We all travel – longer or shorter distances. Maybe we could call our time even the traveling era. Well, there are many travel options you can choose from, none of them should exclude your dog. With a little organizing ahead of time you can make it real easy for your dog to join you and your family on your travels and to enjoy every moment of it.
But there are some points you need to take into consideration before taking your dog on a longer trip. Here are some thoughts.
Your organization around taking your dog on your travel depends on the question what your travels are about. Will you take flights? Will you travel in the car? Will you travel in your RV or Camper? Does your travel involve longer hiking tours? Or does it involve longer stays in hotels or rentals?
Here are some items you might take with you to make your travel a joyful experience for everybody, you and your dog.
If your travel includes flights you can take a look at getting an airline-approved dog kennel. An airline approved dog kennel has to fulfill several points in order to be accepted by the airlines. And even then you need to check with your chosen airline to find out if they have additional requirements. Some airlines for example allow small dog kennels to be carried in the cabin others not.
Are you planing for a longer travel in your car you might get pet car seat belts. A pet car seat belt is a practical choice, and it doesn’t matter if your dog is used to sit on the front seat or back seat. You can use pet seat belts everywhere in your car. Get your dog slowly used to the seat belt and soon you‘ll both enjoy a hassle-free fun driving experience.
If you plan to make longer hiking tours with your dog– which I encourage you to do, so many dogs just love to hike – you could get your dog a backpack that is specifically designed for dogs. They fulfill all requirements for free movements, safety and comfort. Very important points. Good dog backpacks need to be made of a water-resistant, durable and breathable material. So many dogs like to jump into every water and mud they encounter on the hike. The backpack needs to withstand all these movements and hazards and shouldn’t come loose.
If your travels include longer stays in hotels or rentals your dog will need his own bowls for food and water. There are great collapsible travel pet feeding bowls available. Many of these bowls come with clips in order to be able to clip them to your belt or to the dog’s leash. Therefore you can easily and conveniently take them on your walks with your dog.
Well, and the best solution of course is a dog travel bag that includes most of the here mentioned items that your dog might need on your travels.
Comsun Collapsible Dog Bowl
- Safe eco-friendly material
- Durable and reusable
- Easy for storage and transportation
I keep these in the car, my training bag, etc., in case I find myself unable to give my dog a drink when we’re out and about. You don’t need a big dish for that; you just refill until he’s satisfied. Small is good. The dishes take up hardly any space.
The bowls are quite nice. Relatively small but they get the job done. We have a 60lb lab mix that has no trouble with them. For water if he’s very thirst we just fill them up a couple of times.
These are really good bowls. They are light woody and take up minimal space. We used them on our hike and they were easy to use. Excellent purchase and well worth the money.
Petmate Sky Kennel
- Heavy duty high plastic construction
- Comes in 6 sizes
- Non-corrosive plastic wing nuts
- Extra strong steel wire
- Secure door latches
- Four way ventilation
This was the only kennel I found that came closest to airline requirements. It is approved by the USDA and IATA.
This is the best kennel you can buy for your 30 to 50-lb dog’s flight. As an airport biologist and dog owner, I highly recommend this kennel. I use it regularly. It is strong and secure.
The crate is well-built, and I particularly liked the vault style door in the front. The vault style has four pins, and they insert into all four sides of the crate. This four-pin lock can only be closed if all four pins are inserted properly, so you don’t have to worry about partially securing the door. It’s either locked or not, and it’s pretty obvious when you do it.
aHeemo Pet Safety Seat Belt
- Compatible pet seat belt fits most vehicle
- Easy to release from seat belt slot with hassle-free clip
- Made of high quality nylon fabric
- Solid zinc alloy swivel snap
- Metal buckles
- Length range: 20.86“ to 33.66“
They are Perfect! They are very well made too! They fit perfectly and are very secure. I have two rambunctious German Shepherd girls both still in puppy hood, but both a healthy 70+lbs. Who play ALL the time, and can report these held them both securely much to their annoyance. I would without a doubt buy these again from this seller without issue or concern.
Perfect for my two dogs. Fits perfectly into my seat belt holders. . For both of my dachshunds. Would work well for any size dog. adjustable Plenty of room and yet not too long. Exactly as described. Good and sturdy material. And good clip.
With this product the dog is tied to the belt and very safe in case of sudden stop or accident.
Ruffwear Full-Day Hiking Pack for Dogs
- Features a weight-forward saddlebag design
- Streamlined design and lightweight materials
- Padded comfortable handle
- Integrated harness and reflective trim
- Non-slip straps and sheltered buckles
- Comes in 5 sizes
Stitching is solid. Material is solid. I like the handle. It does ride forward over the shoulders. The pack size itself is large, but can fit a 1L water bladder easily and that is what I use for weight. It has the big pockets, and then one smaller pocket above it to put treats, keys, whatever in.
My Boxer (and I) love this backpack! We use it all time when we go hiking or even on our daily walks to give her a job to do. It has large pockets so that she carries everything we need on our day hikes except the car keys. We’ve even used it when we go on vacation to pack everything she’ll need for the trip.
My little yorkie loved carrying this pack on our hike. The pockets are perfect for treats and small bags of food. It didn’t weigh or slow him down, and he looked really cute in it.
Overland Dog Gear Dog Travel Bag
- Organized luggage system for travels with dogs
- Meets airline carry-on requirements
- Includes two 5 cup collapsible dishwasher safe bowls
- Includes a placemat
- Includes two lined carriers to store 30 cups of dog food
- Zippered inside pocket and adjustable shoulder strap
I couldn’t be happier with this purchase. So easy to keep stuff in it and just throw in the car when you want to go to the park or take a quick day trip. Going to be awesome for longer weekend trips too. It’s large and holds plenty of stuff.
We Love this Travel Bag! It looks nice, seems durable and well built, and is designed well to hold the various things we take with us as we travel. We highly recommend it.
This bag is so great! We just returned from a 1400 mile car trip, and this bag was perfect! It held all the dog food and treats needed and all of the leashes, collars, etc. we decided to take with us. I can’t say enough about this bag!