Planning an outdoor adventure with your pet? Before you leash up your pup and head out the door, check out these totally awesome—and totally useful—accessories, some of which can be real life savers:
A Cooling Mat
If your pup is uninterested in going for a swim to cool off, consider a pet cooling mat to keep your pooch from overheating. Simply unfurl this and let your pet lay on it. Best of all? It’s water and dirt-resistant, making it ideal for outdoor use.
A Collapsible Water Bowl
There’s plenty to love about these collapsible silicone pet bowls: they’re dishwasher-safe, are compact and can hold up to 12 fluid ounces of water or 1.5 cups of pet food. Fold these up or use a carabiner to affix these to your pack.
The most obvious safety tip when spending time outdoors with your pet, says pet expert Kelly Meister-Yetter, is to ensure that you have plenty of water and something to put it in. “In hotter weather, be sure to take frequent breaks and offer your pup as much water as he wants to drink,” she says.
A Lightweight Cooling Vest
This lightweight “jet stream” cooling vest will keep your pet cool in sweltering temperatures. Simply soak the vest in water, wring it out and then let the water evaporate to keep your dog’s body temperature cooler (think of it was a way to replicate sweating).
An Elevated Camping Bed
If you’ll be camping on uneven ground, consider providing your pet with a solid base for snuggling. This elevated pet bed folds up like a camping chair and gives your dog or cat a place to rest high up off the ground.
A Boat Ramp
If you’ll be at sea this summer, this boat ladder and ramp may make it easier for your dog to get in and out of the water as you sail the high seas. Simply affix the ladder to the boat or dock and let your dog walk up.
A Life Vest (with a Fin!)
For a fun and safe way to keep your dog afloat in the water, you can’t go wrong this life vest—complete with a little fin on top. It’s lightweight and a bright blue that’s sure to make your dog stand out in the water.
If you’ll be on a boat, a life vest is a must, Meister-Yetter says, especially for large dogs (like her 80-pound pooch).
“The only thing standing between him and disaster is the life vest I bought him that my husband thought was a waste of money—until Munster climbed up on the edge of the boat and leaned out. Then the vest became a good investment,” she says.
A Crazy-Durable Leash
If you’ll be venturing into the wilderness with your dog in tow, you might want to leave your regular leash hanging at home. The nylon Goruck Monster Dog Leash is lightweight and made out of military-grade webbing. The six-foot leash is perfect if you want to give your dog a chance to roam and claims to be fray-resistant.
If your dog will be frolicking on hot sand or on rough terrain, consider putting these paw protectors on your dog to keep your dog’s paw pads safe. They’ll also give your dog traction and make it easier to navigate tough terrain.
A GPS Collar
If you’re a serious outdoorsman or woman, consider this teched-out tracking collar. At $600, it’s the most expensive product on this list, but if you’ll be spending time in the wild with your dog, this is the product you want. You can track up to 10 dogs at a time and see where they are within a 10-mile radius. The tracker uses satellite imagery to provide high-res images of your surroundings without relying on unreliable cell signals.
A Reflective Collar
If you’ll be walking or hiking in the evening hours, this safety collar will make the late-night treks easier. The collar comes with a light so you and your dog can see the surface in front of you and makes it easier for drivers to spot you from a distance.
Jerky and the outdoors go together like peanut butter and jelly. These gourmet, slow-smoked jerky sticks in beef, chicken or turkey are a perfect reward if your dog has spent a long and tiring day on the trail.
A Pet-and-Human-Friendly Water Bottle
If you’d prefer to travel a bit lighter, consider packing this nifty water bottle that’ll keep both you and your pet hydrated. Fill the bottle and then unscrew the top bowl when your pet gets thirsty. No fuss, no muss.
A Doggy Backpack
One of the biggest issues you may encounter when venturing out with your dog? Where to store everything. This adjustable saddlebag solves that problem. Fill the four pockets with essentials (like food, water and waste bags), strap it to your dog’s body, and hike on. The bright color will also make it easier to spot your pup from the trail.
A Folding Frisbee
Toys take up room and can be a pain to haul, but if your dog loves to play, this lightweight, foldable Frisbee can make for a fun accessory. Unfurl them, let them fly and then put them away. And they’re cheap enough ($10 for a pack of six) that you won’t be upset if you lose one.
If you’re looking for high-quality treats, consider these freeze-dried beef tripe treats. They’re all natural, rich in nutrients, and if you’ll be in extreme climates, these treats won’t melt in high heat.
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