I’ve been hiking, camping, and traveling with my Dachshunds over 15 years.
I love dog gear but, over time, I’ve found that there are several essentials I take with us on every time we go on an adventure.
My dogs may be small but I know my must-have list would be the same even if I had a bigger dog.
Here is what I bring on every adventure.
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7 Important Items for Adventuring with Dachshunds
1) A Comfortable Harness
When your dog will be walking long distances, their harness might get wet, sandy, or dirty, or they might be wearing it 24-7 when traveling, it’s extra important to get one that is comfortable and won’t chafe or rub them raw.
You can read my full warning about the harness chafing issue but, for us, it boils down to using a harness that doesn’t rest in my Dachshund’s armpits.
The primary harness we use when I think chafing is a potential issue, is the Casual Padded Y Harness from Hurtta.
Because of the pointy breast bone Dachshunds have, the strap that is supposed to run down the middle of the chest does sometimes slide to the side but it doesn’t cause any fit issues for them.
My second favorite choice for when my Dachshunds are going for a long walk or hike is the Ruffwear Flagline harness.
2) A Waterproof Dog Leash
You never know what adventure will throw at you so it’s best to use a leash that won’t absorb water, attract dirt and mud, and is easy to clean.
I’ve been using using waterproof biothane leashes – also referred to as coated nylon webbing – for years and can’t imagine using anything else.
3) Pet Grooming Wipes
Did your Mom or Grandma always keep a Wet-Nap in their purse to wash off your hand or face if they got grimy?
It’s like that but you’re the responsible adult and your dog is the messy kid.
Slip a couple hypoallergenic, deodorizing, individually wrapped dog grooming wipes in your bag so you can clean paws, wipe errant dog poop (on bums or hands), clean eye boogers, or clean up other little messes quickly.
If you prefer to buy in bulk so it creates less waste (you can tuck a couple in a resealable bag in your purse), the Earthbath Pet Grooming Wipes are one of my all-time favorite pet wipes (and I’ve tried a LOT).
4) A Light Fleece Dog Jacket
There are few places in the world where the weather doesn’t change at least once a day.
One minute it could be warm and sunny at the other it could be breezy, rainy, cold or all of the above.
The Teckelklub Fuzzie is a great little fleece Dachshund sweater to keep tucked in your bag for those chilly moments.
This jacket fits a Dachshunds long body (it covers their back), it’s quick to get on and off, still provides some warmth even if it gets a little wet, and holds up to many years of washing.
The Teckelklub Fuzzie dog jacket comes in a variety of sizes to fit almost any dog and comes in several fun colors.
Read about other jackets Teckelklub makes HERE.
5) A Collapsible Dog Bowl
Keeping your dog hydrated when you are out and about is very important. Your dog won’t have free access to water like at home.
Even if a dog has access to a public dog water dish, they may not always want to drink it.
Also, sometimes they can be so nasty that you don’t want your dog to drink the dirt and germs.
Carrying your own bowl means that you can give your dog a drink whenever you have access to water.
A collapsible silicone dog bowl folds down flat so it’s easy to slip into a purse or bag.
Our favorite – and the one we’ve used for years (and it still looks new) – is the Dexas Popware for Pets Collapsible Travel Cup (affiliate link).
6) Dog Treats
Dog treats are essential for many reasons.
Besides the obvious of keeping your dog from going hungry, they can be used to distract your dog from an upsetting situation, to work on training commands in public places, and as a focus point if you want to get that perfect shot with your smartphone.
I prefer to use tiny, low calorie dog treats so I don’t have to worry much about how many they get in a day.
These are my favorite dog training treats for small dogs.
7) A Bag to Carry it All In
You’ll need a bag to carry everything in.
For me, usually that is my Dog Mom Purse.
It can get pretty full though so sometimes I need to bring a bigger tote or messenger bag.
One I really like for travel and general walking around is the Sleepypod Go Bag.
It has a strap so it can be carried like a messenger bag.
It’s definitely larger than a big purse but it’s low profile so it sits close against the body and doesn’t become cumbersome.
I haven’t found a need yet for the insulated little bags it comes with (maybe for my own lunch sometime?) so I take them out.
Thew bag is big enough to carry all of my regular purse stuff, my dog’s stuff, and some extras like a bottle of water and snacks for me.
If I’m hiking, then I put all of the dog’s stuff in my regular backpack.
There are a lot of things we bring on adventures but no matter where we go, or what we do, we always have these things with us. Do you have any must-bring essentials you would add to this list?