located with the product images. You may also contact Outward Hound's website live chat for sizing assistance.
- SIZED RIGHT - Choose from XS to XL and consult the sizing guide to order the best fitting dog life jacket for your furry friend. Note that all pups are unique and special, especially yours! Sizing may differ dog to dog. Please choose your size after taking every measurement listed on the chart. And take any other unique traits (large shoulders, long torso, etc.) into consideration.
- DUAL RESCUE HANDLES - The Medium, Large, and X-Large dog life jackets are constructed with dual grab handles for easy rescue & restraint
- HIGH VISIBILITY - Never lose sight of your dog with bright orange coloring & reflective piping
- SAFE & DURABLE - Foam panels add buoyancy & secure neck float helps keep your dog's head above water
3. Paws Aboard Dog Life Jacket Vest
The Paws Aboard life jacket comes in 8 colors and ranges from XXS to XL.
- Vibrant colors and reflective strips to increase visibility
- Made of quick-drying, breathable neoprene fabrics
- Includes a breathable mesh fabric underbelly to promote water drainage
- Some customers complain that the fabric tears after multiple uses (several times a week)
- Once again, the sizes are a bit off and it runs small
- KEEP YOUR FURRIEST MATE SAFE - Vibrant colors and reflective strips increase visibility of your playful pooch day and night. Our dog life vest is equipped with a top rescue handle for a quick and easy grab on the go.
- PREMIUM QUALITY MATERIALS - The Paws Aboard Dog Life Jacket is made of quick-dry, breathable neoprene fabrics and the right amount buoyancy. Lightweight, flexible materials allow a wide range of motion for all-day comfort. Perfect for dogs and owners who love water sports! Easily transition to land activities using the convenient D-ring leash clip.
- ADVANCED, BREATHABLE MESH UNDERBELLY - Unlike traditional life jackets for dogs, which can cause chafing and heat exhaustion, the advanced PAWS Aboard design features a breathable mesh underbelly that allows for proper water drainage and drying to provide your dog greater comfort and healthier conditions.
- FASHION FORWARD - Perfect for your fashionable first mate, this life jacket combines a stylish silhouette with premium materials and playful patterns.
- THE PAW-FECT FIT - Adjustable straps at the collar and underbelly combine with Velcro panels and buckles create a custom fit for all breeds and body shapes. For the best fit, match the dimensions in the size chart pictured to your pet's measurements as closely as possible. If your pet falls somewhere between two sizes, we advise ordering the larger of the two.
As you can see, pretty much every life jacket has the same “con,” the sizing is off.
If you take that out of the equation, I would recommend the Outward Hound life jacket. It’s budget-friendly and the highest rated overall.
Dog Camping Chairs
What are dog camping chairs? I’m glad you asked! They’re basically a cross between a portable elevated dog bed and a fold-up “stadium” chair.
While they’re not a necessity, they’re definitely a “nice to have” item! Check out my favorites!
1. Carlson Pet Products Folding Pet Cot
The Carlson reminds me a lot of the Kuranda or Cujo Cot, except with folding legs. Let’s look at the pros and cons
- Although it only comes in one size (see below) it holds up to 95lbs
- The elevated design makes it easy on your dog’s joints
- Comes with a handy carrying case
- Only comes in one size designed for medium to large puppers, so it’s not ideal for tiny dogs or giant breeds.
- It’s not the most durable bed, so you couldn’t use it as an everyday cot at home
- Fold and go design
- Elevated pet bed is easy on joints
- Comes with carrying case
- 47 inches long by 24.5 inches wide by 7 inches tall
- Great from medium to large breeds up to 95 pounds
2. Gen7Pets Trailblazer Blue Cool-Air Cot for Dogs
I really love the look of the Gen7Pets cot, don’t you? While it does come in two sizes, only one appears to be available on Amazon right now.
- The mesh fabric promotes air flow to keep your dog cool
- The curved back is perfect for dogs who like to curl up against something
- Elevated design keeps the bed off the ground and eases strain on your dog’s joints
- Only comes in one size (at least on Amazon)
- Not designed for everyday use (the seams aren’t the most durable with repeat use)
- ELEVATED PET BED FRAME - The Cool-Air Cot Pet Bed is designed around an elevated frame to keep your pet off muddy ground, itchy grass, sand, or any other surfaces that may cause them issues. Perfect for keeping your dog cool on a sunny day due to the Smart-Air Flow mesh fabric and the elevated design which promotes airflow.
- SMART-AIR FLOW - Gen7Pets' Smart-Air Flow mesh promotes drainage when getting wet, reducing uncomfortable situations for your pet. It also promotes cool air comfort when coupled with the elevated platform design ensuring your pet many hours of cool comfortable naps.
- CURVED RAISED BACK - The curved and raised back design allows your pet to curl up and be supported which promotes more comfortable rest and fits your pet's natural instincts.
- QUICK SNAP TOGETHER FOR TRAVEL - The Gen7Pets Cool-Air Cot Pet Bed is designed to be quickly assembled with snaps for permanent use, travel to the beach, camping, or the back yard.
- STEEL FRAME WILL NEVER RUST - The Cool-Air Cot Pet Bed is constructed with Powder coated steel to ensure it won't rust making this perfect for the porch or the beach in addition to indoors. Extra strength double stitching ensures the Cool-Air Cot Pet Bed will be a welcome addition to your family for many years to come.
3. HDP Elevated Napper Cot Space Saver Pet Bed
Of the top three dog camping chairs, the HDP offers the most variety in terms of colors and sizes. Let’s take a look.
- Two sizes (M & L) and four color choices
- Made of heavy duty water-resistant fabric
- Folds up nice and compact into a carrying case
- The large only fits dogs up to 40lbs, so no options for big breeds
- Not the most durable (again, it’s not for everyday use)
- Heavy-duty water resistant polyester oxford
- Powder coated, rust-resistant frame
- Protects pets from uncomfortable cold, hot, damp, and uneven surfaces
- For Pets up to 30 Lb
- Medium 27" x 27" x 7.5"
As we can see, none of these camping chairs for dogs are really made for heavy, long-term use.
If you camp every weekend, you’re better off getting an actual elevated dog bed. The AmazonBasics is a good inexpensive choice.
That said, if you really want a portable cot, any of the above would fit your needs. The best one really depends on the size of your dog.
Other Camping Gear for Dogs
While we’ve covered the essentials and some “nice to haves” above, there’s still a whole world of camping gear for dogs that we haven’t even begun to explore!
My recommendation for those items: read through the reviews very carefully.
Choose from items that not only have high ratings, but a lot of satisfied customers.
In other words, a 4-star product according to 5,000 customers may be better than a 5-star product according to just a handful of customers.
We’ll explore more dog camping accessories in the future (like I said, there’s a whole world of them out there) but for now, if you have any specifics that you’d like to see covered, tell us below!
What are some of your favorite dog camping accessories? Share below, along with other gear you’d like to learn more about!
Last update on 2019-06-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API