So when we adopted our dogs it became so much more important. I found when we go on long walk it's not always so easy to get back home easily to grab something we forgot or even pop into stores with our pooches.We also developed an organizational system, that not only keeps our dog stuff in one place, but it allows us to grab an already packed bag without forgetting anything.
And of course, since our dogs consider themselves Socialites and are always on the go, we have a lot of bags for different reasons. Here is what we carry:
Everyday Short-Walk Bag:
this fluke accident that landed me in the ER which taught me the importance of carrying an ID and some cab fare at all times. I also bring extra poo bags, back-up treats for on walk training and citronella spray (and now bear spray as back-up) and my phone as we have heard of people being approached by off-leash aggressive dogs.
We had a hard time finding a small bag with a cross body strap (so it won't swing when I bend down to pick up poo) and the one I did manage to find broke beyond repair. On one of our walks we happened to stop by the Chrome store and pick up the Mimimalist Utility Bag which happens to be the right small size. I also like that it's unisex so E can carry it on walks also.
Family Walk & Chicago Festivals Bag:
meeting people at street festivals. We learned early on that we need to be prepared so we carry a bag filled with: water and a collapsible dog bowl, sunscreen, an extra bandana, our Diana F+ mini camera, treats, extra poo bags, hand sanitizer, and a sarong for impromptu picnics. Plus room for us to pick up anything we might get along the way. We wrote more about it here.
Overnight/ Weekend Bag
cans of food, can opener, extra poo bags, treats, and polar fleece blankets for familiarity. This makes weekend trips less hectic and gives us a place to store our extra dog stuff.
What are some of your other 'must haves' you pack for your pooches?