Across the Tampa Bay area, there are plenty of ways to get out and enjoy the outdoors. I’ve explored many local hiking trails over the years and suggested some personal favorites in this listicle. And on most of them, your favorite fur-friend(s) can tag along for the journey.
But what’s the best gear to bring with you on these excursions?
Here’s a quick, easy five-item packing list, which is dog-friendly, for your next Tampa Bay hiking adventure.
They’re great for all walking surfaces and waterproof, which comes in handy on a rainy day because no one is happy wearing a pair of wet socks.
This bag helps me store smaller items, including snacks, car keys, a water bottle, extra plastic bags (in case it rains) and aspirin.
It is super lightweight and keeps the sun off of my face when I’m not in shaded areas of a trail.
When I take my German Shepherd, Thor, along with me, this backpack is perfect. It fits right on his back, holding his water bottle, doggy bags and extra treats perfectly. The backpack is ventilated and reflective, too, making it more difficult for people to mistake him for a bear with his all-black coat.
I use my sticker-adorned insulated water bottle exclusively on outdoor adventures. It keeps my water cool all day long.