If you are living an active outdoor lifestyle with your dog, you will need an outdoor dog bed. But did you know that there are also sleeping bag beds for dogs? This can be a cute and convenient addition to your campsite when you are camping with your dog. Here’s why you should consider adding a dog sleeping bag bed to your outdoor gear.
Why buy a dog sleeping bag bed?
When you are at home or traveling by car, chances are your dog has a blanket or two. This setup can work quite well for car camping. But, if you are going for a backpacking trip, a two in one product can help lighten your load. A dog sleeping bag bed will substitute both the bed and the blanket. Your dog will love burrowing inside of it to get cozy.
A sleeping bag for dogs will also save space. Instead of hauling around a bed and a blanket, you can stuff it down in a stuff-sack and clip it to some of your gear. Instead of hoping your dog’s beloved blanket doesn’t get wet (been there), you can relax. Some of the dog sleeping bag beds are waterproof and most are water-resistant. Dog sleeping bag beds are also more durable than a typical outdoor dog bed and blanket. So, if your dog is a bit nervous the first night they won’t be able to chew through it.
Top five best dog sleeping bed bags
The flannel interior of this sleeping bag looks so cozy. The material is soft and warm, making it a good choice for winter camping depending on your climate. It is not as lightweight as other options, so it might be best for car camping or visiting a cabin. If you are going to be going on an ultralight trek, this might not be the right fit for you. When packed, it weighs over 1lb which can be a lot to add. Still, it is more convenient than carrying both a dog bed and blankets when packing for a camping trip. Check price here.
- Waterproof base
- Rolls up into small stuff sack (included)
- Warm flannel interior
- Available in three sizes
- Bright green color
- Not as lightweight as other options
My favorite thing about this dog sleeping bag is the shape. It’s round, so it accommodates your dog’s natural sleeping position. They can sleep on or in the sleeping bag. The bright orange color makes it very easy to spot on the campsite. This sleeping bag bed will save room in your backpack because it is so lightweight. But, because it does not have a heavy lining, you will not want to use this in weather where your dog might get cold. Check price here.
- Water repellent exterior
- Bright color
- Round so it accommodates the dogs natural sleeping position
- Rolls up very small for packing
- Available in three sizes
- Not heavy enough for cooler temperatures
- You may need to train your dog to walk into it and turn around then lie down facing out
If you are shopping for a year round dog sleeping bag bed, this could be a good option. It is built to keep your dog cool in hot temperatures and warm when the mercury drops. This is thanks to the Helios “Black Shark” technology. My favorite feature is that many Helios dog sleeping bags can be zipped together to create a larger area. This would be wonderful for camping with more than one dog. Check price here.
- “Black shark” technology retains heat while keeping your dog cool
- Can be zipped open to double the size as a sleeping mat on the campsite
- Nylon carrying strap included
- Not as budget friendly as some other options on this list
This sleeping bag is another good choice for summer camping or visiting a cabin. If the temperature dips, your dog may need extra bedding with this depending on their size. But, it is very budget friendly and ultralight. It includes a carrying bag. The feature that stands out to me about this bag is that it has two zippers, one at the side and one at the tail end. This way your dog can go in and get cozy from the tail end, and then you can zip it up for warmth. This might be an easier option than training your dog to go in and turn around. Check price here.
- Two zippers, one at side and one at tail end
- Very light
- Includes carrying bag
- Polyester filled cotton
- Machine washable
- Water resistant
- Not 100% waterproof
- Not an all-season sleeping bag
- No interior padding
This bed is 100% waterproof and budget friendly. That combination is definitely hard to find! Once again, I would stick to summer use with this sleeping bag, since it doesn’t seem to have any thick padding. It does have fleece to keep your pet warm at night. If you will be camping in cooler temperatures, I would test this out with a trip in warmer conditions. Check to see how warm it gets inside and determine if this will be warm enough. Check price here.
- Fleece lining
- Packable bag included
- Comes in three colors
- May not be suitable for cooler temperatures
- You will need to train your dog to go in and turn around
- Only one size, will not fit dogs over 40lbs
Overall best dog sleeping bed bag
Out of all these options, I would choose the DOGHELIOS ‘Trail-Barker’ Multi-Surface Water-Resistant Travel Camper Sleeper Pet Dog Bed. This dog sleeping bag is good for all-season camping. I live in Canada and I do enjoy late fall and early spring camping. Although, I’m not into backpacking with snow on the ground! Sometimes, driving a couple of hours north the temperatures do drop dramatically at night. I love that there is a lot of extra padding in this dog sleeping bag. After a long hike and playing outside all day, my pup Thor would definitely appreciate that. If you are looking for an outdoor dog bed, check out my review here.
Hi, I’m Natalie! I’m a dog owner and I do my best to live an active lifestyle. About 4 years ago I adopted my dog Thor. Since then, he has learned to jog, camp, and even canoe. I’m here to help you to make your pupper a part of your active lifestyle too!