Let's hit summer! Top items for fun with your dog on the beach and in the water

Top 13 Trip Essentials for you and your dog

The beach and water are such exiting places for dogs to visit, there is nothing more enjoyable that watching a dog zooming around!

It is beyond important to make sure you are prepared for a trip to the beach with your dog as they will be running around like crazy and can easily overheat.

This list is not just for the beach, but any day trip, holiday or night away.

Essential travel loot for dogs

Dogs using Ruffwear travel bowl

1. Fresh water

LOADS of it too pals! This is the most important thing you can take on any trips, but especially in warm weather.  Take a large bottle or a camping bottle of fresh water and a travel bowl. 

Ruffwear Quencher packable food and water bowl – Be More Bob

Ruffwear quencher travel bowl

We keep a travel bowl in the car as they are just so useful.

You can always use these bowls for kibble as well.

We've also got collapsible bowls which are easy to carry or keep in the car.

travel dog bowl

Collapsible Pet Bowl 1 ltr Red – Be More Bob 

2. Drying robe / towel

Dog robe drying towel on a spaniel

Nobody likes putting a soggy doggy back in the car! These UK made drying robes are perfect for putting on after your swimming / beach visit.  They are super comfortable and warm too, so you can get all cosy after your adventures.

Combine with drying mitts for a nice scruff after your dip.

Dogrobes – Be More Bob

These are great for the house and car as you never know when you might need to dry off those paws!

dog drying mitts

3. Shade

Dogs will soon overheat and struggle to control their temperature, so it's absolutely imperative that you make shade.

Either choose a shady spot under a tree, or take a tent / umbrella / tarp with you to the beach.  Imagine sitting in the blazing sun with your warmest coat on, it would be totally unbearable!

4. Water toys

It's so much fun to play on the beach, either just on the sand or in the water too.

Ruffwear water toy

We've got great durable toys that are lightweight for you to carry to the beach, and they float so you can play in the water too - SWIMMING – Be More Bob

5. Float coat / dog life jacket

If you are doing some swimming or water activities (such as paddleboarding, kayaking, boating) then we'd recommend a Ruffwear float coat.

Dogs can get in trouble in the water as easily as humans can, and a float coat will help to keep them safe.

The grab handle will help you to lift and assist your dog if that becomes necessary.

Ruffwear float coat

Ruffwear Float Coat Life Jacket – Be More Bob

Our Rukka Float coats are great for dogs of differing sizes, as they attach with adjustable velcro straps. Other features include a grab handle (hold the handle and the dog under their stomach) and reflective trims.

rukka dog life jacket

RUKKA Lightweight Life Vest XS-XL – Be More Bob

For all wearables, make sure to measure your dog, as all brands have different sizes.  We often find people picking up a 'size large' for their spaniel - whereas they would actually be a small in most brands! It's difficult to know your dog's size, as you may think they are a big dog - but if you put them next to a Great Dane, would you still think them big? Measuring properly will save you time and postage costs....

6. First aid kit

It is always a good idea to have a basic first aid kit for humans and dogs.

Carrying a few simple items will make a small incident much easier to deal with.  Find out how to put together a basic first with the Blue Cross - What should your dog first aid kit contain? | Blue Cross there are also some good tips on how to deal with certain first aid situations.

7. A long line (long lead)

Ruffwear knot a hitch long dog lead

Keep your dog safe but give them some freedom with the Ruffwear Knot-a-Hitch.  You can attach this to any tree or post.

Ruffwear KNOT-A-HITCH campsite dog-hitching system – Be More Bob

Or have a handy long-line in the car for those occasions where you need to have on-lead adventures!

Training long lead

Mikki Recall Training Lead – Be More Bob

8. A pack out bag (full poo bag holder)

Gah, there's nothing worse that having a full poo bag hanging around you all day! It's not always easy to find a bin, especially if you are down on the beach.

The Ruffwear Pack Out Bag holds your stash of poo bags and then you can put a full bag inside.

The water-resistant shell fabric and waterproof lining work in tandem with a waterproof zip for easy-to-clean odour containment. It includes an adjustable belt to carry it around the waist. Or, you can attach it directly to a backpack or bag, or your waist with the clip.

Ruffwear pack out bag poo holder

Ruffwear Pack Out Bag - Holds Full Dog Poop Bags – Be More Bob

9. Dog Cooling Vest / Gaiter / Coat / Harness

dog cooling coat vest ruffwear

A dog can overheat very quickly.  It doesn't even have to be that warm for some breeds to start to suffer.

Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Zip Cooling Vest – Be More Bob

ruffwear cooling neck gaiter

Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Cooling Neck Gaiter – Be More Bob

Having a cooling coat or vest on will greatly improve their day!

Get the vest wet on the front and back (soak it through). Keep the vest wet by topping up as necessary.  The clever fabric will evaporate the water over time and keep your dog's temperature down. 

Both the vest and the neck gaiter are designed to fit 'close to' the dog.  They contain lycra for a snug fit.  Measure, measure, measure - don't guess your dog's size.

When it's super hot, Bob likes to sleep wearing his vest and gaiter.

Ruffwear Cooling harness

The Ruffwear cooling harness is an amazing piece of kit, as the cooling technology is built within the harness - meaning you can wear it all day and keep cooler.

We the harness and top up with water when you feel it drying off.

ruffwear swamp cooling harness

Ruffwear Swamp Cooler - Dog Cooling Harness – Be More Bob

Wearing a cooling vest or harness does not negate the need for shade and water!

10. Soap / brushes / calming spray / freshener

After that long zoom on the beach you may need a quick freshen up before dinner pals! We have a wide range of British made natural shampoo, calming spray (great for car journeys), freshening spray (good for wet dog smell) and brushes.

We also have detangle spray which, combined with a good brush or comb can really help with that sandy, tangly coat!

Our paw and nose balm will help with cracked toesies, beach and salt water toesies and noses.

nose and paw balm dogdog coat detangle spray


Tropiclean Oxymed paw pad lotion – Be More Bob

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11. Essentials holder

ruffwear hip pack

The Ruffwear Hip Pack is perfect for the beach (or any adventure).  Hold your bowl, snacks, car keys, poo bags, all with having your pocket and hands free. You could keep a full Hip Pack in the car, so that you never forget your essentials!

Ruffwear have other accessories that are practical and designed for great adventures.

Ruffwear Accessories – Be More Bob


12. Waterproof / stink-proof collar

The Ruffwear Confluence collar is waterproof and stink-proof.  Perfect for dogs that like to spend a lot of time in the water.

Ruffwear waterpoof collar

Ruffwear Waterproof Confluence Collar - Three Colours – Be More Bob

13. Floating lead

The Rukka floating lead is a must-have piece of kit if you are out on the water.  Keep safe and connected with this brightly coloured floating lead that comes in three lengths.

rukka floating lead

RUKKA floating swim lead – Be More Bob


Take a look at our top picks for various activities

SWIMMING – Be More Bob

HIKING – Be More Bob

CAMPING – Be More Bob

What are your top tips for days out, holidays and trips with your dog?  Let us know in the comments, we'd love to hear your ideas.


**NEW COMMENTS - Sue mentioned we forgot to add snacks!**

Let's fill a Ruffwear Treat Trader with snacks! The treat trader is water-resistant, so your snacks won't get wet at the beach!

Ruffwear Treat Trader Dog Treat Pouch, Waist-Worn Dog Treat Bag – Be More Bob

Ruffwear Treat Trader

Check out all our amazing treats......which ones will you take to the beach?

Food & Treats – Be More Bob

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