I’m an avid backwoods and backcountry camper. My girl, Lucy, comes with me on each adventure. Over the years, I’ve purchased and tried a dizzying variety of accessories to make camping and hiking easier here.


Here are the top six products I use every year to make camping a breeze. I cannot live without these. They make our camping trips less stressful and more enjoyable. These six are my staples after more than ten years of trial and error.


Foldable Travel Bowls are fantastic. They collapse to pack away, so they’re easy to travel with. The carabiner clip attaches to my backpack, so they don’t take up any room. They’re made of silicone and so easy to clean. The bottoms are non-slip, too.


This tie-out set is incredible. It’s an overhead tie, 50 ft long. You connect it between 2 trees, and the carabiner clip attaches to your dog. It’s safe and secure and gives Lucy plenty of room to run and meet all her activity needs. Mostly, we camp in off-leash-friendly places. But, if we’re at a site that requires leashing, this trolley system is a lifesaver.


The Chuckit! Travel Bed is a sleeping bag option for your dog. It’s machine washable and has a loop to hang dry. It’s padded and super comfy. It helps keep Lucy up off the ground and offers warmth. It’s compact and folds up in the carry bag that comes with it. I don’t like sleeping on the hard ground, so I imagine my dog doesn’t either. Plus, it helps protect my air mattress!


Vet’s Best Mosquito Repellent is a must-have. Those mosquitos and sand flies irritate me, so I’m sure they bug her. This formula is DEET-free and plant-based, so I never worry about licking it off herself. You can reapply it every few hours. But the best part? It works. Like it really, actually works.


My favorite accessory is my dog’s travel bag. And it’s purple, my favorite color. This extra-large bag set comes with plenty of pockets and room to pack everything my Lucy needs for a week away. It’s got two food containers, holds her bed and blanket, as well as toys and treats. And the tie-out! The tie-out and harness fit too. It’s a godsend that keeps me organized.


If you don’t like purple, that’s ok. It comes in 2 sizes and ten colors. Pick your favorite, and off you go!


The last one on my list are LED lights. These come in a two-pack and clip on to collars or harnesses. Or 50ft tie-outs. Or my kids. It gets so dark on the backcountry campsites, especially if there’s no moon. You do have to replace them at least once a year, but they’re a great price, so I don’t mind that. The colorful led light lets me keep track of Lucy and my kids, even on the darkest night. Plus, they’re fun.


Camping with your dog is a lot of fun. With a bit of thought and preparation, you should have a fun, stress-free adventure with your dog.

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