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Dogs are (wo)man’s best friend – and best adventure companion! If you know an outdoor-loving dog owner and are struggling to pick a perfect gift for the holidays or their birthday, how about something that helps them bring their best friend along on all their adventures?

I love to go hiking and backpacking with my dog Charlie whenever I can, so I put together this guide to my favorite camping gear for dogs to help you find a great gift for the dog lover in your life.

Spending time in the wilderness with a dog is a blast! But just be aware that along with the dog camping essentials gear I’ll go over here, you also need to make sure you know the rules for camping with dogs at your destination. Once you’re ready to hit the trail with your four-legged friend, here’s a guide to all the best outdoor gear for dogs.


 We have separated this gift guide of camping gear for dogs into a few sections to help you find the perfect gift:

  1. Camping Gear for Dogs Gifts Under $25 (if you’re on a budget)

  2. Dog Camping Essentials Gifts

  3. Cozy Camping Gear for Dogs Gifts

  4. Fun Outdoor Gear for Dogs Gifts

If you’re looking for specific dog outdoor gear gift ideas, go ahead and skip ahead to that section!

While I hope this gift helps you find the perfect gift of outdoor gear for dogs for your favorite dog parent, don’t worry too much about it. Outdoor dog lovers just want to spend time enjoying nature with their furry friends, and anything that makes that experience better will be appreciated – especially the gift of your company! 🙂



Sure, a dog will find all sorts of interesting things around the campground, but a dedicated toy is nice to have to entertain them. The Ruffwear Gnawt-a-Rock toy is great since it mimics a rock and can hide a treat. It also comes in a stick version, because the best gift for a dog is always a stick!

When taking a dog on an outdoor adventure, you need to have high-quality treats to give them energy and encouragement along the trail. GivePet treats are made of natural ingredients, are grain-free, and come in fun flavors like Campfire Feast.

Plus, each bag purchased provides treats to 10 shelter dogs, so you’ll be giving a tasty gift to lots of fuzzy friends.


3. Best PAW & NOSE Skin Care Treatment

While most dogs love playing outside, all that exploring can be rough on their nose and toes. This lotion from Burt’s Bees helps restore moisture to dried out paw pads and cracked noses. It’s made with natural ingredients that are pH balanced specifically for dogs.


If your favorite dog owner doesn’t already have one of these, they will definitely appreciate it the next time they go camping with their pup. Many campgrounds require dogs to be leashed, and this tie out cable keeps them in control while still giving them room to roam.



Sure, it might not seem like the coolest gift, but trust me, dog owners can never have enough poop bags. When you’re camping, you have to pack everything out because backpacking hygiene means Leave No Trace, and that includes dog poop.

These bags from Earth Rated are my favorite because they are strong and leak free, and they would make a perfect stocking stuffer for any dog lover.



Water is essential for both people and dogs when camping. Even if your favorite dog lover already has a water bowl for their canine buddy, you can gift them an upgrade or an extra, because it’s the worst when you forget one!

The Ruffwear Quencher Dog Bowl is an awesome and durable bowl that packs down easily for camping or hiking. You could also get a collapsible silicone bowl which is easy to clip to a pack on the trail. Or check out the MalsiPree which is a water bottle and bowl all in one.


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