Packing for Your Dog

Adventure Packing List for Your Dog

  • Food (and water!) Especially if your route does not have easily accessible water for your dog!
  • Food/water bowl (Light weight and collapsable are best!)
  • Extra smelly and yummy treats (in case you need to win over their attention!)
  • Leash (FYI: National parks REQUIRE all dogs to be on a leash – otherwise expect a hefty fine!)
  • Small quick drying towel. A towel can come in handy in so many different ways. Nothing worse than muddy paws jumping all over your tent! It’s also equally useful as a bed or for emergency situations with your pet!
  • Poop Bags
  • Doggie First Aid Kit (see suggested contents below!)
  • Favourite Small Toy (Not a necessity but definitely useful for a distraction when setting up and relaxing at camp!)
  • Winter Booties. A good idea even for the big dogs! Winter treks risk ice build up and tearing of their sensitive paw pads.


  • Sterile Rubber Gloves
  • Round-ended scissors
  • Non-adhesive sterile pads
  • Tweezers
  • Gauze
  • Wraps
  • Cornstarch or styptic powder (helps stop bleeding)
  • More treats! This is most likely an uncomfortable and scary time for your furry friend! Rewarding them while you manage and assist their situation will help keep them comfortable and calm!
  • Benadryl. For bites and other allergies.  (My vet told me that the rule of thumb is 1mg:1lbs body weight but please advise with your vet for proper dosage for your dog!)
  • Buffered Aspirin. For pain and inflammation. (Over the counter/human aspirin is said to be okay for dogs but dosage amounts vary greatly and can be fatal if overdosed: again, advise with your vet for proper dosage!)
  • Syringe of 3% hydrogen peroxide: induces vomiting. (Meant for serious emergency situations ONLY – one last time; please advise with your vet for dosage and usage information!
  • Pocket Sized First-Aid book for dogs. Great resource for when you’re caught on the spot!
  • Medical Records (mostly for travel as some places require documentation for entry!)

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