Let's hit the beach! Top 10 essentials for fun & safety with your dog
Top Ten Trip Essentials for you and your dog
You've packed your sun cream, swimmers, flip flops and sunnies....you are ready to go! Let's not forget about all the essentials for your dog too....
The beach is such an exiting place 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.
We do so hate to see dogs on the beach with no shade or water. Imagine sitting in the sun with a big fur coat on and no way of cooling down! *sad ears*
This list is not just for the beach, but any day trip, holiday or night away.
Essential travel loot for dogs
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.
We keep a travel bowl in the car as they are just so useful.
You can always use these bowls for kibble as well.
2. Drying robe / towel
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.
These are great for the house and car as you never know when you might need to dry off those paws!
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.
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.
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)
Keep your dog safe but give them some freedom with the Ruffwear Knot-a-Hitch. You can attach this to any tree or post.
8. A pack out bag (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.
9. Dog Cooling Vest / cooling coat
A dog can overheat very quickly. It doesn't even have to be that warm for some breeds to start to suffer.
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.
Wearing a cooling vest does not negate the need for shade and water!
10. Soap / brushes / calming spray / freshner
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), freshing 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!
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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.