So, you want to go on an overnight adventure with your pup, but also want to make sure they sleep well and stay safe!
This is what we take backpacking to ensure Nova is comfortable and warm enough on the overnights…
Please remember Nova is 140lbs and has the body to prove it. Curled up, Nova and I take up the same space, so what works for us/her might be heavier or bulkier than what you need if you have a 40lb dog!
- Bed: Z-lite sleeping pad – Chosen for a few reasons:
- It is foam so no matter how she sits, plops, digs or scratches she can’t pop it
- Fairly light weight (14oz)
- It folds, making it easy to strap to my pack
- It is for people, so it was large enough for Nova
- It was well reviewed by the humans, so one would assume a dog would also sleep well on it!
- EMS sleeping bag: EMS Bantam 30 Degree
- After deciding Nova would need a sleeping bag I decided on this rectangular EMS 30deg bag.
- The bag is large enough for Nova to be snuggled into like a blanket or snuggled into like a burrito if it is cold enough.
- The bag was also inexpensive (we paid ~$60) and still rated for 30 degrees, which we felt was warm enough for Nova in most conditions we would take her in.
- Nova used to sleep in, and still hikes in the Kurgo Loft Jacket, which works great. Unfortunately, her chest has grown quite a lot, making the jacket seem tight around her torso when she is sleeping.
- My Mother-In-Law is a saint, and made Nova some custom fleece jackets (such as the camo one photographed above & below) which is what she sleeps in now. I can get the info on how to make this if you guys are interested, let me know in the comments below!
- We carry 2 jackets (The Kurgo Loft Jacket, and a the fleece one) on all cold weather backpacking trips for Nova. We worry that if one got soaked while we were hiking that should would need a dry one to sleep in.
As you can see, sometime we improvise if we can’t get the sleeping bag arranged perfectly. In this photo we have Zack’s rain jacket on top of her. It was particularly cold this evening (the weekend of pemi loop that we canceled due to weather), so we wanted to make sure she stayed extra warm!
Just a side note… We tend to always carry her sleeping pad so she is comfortable and well rested. We make the decision on what/how many layers she will need (sleeping bag/jacket) dependent on what the forecast says … same as you would when deciding what you want to sleep in! Part of hiking with your dog is knowing them and how hot or cold they sleep in general.
Tell me what you do for your furry friend in the comments below!