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The Dog Camping Gear to Bring Your Best Friend Outdoors

Ready for some outdoor adventures with your best friend? Here's the gear they need.

ruffwear front range dog harness

What could be better than enjoying the great outdoors with your best buddy? Just you, your furry friend and an adventure neither of you will soon forget. You can absolutely bring your trusted canine companion with you on your next hiking or camping excursion. You just need the right dog camping gear to make sure your four-legged adventurer is ready to rough it for a few nights.

Remember: Your pup might be engineered for an outdoor explanation but they need reliable equipment, too. That means a rugged leash to keep them by your side, a comfy bed to snooze in and maybe even some booties to keep their dogs from barking. If you’re ready to enjoy nature with your pup, here are some picks for the best dog camping gear you can find.

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1 Tuff Mutt Hands Free Bungee Dog Leash
Tuff Mutt

This hands-free dog leash is a great alternative to traditional leashes. It attaches to your waist, offering 48 inches of tough, expanding bungee cord so your dog can explore freely without tripping you. Meanwhile, you can keep your hands free for carrying gear.

2 Ruffwear Front Range Dog Harness

Keep your four-legged friend safe and secure with this versatile dog harness. With two leash attachment points, you get more control over where your dog wanders off to. Your little buddy gets comfort without pinching or rubbing. Plus, the reflective trim is ideal for low-light conditions in the wilderness.

3 Ruffwear Beacon Safety Light

Keep your dog safe and visible even when it's pitch black outside with this LED carabiner light. With three light options (steady, slow or fast flash) it's useful in several different situations. It's easily rechargeable via USB, and waterproof to withstand the elements. All this, and it's covered by a lifetime warranty.

4 Awakelion Collapsible Dog Bowl

Feel good about feeding your pup with this rugged, waterproof collapsible dog bowl. It's easy to clean and can double as a food bag that stores up to 25 cups of food. It's also made from food-grade materials to ensure your dog gets a fresh, sanitary meal every time.

5 Ruffwear Crag Dog Collar

This Ruffwear collar, crafted from heavy-duty Tubelok nylon webbing, is the perfect option for outdoor adventures with pooches or everyday wear. It’s reflective, so your pup is more visible in conditions with reduced visibility, while its side release makes it easier to get on and off. It’s also available in a variety of colors.

6 Kurgo Dog Saddlebag Backpack, Back Pack Dog Harness, Hiking Pack for Dogs, Packs for Pets to Wear, Camping & Travel Vest Harness, Reflective, Lightweight, Baxter Pack For Medium & Large Pets

This backpack has plenty of extra space, with two saddlebags to hold extra food, treats, toys and supplies. Additional storage pockets work great for storing smaller gadgets and waste bags. Most importantly, your dog will be comfortable thanks to its breathable mesh, with added reflective strips for visibility.

7 Kurgo Blaze Cross Dog Shoes

These lightweight yet sturdy booties are breathable and comfortable. Their synthetic leather uppers and sole are just like your best friend's paw pads, but better. Crafted from water-resistant ripstop material, they're perfect to protect against heat, snow, rain and other hazards you might face while outdoors.

8 Gorilla Supply Dog Waste Bags
Gorilla Supply

These durable baggies can hold any mess your pet makes while out and about. Leak-proof and durable, they come in three different colors. They're made from EPI technology plastic and biodegradable for eco-conscious pet owners. Tie them up and toss them away. 

9 L.L. Bean Reversible Dog Field Coat
L.L. Bean

Even if you plan ahead, weather can be unpredictable. Make sure your furry friend is ready for chilly wind, pouring rain or low temperatures with this reversible jacket. Its plaid flannel side keeps your furry friend warm, while its classic canvas side wicks away water and chilly winds.

10 REI Co-op Camp Blanket
REI Co-op

Your dog can snuggle up safely with this cozy blanket. It's both wind-resistant and water-repellent thanks to ripstop nylon. But it's also plenty soft for any weary pup to nuzzle into at night, thanks to its polyester fiber insulation. You might find yourself trying to steal it on chilly nights.

11 Yeti Trailhead Dog Bed

Every tail-wagging trailblazer needs a place to rest their furry little head. This two-in-one bed features a cuddly, soothing pillow bolster, while its foam core will help your fur baby drift off to sleep faster. With its extra support, waterproof bottom and an EVA-molded base, you'll wish you had one, too.

12 Snoozer Pet Products Lookout II Dog & Cat Car Seat
Snoozer Pet Products

Transport your best friend to and from the campsite or trail with a secure car seat to keep them safe. This one has a quilted, simulated lamb's wool interior and a connection strap to attach a seatbelt to your pet's harness. Stow blankets, toys and other comfort items in its built-in storage tray.

13 High Hopes All-Natural Dog Cookies
High Hopes

Reward your dog as you enjoy the great outdoors together with all-natural, grain-free dog cookies. They're made from cage-free whole eggs, dried whey protein, hormone-free milk and peanut butter by a licensed pet nutritionist. And you can feel good about buying them because each sale goes toward helping homeless pets.

14 Ruffwear Knot-a-Hitch Dog Tether System

Give your dog freedom to roam with this hitching system. Your pup can wander around off-leash with this simple tether, which can be secured around a post or two trees. Its swiveling carabiner keeps your dog from twisting up the included rope, and you won't have to worry about any crafty escapees.

15 Dog Travel Bag by Modoker

Take everything you need with this travel set, which includes a large, rugged tote bag, two dog food carriers, a placemat and two collapsible bowls. It's got space for all the toys, treats, food and blankets your pup might need for any length of camping trip.

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