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Top 15 best dog travel accessories to pack on your trip 2020

A new adventure with your four-legged friend calls for some dog-friendly accessories to keep your pooch comfortable on the go. From feeding bowls to carriers and everything in between, investing in some dedicated doggy products can make traveling with your best friend even easier. Here are our top recommendations (and product reviews) for the best accessories/essentials when travelling with your dog…

A dog travel bag

Dog travel accessories

https://www.amazon.com/Top-Dog-Travel-Bag-Accessories/dp/B07D7GWDDL/

If you are taking your pooch away on an adventure with you, he or she will definitely need their very own travel bag. This bag is compact enough to meet with the size restrictions of most airlines, yet spacious enough to hold everything your furry friend needs for the trip ahead.

Made from easy to clean and highly durable material, this bag features a font magnetic sleeve pocket for easy access to everyday essentials. It also has a zippered side pocket, an internal zippered mesh pocket, and a removable internal divider to keep your doggy belongings safe on the go.

Better still, this bag comes with two collapsible, dishwasher safe, silicone feeding bowls and a further two-lined food storage containers meaning that you can feed your pet whenever and wherever you need to. Designed to meet the feeding, grooming, and cleaning needs of your four-legged friend, a specialist dog travel bag like this one is much more practical than a standard travel bag.

A dog cooling mat

Travel accessories for a dog - a cooling mat

https://www.amazon.com/Arf-Pets-Cooling-Kennels-Crates/dp/B0192CJO30/

If you are heading out somewhere hot with your best friend, a cooling pad provides continuous cooling relief for up to three hours. Perfect for keeping your pooch comfortable and lowering the risk of overheating or dehydrating, these pads are highly effective and easy to take away with you.

Made from non-toxic, completely latex-free material, the cooling matt is safe to lie on. The solid gel construction makes the mat flexible to fold flat while still being durable enough to last for many trips to come.

Fully wipeable and easy to keep clean, this clever piece of kit measures an impressive 27” x 43” and will absorb and regulate the body temperature of your dog.

A dog travel water bottle

Travelling with a dog - water bottle

https://www.amazon.com/Yicostar-Collapsible-Dispenser-Bottles-Portable/dp/B07SGFYGGX/

Finding water on the go is usually easy enough, but having access to a clean, fresh water bowl for your beloved pooch is not always so simple. With this cleverly designed water bottle and drinking bowl combination, you can rest assured that your furry friend will never go thirsty again.

Made from 100% food-grade silicone and BPA-free PET plastic, this dog water bottle can safely hold up to 20 oz of fresh, clean water. The unusual leaf-shaped drinking bowl allows your pet to drink from the bottle, even on the go. With an additional collapsible food bowl, and a buckle to hang from our belt loops or backpack, this is a simple, but incredibly useful addition for long walks and outdoor adventures.

A doggy stress and comfort jacket

Stress & Comfort Jacket

https://www.amazon.com/Thundershirt-Sport-Anxiety-Jacket-Platinum/dp/B01FN4GW2M/

Loud noises, lousy weather, and even fireworks can cause your best friend, unnecessary fear and anxiety, which can be challenging to control. This comfort jacket is designed to help calm your pooch and is recommended by vets, trainers, and other pet owners alike.

The innovative design of the jacket gently applies a comfortable but constant pressure to help calm anxiety, fear, and even overexcitement. Available in a choice of 7 different sizes and made from machine washable, soft, and breathable fabric, this is an affordable, easy to use solution for drug-free calming.

Suitable for pups who are nervous or scared, as well as those that suffer from separation anxiety or generalized fear, this vest is up to 80% effective for most dogs.

A doggy no-spill bowl

things to take when you travel with a dog

https://www.amazon.com/Petmate-290194-No-Spill-Bowl/dp/B00M1UWJ5G/

Dog lovers know that dogs love to have fun with their water bowls. Rambunctious pups can easily tip over their food or drinking bowls, meaning a mess on the floor for you and a lack of supplies for your doggy.

These bowls have an ingenious non-spill design that rules out spills and cuts down on mess from greedy eaters, as well as helping to keep long ears and beards out of the water.

