The Berger Bungalow: How to pack a hiking backpack for you and your dogs

How to pack a hiking backpack for you and your dogs
Posted on:4.04.2017

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The best feeling in the world is coming home to two fuzzy tails wagging at you as you walk in the door after a long day at work. When I do work out of the house, I am usually gone for 10-11+ hours, which is a long time for my dogs to be alone. Each day, I always assume that they are going to be mad at me for leaving them for that long, but as soon as I do enter that door, their tails go wild and they are smiling from ear to ear. They are the most selfless pups in the world and I am so thankful.

When I am not working, I try to spoil them rotten! I try to feed them great food and lots of treats, we play ball constantly, snuggle in bed and now that I have been working out more, we also go on hikes at a mountain just a few minutes from my house! Getting out of the house has to be their favorite activity - they love socializing and exploring the area. 

This past weekend, my sister came into town from Athens, so we decided to make a day out of our hiking trip, which is the best way to do it! We packed a backpack, grabbed the dogs and headed out the door. It was the perfect day. We  walked all around the Kennesaw Mountain area and we even had a small picnic while there. Today, I want to share with you all some pictures of our day and also show you how you can pack a backpack for yourself and your dogs!

How to Pack a Hiking Backpack for You & Your Dogs

Step 1: Find a backpack that works for you.
The backpack I chose was one that I have had since college. It is not anything fancy, but I love that it has two compartments and also side pockets and a front pocket! 

Step 2: Pack your hiking essentials!

This includes:

- leashes

- water bottles

- a fitness tracker (if you use one)

- your phone

- any snacks that you might need if it is a long hike

Step 3: Pack your picnic essentials!

This includes:

- a big blanket that will fit yourselves and your dogs

- a lunch for yourself. I love to pack a big bottle of sparkling wine, cheese and crackers and a treat. Another good option if you want something a little more casual is a sandwich, some chips and a cookie! This trip, we just packed sandwiches and popcorn, which was extremely easy.

- a lunch (or snack) and treat for the pups! They have worked hard too and you need to treat them! I love bringing a little container to fill with water and when they are done with that, I fill the bowl with some PEDIGREE® Dry Complete Nutrition Chicken Large Breed and mix in a PEDIGREE® POUCH 8ct Beef, Bacon, & Cheese/Hearty Chicken! I found these at Walmart in the pet section and the girls go crazy for them - anytime I put it in their food, they gobble it up right away. It really is just like a treat on top of the dry food. I’ve always struggled with feeding them on the go and thankfully, it is so much easier now with PEDIGREE® POUCH 8ct Beef, Bacon, & Cheese/Hearty Chicken. It is an easy to tear pouch and I use the entire thing, so there are no messy leftovers in the backpack - I just toss the pouch and I’m good to go!

Step 4: Pack any extras.
This depends on you, but for me, this includes:

- allergy medicine

- sunscreen and bug spray

Step 5: Head out the door and have an amazing day!!

Next time you are shopping for your dog, look for PEDIGREE® POUCH 8ct Beef, Bacon, & Cheese/Hearty Chicken at Walmart in the pet food section and let me know what you think!! How do you spoil your pup?

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