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Humans and dogs go way back further than what most of us realize. Recent discoveries suggest that dogs may have been domesticated and used for hunting by man as early as 11,000 years ago and in some parts of the world, this has barely changed. 

Nowadays, most of us like to bring our canine best friend along on wilderness trips not as a hunting aide but as a companion who can enjoy nature with us. Although some dog breeds are hardy, even more so than us humans, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t pamper them or give them extra protection especially during outdoor trips. 

If you’re a dog lover looking to take your pet on a camping trip soon, you may want to check out some of these cool poochie products that may have gone under your purchase radar.


Outward Hound Lightweight Dog Backpack

Here's one for a bigger, active dog that can use a bit of exercise. The Outward Hound Lightweight Backpack is an affordable saddle bag great for dogs who can stand to carry some weight during outdoor walks. Some owners also say that the bag's strap design can focus and calm hyperactive dogs, which is great when hiking on uneven terrain.
Compliments Complaints
  • A bit on the larger side, good for big dogs
  • Well-made for its price
  • Helps focus a hyper dog
  • Slides to one side if weight on one pocket is heavier
  • Not as sturdy as previous models
  • D-ring may fall out
  • May not be suitable for long hikes 

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Guardians 4-Pack Collapsible Dog Bowl with Carabiner Clip

The ability to fold or collapse is always a big plus for camping equipment which is why silicone containers are popular with campers. These silicone dog bowls are no different and in fact, you can even use these to hold your hot food like soups and stews. They can also stand up to abuse like folding and chewing despite their affordable price point.
Compliments Complaints
  • BPA-free and lead-free
  • Offers the same functionality as other brand name bowls that are more expensive
  • Silicone will survive some rough chewing
  • Can even handle hot food
  • Not food-grade silicone
  • Won't collapse completely flat after some time
  • Carabiner is not as sturdy as expected

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Adventure Medical Kits Me & My Dog First Aid Kit


Although a med kit for a human will likely be no different from that of a dog's, this Me and My Dog med kit can be a good gift for a kid who loves dogs. Aside from the cute, dog-themed design on the bag, the kit also includes a pet first aid guide and pre-cut to shape moleskin.    
Compliments Complaints
  • Good, basic kit that can also be used for cats
  • Cheaper than similar products
  • You can re-order products in the kit on their website 
  • Does not come with a product that can quickly stop bleeding
  • One customer complained of a package with broken contents
  • Bag won't fit additional contents
  • One customer got a pack with rusted safety pins

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Ruffwear Highlands Waterproof Dog Sleeping Bag

If you'll be needing a sleeping bag on your trip, then it goes without saying that your dog needs one too. A good sleeping bag should protect your pet from sudden change in temperatures and even dampness that may occur while you're sleeping and it should also clam them and give them an additional sense of security that will prevent them from making noise during the night.
Compliments Complaints
  • Comfortable enough for your pet to curl inside
  • Keeps your dog warm 
  • Outside cleans up easily with a damp cloth
  • Zipper seems a bit cheap
  • Some dogs might have to get used to sleeping in it first

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Ruffwear Grip Trex Outdoor Dog Boots

If there's one thing you should buy for your dog before you go camping or hiking, it should be a good pair of shoes. Just like human shoes, the ones you buy for your pet should not only protect their feet, they should also be comfortable, especially since dogs are not accustomed to footwear. 
Compliments Complaints
  • Does not slide off easily even on active dogs
  • Sturdy and well-made
  • Breathable, good for hot climates
  • Has to be worn with sock since inside does not have extra padding
  • Somewhat pricey
  • Not ideal for wet conditions
  • Not recommended for long hikes out of the box

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