Dog beach checklist: what to pack holiday cottages


Dog beach checklist: what to pack

Harbour Hounds 30 March 2021

Planning a day at the beach with your dog and wondering what to pack? Our friends over at Harbour Hounds have helped us out by putting together a list of essentials for your next dog-friendly beach holiday

Who’s dreaming of sunny beach days, rolling waves and feeling the sand between their toes (and paws)…? We are and we’re sure you are too. 

Beach days and what to pack

What do we need to pack for a perfect day on the beach with the dog? What makes life easy and fun for us and our pooches?

Check out our top 10 handy list of dog beach essentials not to forget on those beautiful beach days: 

Poo bags

Dog treats with charcoal

We know it’s stating the obvious but keeping our beaches free from dog mess is vital. We like Fetch It as they are compostable and also kind to the environment, and at Harbour Hounds, we even have treats with added charcoal to help pups who have rather smelly poo - for the "stinkers" in the house. 

Beach bag

Beach bag

A beach bag is a must for any trip out and at Harbour Hounds we have a very clever Beach Bag Mat that does more than just carry your stuff. Turn this beach bag inside out, pop the stud fastenings and you have a mat to sit on too.


Beach picnic

We have all got more used to taking our own refreshments out and about with us and what’s more, many of us have improved our culinary skills. So, why not create a beautiful picnic with all your favourite scrummy new recipes?



If you want your four-legged friend to look as cool as you on the beach, then look no further than the Harbour Hounds bandana. Made from crisp Portuguese shirt cotton, this double-sided nautical necktie will have all the pooches turning their heads.


Dog towel

If like us, you have a pooch that loves the water then what could be more fun than taking a dip with them? Don’t forget your towel, it's a must-have dog beach accessory - you’ll need it for drying off your dog after they’ve enjoyed splashing about in the sea. 

Harbour Hounds dog drying robe

Harbour Hounds dog drying robe

A super snuggly drying robe is just what your dog needs at the end of a fun day on the beach. Ensuring your dog is warm and dry after exercise reduces muscle stress, tension, and injury. 

The Harbour Hounds dog drying robe is not only nautically stylish but wicks away the moisture and traps the air and body heat. It has a turtleneck design to keep the neck dry and warm, with quick stud fastening, rather than Velcro or plastic clips, and no awkward leg straps.  

Water and dog water bowl 

Water and dog water bowl

After running around the beach swimming and playing, your dog is going to get thirsty and need a drink. It’s not a good idea to let your dog take in too much salt water, as it’s really not good for them, so pack a bowl and some water just for them. In summer it can be easy for your dog to overheat while racing around outside - read our summer tips for your dog to plan ahead. 

Treat bag and treats

Treat bag and treats

The beach can be a great place for training, with lots of space and the safety of being away from roads, so training treats are good to bring along… not only for training. You’ll have a picnic right, so your dog will want a snack too. 

Harbour Hounds have a yummy collection of dog treats and snacks and a really useful waterproof treat bag to put them in. No more soggy treats!      


Dog toys from Harbour Hounds

Your dog would never forgive you if you left her favourite ball at home on a beach day. A trip to the seaside is not the same without fun dog toys to keep your pup entertained - they are the perfect way to bond with your dog and just have fun! Dog toys are a great excuse for your pup to meet other canine friends during your day out too.

Harbour Hounds have some fun sea-inspired toys. Check out Carlos the Crab, Stanley Starfish or Olive the Octopus - all eco friendly and safe to chew.



Last but not least: Most of us use our phones to take photos these days so don’t forget to take lots of snaps of you and your dog’s memorable day and post them on the Canine Club Facebook page - it's always lovely to see dogs having a fun day out with their family at the beach. 

Thanks to Harbour Hounds for this wonderful guest post! If you want to begin planning your next getaway to the beach, take a look through our full collection of coastal cottages. 

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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