The following are what I consider to be some of the best things we’ve come across for winter travel with your dog. Best of all, if you know someone who loves dogs and the outdoors, the following will serve as a great gift guide. I can guarantee any hard-to-find-gifts-for outdoors & dog lovers would very much appreciate receiving the following items.
Travel Bed for Dogs
This is me and Miles’ favorite travel bed. It packs up compactly in its nicely-designed travel sack and expands when needed into a warm silky fluffy insulated bed. It is great for any place where a dog-resting-spot is needed: car, crate, camping, hotel, cabin or home. It is machine-washable, air-dries quickly and in our experience retains its shape perfectly after regular washings. What can I say… “Ya do a lot, ya need to wash a lot.”
Portable Dog Food Gear:
If you are traveling you need a good place to keep dog food, preferably in something compact. Who wants the dog food to take up tons of space? This is my preferred solution for packing efficiently and lightly. Both are 100% machine-washable (just don’t wash the feedbag with towels to preserve the velcro). I am trying to avoid wasting so many ziplock bags and feel a bit better every time I re-use these.
Winter Dog Jacket
Miles is a wimp when the weather goes beyond mild and well, mild. Too hot and he won’t budge, too cold and he shivers like he was left stranded on an iceberg for a month. I felt awful the first winter we went far North and I didn’t bring anything to keep him warm. After that experience, I realized some well-designed functional wear could really have come in handy. I did research and decided on the Quinzee jacket. It fits perfectly (Miles is xs), is machine-washable and is nicely insulated. It also has the added bonus of folding up compactly inside a built-in “stuff sack.” I chose to go with the add-on safety item called the ‘Beacon,’ which is an adjustable light that attaches to the jacket or collar. Winter conditions often make visibility more difficult. I feel much safer when Miles has his light on. After all, city drivers are never to be trusted… And I don’t like the idea of losing him in the woods. Oh who am I kidding — Miles trails behind me if he suspects bears are near. I am more likely to get yanked off the trail. BUT, at least in case of such an event, Miles will be able to retrieve help safely with his light a’flashin.’
Human Winter Gear:
Talk about the best functional present for any dog and/or outdoors lover: portable shoe warmers/dryers! When I first spotted these on Clean Run, I was blown away that such a thing actually existed. How did I grow up in Oregon yet never hear of such a thing? I’ve never been so giddy about something so practical. I have long hair, but still, my shoe dryers have officially displaced any other plug-in items in my bathroom. I use them often because it rains so much here on the West coast. After a rainy walk I pop these in my shoes, and they are soon magically dry. When my shoes get extra dirty, I can put them through the washing machine, pop these inside them overnight and the next day the same shoes are warm, dry and ready for action. Talk about erasing consequences overnight…
Last but Not Least:
What can I say. I made it and I love it. No one ever accidentally drinks from my mug. This mug is available at our little online store (link above). If don’t have a Welsh terrier and want one that looks like your dog, just shoot me an email. I enjoy procrastinating from real work.