in Camping / by Roofnest Team
If there’s one thing we’ve enjoyed about socially distancing this year, it’s spending more time outside with our families — including our canine companions.
Dogs have a way of making any outdoor adventure even more fun, especially camping. Seeing their joy and sense of exploration when venturing in the wild seems to enhance our own experience.
That’s why it’s important to make sure your dog is as safe and cozy as you are when trekking through the wild — whether that be during a cold night on your camp trip or a full day of cross-country skiing.
With so many doggy products on the market, it can be hard to know actually works and what you really need to keep your pooch protected from the elements. The bottom line is, you’ll want camping items for dogs that are comfortable, warm, water resistant, and most of all, durable.
You’ll especially want something to reassure you that even if an accident like a cut or sprain did happen, you’d be prepared to address it right away.
As canine and camping connoisseurs, we did the research for you. Here are some top-rated products that will make it so Fido can join you on all your outdoor adventures, even the chilly winter ones.
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Best Paw Protection: My Busy Dog Water Resistant Boots
My Busy Dog is a dog apparel brand owned by a family who loves the great outdoors almost as much as they love their dog, Kennedy. This brand’s mission is to provide products that keep dogs warm and ready for any wintery outdoor adventure.
One of their most talked-about products are the water-resistant dog shoes.
While your dog’s paws are durable, they still need protection from hot pavement in the summer, and snow and ice in the winter.
In the winter, a build-up of snow on their paws can turn to ice, which can be painful. And when temperatures reach sub-zero levels, dogs can get frostbite on their paws simply from making contact with a sidewalk.
Dog shoes can also keep de-icing salts off your dog’s paws, a substance that can be toxic to animals when they lick it off.
The My Busy Dog water resistant boots are known for their durability and effectiveness in keeping your pup’s paws protected from the elements. And they’re so light and comfortable they require no training, even for the picky pups!
Just slip them on, secure them, and you and your furry friend can be on your way!
Ruffwear Powder Hound Jacket
A warm coat of fur goes a long way for your dog. If you have a husky, a malamute, or any other breed designed for cold weather, they’re probably good to go cold-weather camping without a dog coat.
But if you have any other breed of dog, you’ll need to help them stay warm if the temperatures drop below the 40s. Even corgis, a breed with thick fur, can need a coat due to their proximity to the cold ground.
The Ruffwear Powder Hound hybrid jacket is a great choice for any breed that needs a bit more protection from the cold. It’s snow and water resistant, and locks in core heat to keep your pup just the right amount of toasty.
The jacket zips on easily and with little struggle, and even includes reflectors so you can keep track of your furry friend once the sun sets.
Adventure Medical Kits Trail Dog First Aid Kit
Whenever you go on long hikes or camping trips, chances are a first aid kit is on your packing list. But why about first aid for Fido?
Just like humans, animals are prone to injury when romping around the great outdoors. Whether they step on something sharp or slip while hiking, you’ll want to be prepared to help address the issue and prevent any further complications — like excessive swelling or nasty infections.
Adventure Medical Kits is a company that provides first aid kits catered to specific outdoor activities. The trail dog first aid kit includes every medical necessity you’d need for your adventurous dog, including:
- Tweezers for removing splinters or ticks
The kit comes with a comprehensive guide to help you properly address any injuries,, and when to head home and get a vet.
It’s easy to pack away, so you don’t have to worry about adding another backpack to your load!
K&H Heated Outdoor Bed
Everyone loves camping, even our pets! With the dropping temperatures that come with witner nights, a normal blanket won’t keep your dog as warm as they need to be.
The K&H Heated Outdoor Bed comes with a comfy water-resistant case. The bed comes in 3 sizes, and all sizes are guaranteed to be soft and warm for your pup.
It has special orthopedic padding, so your dog can rest their wary joints and bones after a fun day of running around. It also plugs in to a generator and runs on low wattage, so you can ensure you’re not wasting energy.
Mambe Waterproof Blanket
A warm, dry, cozy blanket is a treasure for humans and animals alike — especially after a long, cold day of hiking or skiing.
Mambe blankets are luxury waterproof blankets designed especially for outdoor climates. One side is water resistant, and the other is lined with warm fleece. The combination makes for a lightweight and toasty shelter.
Pair it with a K&H heated dog bed, and your little (or big) friend will be lying in the lap of luxury.
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For those of us who love to adventure year-round, cold weather is just a new way to play. It can be a total buzzkill to get prepped for a day of outdoor adventuring only to notice you’ve got a shivering, uncomfortable pet who’d rather be left at home.
With the right supplies, your dog get to enjoy cold weather camping just as much as you do. So the next time you pack up for a day of cross country skiing, fat biking, or cold-weather camping, make sure to make a list of supplies you need for your dog, too.
Once they have cold-weather boots, a jacket, first aid kit, and cozy sleeping gear, they’ll be set and ready for anything!
All you have left to figure out is where to camp where they’re safe and welcome. We have you covered there, too. Here’s where and how to camp with your dog >
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