Made from sturdy, yet foldable plastic, the Petmate no-spill bowl is dishwasher safe and can hold up to six cups or 48 oz of food or water. With its portable design, these bowls make an excellent addition to your pet travel kit, as well as helping to protect your floor when you are back at home.

Dog sunglasses/eye protectors

dog sunglasses

https://www.amazon.com/QUMY-Goggles-Protection-Waterproof-Sunglasses/dp/B01F13BCOI/

Some dogs can really struggle with bright, sunny days, and just like us, they can really benefit from wearing a bespoke pair of doggy sunglasses. Made from high-quality plastic, these soft PVC sunglasses come complete with adjustable chin and head straps to keep them secure while your dog is on the move.

Made from high-grade Polycarbonate, these glasses can filter and reduce UV rays for your pet pooch, while the wear-resistant, anti-cracking, and impact-resistant components should make them good for multiple adventures. Designed with comfort in mind, these glasses are easy to wear and simply snap into place, and they come complete with breathable holes and vents to prevent vapor and keep them breathable.

Offering 100% UV protection, these little beauties will protect your dog’s eyes from hard light, strong winds, water, and even fog. They can be used for everyday protection or kept for special outdoor occasions.

A dog carrier crate for travel

Carrier Crate

https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Double-Door-Folding-Metal-Crate/dp/B00QAVNODI/

A dog crate is an essential item for every dog owner and one that can be used at home as well as out on the road. Great for keeping your dog out of danger in transit, and out of trouble when they need a time out, dog cages offer a safe space for pooches of all shapes and sizes.

While cages can be bulky and much too large for cabin bags and restricted spaces, they can fold down flat to make them easier to fit in your trunk or back seat. This particular model measures a compact 24” x 18” x 20”, but there is also a choice of 5 larger cage sizes available.

To make it more practical for both you and your pooch, this cage has a double-door design for convenient front and side entry. Each door has slide-bolt latches, and the mini dividers on the bottom perimeter are small enough to prevent paws from slipping through. Spacious, practical, and incredibly safe and secure, a carrier crate is a must-have for every dog owner.

A dog harness

dog harness review

https://www.amazon.com/Rabbitgoo-Harness-Adjustable-Reflective-Material/dp/B01M8JT6FT/

Using a harness instead of a leash makes it easier to control and manage your dog as they wiggle, pull, and get over-excited on outdoor adventures. Even good boys and girls can benefit from the use of a harness as they are more comfortable than traditional collars for both doggy and owner.

This harness is available in small, medium, large, and extra-large sizes and can be purchased in a variety of colors too. Designed to prevent your dog from pulling on the lead, this harness comes with two metal leash rings. The back one is perfect for casual walks, while the chest attachment is better for dogs who are training or those who really like to pull.

Not only practical to use, but these harnesses are also super easy to wear – simple slide of the head and buckle up! The adjustable straps mean you can find the perfect fit for your pooch, and the breathable air mesh and nylon will keep your dog comfy on the go.

A doggy car seat cover

travel kit for dogs

https://www.amazon.com/URPOWER-Pet-Seat-Cover-Pets/dp/B01JONT9AK/
Dogs may be adorable, but they can also be exceedingly messy. Muddy paws make light work of clean car seats, instantly covering them with mucky paw prints and stinky wet patches. Protect your car seats with this easy but effective car seat cover with a universal fitting.

Made from water-resistant oxford fabric, and featuring a soft cotton layer of 100% waterproof polyester, this cover offers sling-style protection, keeping your back seat and the rear of your front seat free from dirt and damp. The specially designed grippy loop material will also help to keep pet dander and hair away from your seats and provide resistance against sharp nails and dirty paws. 

Easy to install using the four quick release clips, the cover can fit most standard cars and truck back row seats, and the entire cover can be removed for washing with a damp cloth or a good old fashioned vacuum. Protect your seat from the worst you pooch can throw at it.

