Backpacking with Your Dog: Three Essentials

Backpacking with Your Dog: Three Essentials

Ruffwear Palisades Dog Pack
Ruffwear Palisades Dog Pack
For long-haul trips—or journeys that require heavy loads—the high-rated Ruff Wear Palisades Pack lets your best friend share some of the burden, with removable saddlebags, two collapsible water bottles, and various pockets to separate the gear. Compression straps keep the load secure, and though our tester reported that the five-point harness was a bit tricky to adjust, once you’ve got it dialed, it stays remarkably secure and balanced.

Filson Dog Bowl

Filson Tin Cloth Dog Bowl
Ultralight backpackers may scoff at the idea of lugging around a water bowl, but we endorse this one on aesthetics alone. Of course, the collapsible soft bag performs admirably as well, whether you choose the cotton-oil brown finish or the orange acrylic.

Noble Camper Boulderlite 2
Noble Camper Boulderlight Sleeping Bag
While we always support curling up with your dog at the end of a long day on the trail, there’s no reason they shouldn’t have more than just a blanket and your body heat to keep them warm. A plush taslan nylon liner creates a comfortable refuge from the tent floor when you adjust the Boulderlite to “bed” mode, or you can unzip the bottom and transform the bed into a sleeping bag to keep the elements at bay.
—Nathan Borchelt

Noble Camper Boulderlite

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