Your Ultimate Dog Walking Kit List

Are you ready to take on the great outdoors with your four-legged friend? Whether it's exploring new hiking trails or just a leisurely stroll in the countryside, having the right kit can make all the difference.  At Cotswold Outdoor, we understand the importance of being well-prepared for any adventure, which is why our team of dog-loving experts have put together some top tips for finding the perfect clothing and kit for your next dog walk.  

The Right Dog Walking Footwear

When it comes to finding the perfect footwear for your dog walks, it's essential to think about the terrain you'll be exploring. If you're looking to go off the beaten track and tackle some rugged terrain, you'll want a pair of hiking boots with good ankle support and traction to prevent slips and twisted ankles. These boots will also give your feet the support they need to prevent any aches and pains. 


If you're sticking to the local park, a comfortable pair of walking shoes will do the trick. Look for shoes with plenty of cushioning and support, especially in the arch and heel areas, to help prevent fatigue and foot pain. But no matter what type of footwear you choose, make sure you get the right fit.  


TOP TIP: Try them on with the socks you'll wear during your dog walks and take them for a spin around the store to ensure they're comfortable and fit just right. 


With the right footwear, you'll be able to keep up with your furry friend and explore wherever your adventures take you. Swing by your nearest Cotswold Outdoor store for expert advice and a free fitting for your boots and backpack - we've got you and your furry companion covered! 

Weather-Ready Dog Walking Clothing

Get ready to wag tails with clothing that not only looks good but adapts to your environment too.  

Cold Weather Kit

In colder months, layer up to stay warm and cosy. Start with a base layer that wicks away moisture, add a mid-layer of insulating fleece, and top it off with a waterproof and windproof jacket. Don't forget to keep your extremities warm with gloves, a hat, and insulated socks. 

Warm Weather Kit

As the temperature rises, opt for lightweight and breathable fabrics like cotton or polyester to prevent overheating. Wear light-coloured clothing to reflect the sun's rays, and don't forget your sunglasses and hat to protect your eyes and face. And of course, always apply suncream to any exposed skin. 

Wet Weather Kit

Depending on the season, weather can be unpredictable. A sudden downpour can quickly dampen your spirits and your clothes, which is why it's important to be prepared. A lightweight, waterproof jacket or a doggie jacket can help keep you and your dog dry, comfortable, and happy on your adventure. Don't let the weather spoil your fun – pack some waterproof gear and enjoy your walk, no matter what the skies bring. 


By dressing appropriately for the weather, you and your furry companion can enjoy comfortable and safe adventures, no matter what Mother Nature has in store. Don't forget to swing by your nearest Cotswold Outdoor store for expert advice and free fitting on footwear and backpacks

The Perfect Dog Walking Backpack

To ensure you're fully prepared for a long hike or walk with your furry pal, it's important to have a well-equipped backpack that meets your needs. Look for a backpack with comfy padded shoulder straps and a waist belt to evenly distribute the weight. Choose a size that's just right - not too big or small. 

Pack For You

Stay hydrated on your journey by packing water bottles or a hydration system. Don't forget to bring snacks like energy bars, fruits, and nuts to keep your energy levels up. And be prepared for any mishaps with a first aid kit containing essentials like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and painkillers. 

Pack For Your Dog

When walking your dog, pack items for them too, such as a lead to keep them safe and under control, waste bags for clean-up, a collapsible water bowl, and treats for rewards or quick snacks. A pet-friendly first aid kit with items like gauze, tweezers, and hydrogen peroxide is also essential in case of minor injuries or accidents. 

In addition to these essentials, consider bringing a map or GPS device, insect repellent, a torch or headlamp, and a whistle for emergencies. With a well-stocked backpack, you'll be ready for anything and able to enjoy the outdoors with peace of mind. Visit your nearest Cotswold Outdoor store for expert advice and a free fitting for your boots and backpack. 

From carefully chosen footwear to a well-stocked backpack, the right kit can make all the difference. If you're unsure about what kit you need, visit your nearest Cotswold Outdoor store, where our expert staff can help you find the perfect fit for your boots and backpack. We offer free boot and pack fitting to ensure everything is comfortable and fits perfectly, so you can enjoy your outdoor adventures to the fullest

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