There’s no better time to explore the great outdoors with your furry companion than spring. From hiking to camping, plenty of opportunities for adventure await. But, before you hit the road, make sure you have everything you need for yourself and your dog. And, to keep your pet safe and comfortable during your adventures, you need to have the right dog gear. Apart from food and dog dental chews, here are the 6 must-have dog essentials for safe outdoor expeditions.
- Collapsible Water Bowl
Hydration is crucial for both humans and dogs during outdoor activities. A collapsible water bowl is a convenient and space-saving accessory that allows you to keep your dog hydrated on the go.
When choosing a bowl, look for one that is lightweight, durable, and easy to clean.
- LED Collar + Retractable Leash
Keep your dog safe while exploring the great outdoors with a LED collar and a retractable leash. LED collars keep your dog visible from a distance when it’s dark and gloomy, and retractable leashes allow them to roam more freely while you stay in charge.
When choosing a LED collar, look for one made of high-quality and durable material, with adjustable size and a rechargeable battery. In terms of the leash, look for one with a sturdy handle, a locking mechanism, and a strong, durable cord.
- Poop Bags
Picking up after your dog is part of being a responsible owner. So, don’t forget to bring along a supply of poop bags on your outdoor expeditions. These items will help you keep the environment clean and hygienic for everyone.
When choosing poop bags, look for ones that are durable, leak-proof, and easy to use.
- Outdoor Blanket
Instead of carrying an ample dog bed, pack an outdoor blanket. These blankets are durable, waterproof, and versatile, so you can use yours in various ways: as a blanket, a bed, or a cushion, providing a comfortable and cozy spot for your dog.
When choosing an outdoor blanket, look for one that is machine washable and easy to fold and pack.
- Dog Backpack
A dog backpack provides additional storage space for some of your dog’s essentials, such as food, treats, and water. It also provides your dog a sense of purpose and accomplishment, carrying their essentials themselves.
However, to keep your dog safe and comfortable, make sure the backpack fits them properly and is equipped with reflective strips for added visibility. Also, it shouldn’t weigh more than 25% of your pet’s body weight.
- Pet First Aid Kit
Unfortunately, accidents can happen during outdoor adventures. That’s why it’s essential to have a pet first aid kit on hand. The kit should include items like gauze, bandages, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic spray or ointment, tweezers, and scissors. Alternatively, you can purchase a pre-made kit in pet stores and online.
As you (and your pet) prepare for your outdoor adventure(s), don’t forget to pack these must-have accessories. By being prepared and equipped with the right gear, you ensure your dog has a safe and enjoyable trip. So, go out there, have fun, and don’t forget to bring these essentials along!