A dog backpack for outdoor adventures

Dog travel accessories

https://www.amazon.com/RUFFWEAR-Approach-Orange-Poppy-Medium/dp/B01MZ9DIFP/

Go the extra mile with your pup with this adjustable doggy backpack. Lightweight and comfortable to wear, your pooch can carry their most important belongings with them on the move. This backpack also has reflective trim, meaning you can take your dog out at night too.

Five adjustment points will help you to find a tailor-made fit so that your best friend will still be able to move freely. The saddlebags are stable and form-fitting, and you can add just a couple of smaller items to get your dog used to a load baring backpack.

The padded handle and non-slip straps are designed to help to provide excellent load dispersion for comfortable and controlled lifting, while the additional pockets and external gear loops are there to help your dog carry even more of their favorite doggy bits and pieces.

Dog sunglasses/eye protectors

dog sunglasses

https://www.amazon.com/QUMY-Goggles-Protection-Waterproof-Sunglasses/dp/B01F13BCOI/

Some dogs can really struggle with bright, sunny days, and just like us, they can really benefit from wearing a bespoke pair of doggy sunglasses. Made from high-quality plastic, these soft PVC sunglasses come complete with adjustable chin and head straps to keep them secure while your dog is on the move.

Made from high-grade Polycarbonate, these glasses can filter and reduce UV rays for your pet pooch, while the wear-resistant, anti-cracking, and impact-resistant components should make them good for multiple adventures. Designed with comfort in mind, these glasses are easy to wear and simply snap into place, and they come complete with breathable holes and vents to prevent vapor and keep them breathable.

Offering 100% UV protection, these little beauties will protect your dog’s eyes from hard light, strong winds, water, and even fog. They can be used for everyday protection or kept for special outdoor occasions.

A doggy life jacket

Doggy travel accessories

https://www.amazon.com/Outward-Hound-Granby-Life-Jacket/dp/B0081XIK4Q/

Available in extra small, small, medium, large, and extra-large sizes, this brightly colored doggy life jacket will keep your best friend safe, on and around the water. Because you should never rely on doggy paddle alone to keep your pooch afloat, these specially designed life jackets also come with reflective piping.

Belly buckles and chest straps make it easy to find the perfect fit for your dog, and this easy to wear a life jacket will ensure that your dog feels safe and supported in the water. The larger sizes even come complete with dual grab handles to make it easier to grab your dog should the worst happen, and to help restrain them on dry land.

To keep your pet buoyant at all times, the life jackets also come with foam panels and secure neck floats to ensure their head remains above the water. 

A dog boredom buster

best boredrom buster for dogs

Wherever you are headed, it is essential that you take something with you to keep your furry friend amused along the way. Balls, frisbees, and other traditional toys can be too cumbersome to carry with you, but compact activities like this one are perfect for your pooch to play with wherever you are headed.

The Bob-A-Lot comes in a choice of small or large sizes, and its unusual design makes it wobble and bobble when your dog taps and chases it along the floor. Even more exciting for your pooch, this toy also drops treats along the way, giving your dog an instant reward for all their hard work chasing it.

With a choice of adjustable openings at both the bottom and the top of the toy, you can stash up to 3 cups of most types of dog food within the toy, meaning this is not just a game but also a complete meal provider for your pooch on the go.

Paw Protectors

A dog travel blanket for comfort and warmth

Travel blanket for a dog

Every pampered pooch needs their very own pet blanket, and what could be better than a luxurious Sherpa and fleece travel blanket that comes in a choice of three sizes?

Perfect for use both at home and away, this versatile travel blanket can be used to keep fur and dirt off of beds, floors, car seats, and furniture and is completely machine washable when you need to. Fully waterproof and made from premium microfiber polyester, this blanket is soft enough to let your pooch lounge in comfort while still be compact and lightweight enough for you to carry with you.

Available in a choice of colors and plaid designs, this really is a travel blanket for discerning dogs and their fashionable owners.

Final thoughts

Dog travel kit

Treat your best friend to travel accessories they will love and make your next adventure with your pooch your best ever. From doggy kit bags to beds on the go, whatever makes your dog’s life, and yours, easier while you are away, will help to make your trip calmer and more enjoyable than ever.

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Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not wandering the world, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

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