Traveling & Hiking with Dogs.
Posted by on 08/12/2022
Hey there I’m Jen, there is nothing more than we like to do as a family than travel and explore new places across the UK! Of course, Nala and Luna, our Labradors, come everywhere with us. If it isn’t a Dog Friendly place to stay, we simply keep on looking until we find somewhere that is. To be honest though, it is becoming increasingly easy to find Dog Friendly places to stay.
During the summer we love to Camp, or for longer trips we find a cosy cottage is ideal as a base. During the winter, we turn to Glamping, we love the rustic pods which still have the outdoors benefits of camping as we find that life leading directly into the outdoors resets our minds completely.
With all of our travels brings long car journeys. Just this summer, we visited the Lake District, spent a week in stunning Cornwall, before traveling back up to the spectacular West Coast of Scotland. We then had lots of little camping and glamping trips in between in North Wales, The Lakes and Northumberland.
We are so lucky that Nala and Luna are happy travelers, but we always ensure we take many breaks with walks and drinks to break the journey up. We use a big roof box for all our gear and have the boot set up just for dogs, with a dog guard, divider and tail gate to give them their own space and keep them safe when stopping roadside. We also have the Kurgo Cargo Cape at the base of the boot to catch all the mud and muck that comes with dogs, this is fab as it flips out as well to protect the bumper.
Our must haves on our trips are mostly Kurgo, we searched for a long time to find high quality, yet practical gear. I would say our essentials are the Kibble Carrier and Collapsible Food and Water Bowls that fold down super small when not in use. The Quantum Leashes for their versatility they have so many different uses, from tethering on campsites to hands free hiking. The Journey Air Harnesses and Baxter Packs are fantastic and unrestrictive giving freedom to move fully which is needed when you’re clambering up and over rocky terrain. And as Winter sets in, we will be using the Loft Jackets and Core Sweaters (fab for those cooler camps too) more and more, they are adjustable, lightweight yet very warm and cosy.
Last but not least, and I feel one of the most important pieces of kit, is the Kurgo First Aid Kit. We recently had to put this to use, midway through a long hike in the Scottish Highlands when Nala, managed to badly cut her paw on a rock. The First Aid Kit contained everything I needed to clean her up, stem the bleed and bandage her up. I’m not sure what we would have done without this essential piece of kit, whilst we always carry a human First Aid Kit, this dog specific kit was a new addition. Phil, my husband, was a hero too as he fireman’s lifted her all the way to the car to avoid further damage.
I have lots of stories to tell about our travels, but for now I shall leave it at that, we are currently in the Lake District enjoying a log fire and watching the sunset, so we must make the most of our stay as always.