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Dog Beach Checklist: Everything You Need for a Sun-sational Day Out!

by | 8 November 2023

Imagine a place where the sun kisses the horizon, the waves whisper tales of the deep blue, and the sand beneath your feet is just a canvas for your dog’s happy paws. That’s right, we’re talking about the quintessential dog-friendly beach day—an adventure that promises wagging tails and wet noses. But, hold your horses, or rather, your doggies—jumping into this escapade requires a bit more than just a spontaneous fetch into the waves. You need the ultimate dog beach checklist!

Think of it: every sniff, every frolic, every splash your dog makes is pure joy. But that joy can quickly become a doggone dilemma if you’re not beach-bag ready. Whether it’s your first puppy paddle or you’re seasoned sea-dogs, there’s always a trick or two to learn about beach prep. Ensuring you’ve packed all the canine essentials will mean the difference between a beach day that’s a splash hit and one that’s a total washout. So, let’s ensure your beach day with your furry friend is nothing short of pawsitively perfect!

So, we’ve fetched a list to have your pup barking for the beach. This isn’t just any checklist; it’s a beach packing list for dog days out, crafted with love and care to ensure your salty escapades with your pooch are memorable for all the right reasons. Get ready to embrace the sea breeze with your four-legged companion in tow, and let’s make every sandy step count. Dive into our dog beach checklist and let the seaside serenity begin!

Sniffing Out the Essentials: What to Pack for a Dog-Friendly Beach Day

Poo Bags

@chase_me_corgi at the beach with Oh Crap Dog Poop Bags
@chase_me_corgi with dog poop bags at the beach

Let’s start with the basics: poo bags. Not the most glamorous part of your beach escapade, but Oh Crap has got you covered—literally. Our compostable dog poop bags are a beach essential. They’re not just for keeping the sands clean; they’re a nod to Mother Nature, saying, “We care!”

Beach Mat

A picture of Indie Boho's Seashells travel dog matt
Indie Boho’s Daydream Shells Dog Travel Mat

When you are out all day, your furry friend wants to know where they can find your group, even when half of you are paddling around or out of the surfboards. Or they might want a break to chill for a minute between doing their best sea-dog impressions. It’s important they know where their safe space is, so that’s why we pack our favourite dog travel mat so your furry friend has a familiar place to come back to.


Picnics are not just for humans. Pack a basket with snacks for you and your pup because beach frolicking is hard work, and you’ll both need to refuel. Don’t forget the doggie treats—after all, it’s a dog’s day out!


A dog named @chilliwoof wearing a bandana at the beach.
@chilliwoof wearing a bandana at the beach.

A dog bandana isn’t just a fashion statement; it’s a practical accessory that keeps your dog looking cool while staying cool. It’s the perfect flair for your pup’s beach outfit, and it can also be dampened to help beat the heat.

Dog Beach Towel

Picture of beach towel from Mr Doggo brand with hundreds of cartoon dogs faces on the front
Dog Beach Doogle Towel From Mr. Doggo

A dog-specific beach towel is a must. It’s for those moments when your pup shakes off the sea, spraying a 360-degree shower. Having a towel means they can get as wet and wild as they want, and you can dry them off instantly!

Fresh Water

Saltwater isn’t for sipping. Make sure to pack plenty of fresh water to keep your furry friend hydrated. A well-hydrated dog is a happy dog, and nothing’s worse than a parched pooch on a hot day.

Dog Water Bowl

Ibiyaya quick bite collapsible dog bowl from Modern Pets in Pink
Ibiyaya quick bite collapsible dog bowl from Modern Pets in Pink

Along with fresh water, bring a collapsible dog bowl. It’s lightweight, easy to pack, and ensures your dog can quench their thirst wherever you set up base. Stainless steel bowls are also an option. However, they tend to get very hot, so if it’s a summer’s day, try to find a bowl that won’t soak up the heat.

Treat Bag and Treats

Sweet potato and beef liver dog treats
Sweet Potato and Beef Liver dog treats

Dog Treats are the way to your dog’s heart and the perfect incentive for them to come back to you after chasing seagulls. Pack a variety of treats in a dedicated dog treat bag because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a good snack?

Dog Toys

Bring toys that are perfect for the beach—think floatable fetch toys and tug ropes. They’re not just fun; they’re a workout in disguise for your pup.


Whether it’s a smartphone or a camera, make sure to capture those candid moments of your dog’s beach day. From the first paw print in the sand to the sunset snuggles, these are memories worth keeping.


A dog lead is essential for moments when you need to keep your dog close. Choose a comfortable, sturdy lead that can handle the salt and sand.

Dog First Aid Kit

A doggy first aid kit is a must for any unexpected scrapes or splinters. Better safe than sorry, so keep one in your beach bag just in case.

Dog Beach Day Checklist FAQs 

When is it Too Hot to Take Your Dog to the Beach?

As we fetch the details for a perfect beach day, let’s paws for a moment to consider safety. When the sun’s blazing, it’s crucial to know when it’s too hot for your dog. If the sand’s too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot for your pup’s paws. Always check the temperature and look for signs of overheating in your dog. Early morning or late afternoon beach trips are ideal to avoid the scorching midday heat.

Wave Goodbye to Worries: Wrapping Up Your Dog Beach Checklist

And there you have it, a checklist that’ll make any dog’s tail wag excitedly for a day at the beach. Remember, it’s all about fun, but safety is key. With this list, you’ll have everything you need for a memorable and carefree day under the sun.

With your bags packed and your pup’s tail in full wag mode, you’re ready to hit the beach. Don’t forget to leave only paw prints behind and ensure every beach trip is an eco-friendly one with Oh Crap’s compostable poo bags!

We’d love to hear about your beach escapades with your four-legged friends. Share your stories and photos with us using #OhCrapFamily on Instagram, and let’s create a community of beach-loving pooches. Who knows, your furry friend might just be the next doggy paddle champion! So, dig up a comment or fetch us a like and stay pawsome, beach-goers!

<a href="" target="_self">Henry Reith</a>

Henry Reith

Henry is proud to be one of the crapologists at Oh Crap, and specialises in crap jokes & sharing paw-some content.

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