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5 must-have items under $30 for hiking with your dog

If your four-legged friend is an athlete at heart, he’ll keep you on your toes — and keep your toes on the move! The least we can do for our beloved dogs is to take care of them as well as they take care of us, especially while out and about. With these essential dog hiking accessories, from travel-friendly water dishes to top-quality harnesses, you’ll have everything you need for a successful outing.

Your ultimate packing list depends on your pup, but these are some of the go-to items you should think about packing. Don’t forget to consider your destination, so you’ll know ahead of time if your dog needs any special weather accessories. For day trips and short hikes, though, check out some of our favorite dog hiking gear below. Happy trails!

Dexas Popware for Pets Collapsible Travel Non-Skid Silicone Dog & Cat Bowl

This portable dish will be a lifesaver on the trail, whether your pup is in need of a snack or a drink. It’s made of lightweight yet durable silicone, so you won’t need to worry about breaking it. It also won’t weigh you down if you decide to use the carabiner to clip it to your belt loop, backpack, or dog’s leash. Yep, it’s hands-free! It’s also dishwasher-safe and easily collapsible — about half an inch thick at its most compact.

Outward Hound DayPak for Dogs

If your dog can pull her own weight, she won’t mind carrying a few of her things as well. This doggie backpack is lightweight, durable, and fits just like a harness for safe leash walking — simply attach the leash to the D-clip on the back of the vest. Since this backpack was made with your dog’s safety in mind, it’s both waterproof and ultravisible with its neon and reflective qualities. With four expandable pockets on each side of your dog’s body the DayPak can hold everything you need for a hike.

H&H Pets Dog Treat Pouch with Shoulder Strap, Waste Bag Dispenser

With one small pouch, you can hold treats, poop bags, and more. The H&H Dog Treat Pouch makes rewarding your pooch easy as pie: Just loosen the drawstring and grab what you need! There’s an included side pocket for storing and dispensing your dog’s waste bags, making picking up after your pup more glamorous than ever.

This pouch comes with a clip, so you can keep it exactly where you need it. If you prefer holding onto it yourself, just use the included storage strap. With so many ways to use one bag, there’s no question why it has hundreds of positive reviews on Amazon.

SparklyPets Hands-Free Dog Leash

Some folks aren’t fans of holding onto their dog while they’re on a trek, but many places require pets to stay leashed at all times. Having a hands-free leash like this popular one by SparklyPets can make a world of difference for your comfort — and your arms! If your dog likes to pull, this will certainly give your upper body a break, though you can use it like a standard leash as well.

As Amazon’s choice for “dog leash for hiking,” one lightweight product lives up to some big hype. Reviews rave over this leash’s versatility — one dog mom loves having the comfy stretch of the bungee cord as well as multiple handles to pull her pup closer on hiking trails.

Vet’s Best Mosquito Repellent for Dogs and Cats

Don’t forget the bug spray! Mosquitoes can be just as pesky for our pets as they are for us, so make sure to find a bug repellent that’s totally safe for dogs, like this one. Vet’s Best Mosquito Repellent is DEET-free and made with plant-based oils, so you know you’re getting the best in natural ingredients.

All packed? Bringing your furry friend on an adventure can certainly require extra planning, but with a little forethought and research, you’ll both be ready to hit the road in no time. Don’t forget to pack the treats!

Gabrielle LaFrank
Gabrielle LaFrank has written for sites such as Psych2Go, Elite Daily, and, currently, PawTracks. When she's not writing, you…
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