The 5 Best Dog Backpacks of 2021

Listen Linda. The way you’ve been carrying the treats is all wrong. Let pupper take matters into her own hands with her own backpack. Check out our picks for the best dog backpacks your dog *needs* to keep those eats in perfect condition.

What to Pack in Their Bag

Your dog can pack all of his favorite things in his pack! First of all, what hike is complete without snacks? Help him pack his food, treats, water, safety essentials like his doggo first aid kit, and anything else he might need. Just be sure to limit the pack weight to 10-12% of your dog’s total weight for beginners and below 25% of your dog’s total weight for more advanced hikers to avoid injury (and keep any “are we there yet?” complaints to a minimum).

The 5 Best Dog Backpacks

1. This multi-day hiking dog backpack complete with hydration bladders to keep up that canine glow.


Reviewers assert this bold pack from Ruffwear is worth every puppin’ penny. Two 1-liter, BPA-free hydration bladders ensure your dog stays hydrated; the cute style ensures your fren is the cutest boi in all the backcountry. 

Get it on Amazon for $149.95.

2. This neutral dog backpack perfect for her trips to the farmer’s market for artisanal treats.


Available in 3 colors any sustainable doggo will love, this pack is a just-right size for daily use. He’ll appreciate the vintage style; you’ll appreciate not having to lug around all of his organic produce.

Get it on Amazon for $35.98.

3. This commuter dog backpack for the young pawfessional on the go.


Dogs don’t have MacBooks, but if they did, they’d put ‘em in this bag. With many pockets for stashing gear and 4 adjustment points for a custom fit, this one’s a solid choice for any urban pup with v important places to be.

Get it on Amazon starting at $119.94.

4. This high-visibility dog camping backpack that’ll make your pup look extra rugged.


Trail ready for when it’s time to do a ‘splore, this pack has room for everything for her weekend away from it all. The specially-designed saddlebags compress items and distribute weight so it stays balanced—even when she can’t decide which stuffy to bring so she brings ‘em all. 

Get it on Amazon starting at $79.95.

5. This do-it-all dog backpack that comes with a whole kit of essentials and even doubles as a life jacket.


Not only can this pack serve as a doggo floatation device, it also comes with a whole pack of goodies you need. We’re talking a water bottle, collapsible bowl, reflective leash, and PAW CLEANER. Wow.

Get it on Amazon starting at $47.95.

Time to Hit the Trail! 

Which of the best dog backpacks is your pup gettin’ for her 2021 outings? Woof at us in the comments and be sure to tag us in all those adventure photos at #SidewalkDog.

Featured photo: Halie West

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