Tips for backpacking with your pup

This past weekend Mason and I went on a 3 day backpacking trip in the White Mountains. This was our very first one and I was so nervous that I wouldn’t have enough food for him since backpacking is a totally different beast from a day hike. Normally I bring him a little extra snack and he is good to go, but this time I knew he needed a lot more calories than normal not just because we were hiking longer days, but he was also carrying more weight. I was also super nervous he wouldn’t be warm enough. If any of you hike in the Whites particularly the Presidential Range where we were, you know the weather can be incredibly unpredictable and HARSH.

I’ve put together a list of everything we brought for Mason incase anyone else is struggling with what to pack like I was.

Food:

  • The Honest Kitchen Embark –awesome dehydrated raw food, highly recommend it! For amounts we added 25% more then he normally gets. So typically we would feed 2 cups in the am and 2 cups in the pm. So we gave him 2.25 cups for each serving and then also gave him a 1/2 cup “lunch” each day.
  • YaffBars– power bars for dogs and humans
  • Vital Essentials Beef Mini Nibs  — we used these for trail snacks and some recall training rewards
  • Vital Essentials Salmon Skins— great trail snack or used to keep your pup busy while you set up camp

Gear:

  • Ruffwear Climate Changer–Mason never gets cold, except when he sleeps! So we used this for his “pjs”.
  • Ruffwear Singletrak Pack–We love this pack!! We definitely could have bought a bigger pack for him, but we already had this one and he was use to it. Plus we felt it would be unfair to make him carry so much more weight than normal without any training hikes.
  • ThermARest Ridge Rest Solar— We got a small and it worked perfectly. It was great to use around camp and Mason fell asleep on it every night!

I hope this helps!! Let me know if you have any questions!

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